COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Friday
Sleepaway camps to reopen this summer, record dose of vaccines administered Thursday
- Quebec reported 919 new cases on Friday and five more deaths. Two deaths were removed from the total as they are no longer attributable to COVID-19.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 356,216 confirmed cases and 10,974 people have died.
- There are 574 people in hospital (a decrease of six), including 139 in intensive care (a decrease of five).
- 102,762 vaccine doses were administered Thursday for a total of 3,550,899 since Dec. 14.
Health Minister Christian Dubé says the province administered a record number of vaccines yesterday, with 102,700 doses given in a single day.
Dubé said there were also 272,000 vaccine appointments made — a new record since the province started its vaccine campaign.
"The response of Quebecers is exceptional," he wrote on Twitter Friday.
Appointment slots for various age groups are opening up this month. Currently, anyone aged 35 and over is eligible for the vaccine.
So far, about 40.1 per cent of Quebec's population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Sleepaway camps will open this summer
Quebec will allow sleepaway camps to operate this summer. According to Quebec's camps association, the province's public health authority has given them permission to open, with special measures in place.
Day camps had already been given the green light to open this summer, and the province announced Thursday that counsellors are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, provided they have proof of employment.
Teens to get vaccine
Quebec has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for teens and plans to make a first dose available to those between the ages of 12 and 17 before the end of June.
Dubé said it's likely a second dose would then be made available in the fall upon the return to class.
The province still hasn't determined whether all the vaccinations will be carried out in schools, he said.
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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.