COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Thursday
Spike in cases and hospitalizations is projected in greater Montreal area, premier said
- Quebec reported 707 new cases on Thursday and 20 more deaths. One death was removed from the total because it is no longer deemed attributable to COVID-19.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 290,377 confirmed cases and 10,445 people have died.
- There are 626 people in hospital (an increase of eight), including 115 in intensive care (a decrease of five).
- 16,619 doses of vaccine were administered on Wednesday. A total of 490,504 doses have been administered since Dec. 14.
After March break, many Quebecers will able to go out and dine in restaurants, hit the gym, go see a show, and even stay out past 8 p.m.
As of next Monday, the Eastern Townships as well as the Quebec City, Chaudières-Appalaches, Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec regions will be downgraded from red to orange zones. Their curfew will be pushed back to 9:30 p.m, and houses of worship in those areas will be able to welcome up to 100 people at a time.
On Wednesday, Premier François Legault said a spike in cases and hospitalizations is expected in and around the province's largest city. That's why Montreal, Laval, Montérégie, Lanaudière and the Laurentians will stay red for the forseeable future.
"We cannot, in this situation, change the colours of these zones. So these zones will remain red as a precaution," Legault said.
The government will allow extra-curricular activities and sports in schools — even in red zones — starting March 15. It is also in discussion with sports federations about how to resume sports more widely, but the premier said it's clear some sports cannot be allowed given the risk of transmission.
To reserve an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go on the online portal quebec.ca/covidvaccine. You can also call 1-877-644-4545.
If you have been feeling isolated, we've compiled some ways to help cope as part of a special CBC Quebec project called Out of the Dark: Real Talk on Mental Health.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- New or worsening cough.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
- Gastrointestinal issues (such as nausea, diarrhea).
If you think you may have COVID-19, the government asks that you call 1‑877‑644‑4545 to schedule an appointment at a screening clinic.
Quebec government reminders for preventing the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Wear a mask or face covering when physical distancing is not possible. Wearing a mask is mandatory in enclosed public spaces across the province.
- Stay at least two metres away from other people as much as possible.
- Self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a stay outside the country.