COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Monday
New measures for red zones start Thursday, COVID-19 tracing app announcement coming this afternoon
- Quebec reported 1,191 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths on Monday. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 79,650 confirmed cases and 5,884 people have died.
- There are 361 people in hospital (an increase of 27), including 62 in intensive care (a decrease of two).
- CBC Montreal is looking for health professionals who can help us cover issues surrounding the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Quebec. For more information, click here.
With cases soaring, the Quebec government has made masks mandatory for high school students starting Oct. 8. It has also banned team sports, organized leisure activities and shut down gyms.
At 5 p.m., Premier François Legault is expected to announce the federal COVID-19 tracing app will now be available in Quebec.
Quebec has reported the highest single-day total since the pandemic started, with 1,191 new cases on Monday.
This is the fourth day in a row where Quebec's daily total has exceeded 1,000.
Last spring, there were only five days when the province saw more than 1,000 cases — the highest of which was on April 15, when there were 1,104 cases reported. (It should be noted the rate of positive results was higher in April and May, suggesting there were more cases in the community at that time, we just weren't recording them.)
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- Three Gaspé towns moved to highest COVID-19 alert level as cases rise.
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- Forced to close for a second time, Quebec tourist attractions scramble to adapt.
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.