COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Monday
Quebec expected to announce roadmap for reopening tomorrow
- Quebec reported 551 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and eight more deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 363,847 confirmed cases and 11,042 people have died.
- There are 501 people in hospital (a decrease of seven), including 116 in intensive care (a decrease of three).
- 71,701 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours, for a total of 4,396,507 since Dec. 14.
Quebec Premier François Legault will announce the province's deconfinement plan at a 5 p.m. news conference on Tuesday.
He tweeted yesterday that he spent the day preparing for the announcement.
The announcement comes as the number of new COVID-19 cases remains steady and vaccinations ramp up in Quebec.
Last week, Legault indicated the measures would be gradual and will depend on the number of vaccinations, daily cases and hospitalizations.
Nearly 50 per cent of Quebecers have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and many are now waiting to find out what activities will be allowed this summer. A new drive-through vaccination clinic opened today at Montreal's Trudeau airport.
Dr. Theresa Tam, the federal chief public health officer, said last week Canadians who have been vaccinated with one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can socialize with close family and friends outdoors over the summer months — without having to be as strict about physical distancing.
Oh, and if you felt some shaking in and around Montreal just after 7 a.m., that was probably an earthquake.
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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, vomiting).
- Sore throat, runny or stuffy nose.
- Generalized muscle pain.
- Loss of appetite.
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.
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.
Quebec government reminders for preventing the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Wear a mask or face covering 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.