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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Monday

With 586 new cases, Quebec's public health director says the province has entered the second wave and his counterpart in Montreal is calling for more co-operation from the public. Here's what you need to know.

With almost 600 new cases reported today, public health director says Quebec has entered second wave

Three regions, including Montreal and Quebec City, are under stricter guidelines after a rise in COVID-19 cases this week-end. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 586 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths Monday. Three other deaths, occurring between Sept. 14 and Sept. 19 were also reported, and one was removed from the total because it is no longer attributed to COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 68,128 confirmed cases and 5,804 people have died. 
  • There are 148 people in hospital (an increase of 10), including 30 in intensive care (a decrease of one). Here's a guide to the numbers.
  • CBC Montreal is collecting stories from Quebecers who have recovered from COVID-19. If you would like to share your experience, please get in touch.
  • Having trouble keeping track of what has reopened? Consult our list.

With 586 new cases reported Monday — the highest single-day total since May — Quebec Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda says the province has entered the second wave of COVID-19.

"With today's numbers, I am very, very, very concerned by the situation to the point where I am now considering that we're maybe in a second wave — we are in the second wave," Arruda said. 

Arruda's statement comes after three regions, including Montreal and Quebec City, were put under "moderate alert" Sunday.  

On Monday, Dr. Mylène Drouin, public health director for Montreal, said the city is currently dealing with 53 active outbreaks. 

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

  • Fever. 
  • New or worsening cough. 
  • Difficulty breathing. 
  • Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose. 

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.

You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here

 

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