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

Quebec's public health director has confirmed the death of a woman after she received the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine in early April, and the curfew in Montreal and Laval will be pushed back to 9:30 p.m. starting next Monday. Here's what you need to know.

Arruda confirms death of woman after receiving vaccine, curfew pushed back in Laval and Montreal

The province's first corporate vaccination centre has opened. CAE, an aerospace company in Montreal, is now vaccinating employees and their families. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 899 new cases on Tuesday and 14 more deaths. Two previously reported deaths are no longer attributed to COVID-19.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 346,596 confirmed cases and 10,898 people have died. 
  • There are 667 people in hospital (an increase of three), including 170 in intensive care (an increase of three).
  • 45,757 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours for a total of 2,916,897 since Dec. 14.

Quebec's public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, has confirmed the death of a Quebec woman after she received the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine in early April. 

Arruda said tests showed the antibodies created by the vaccine caused the platelet problem that led to the patient's death. 

"It is very sad. I want to offer my sincerest condolences to the family," Arruda said. 

He said 400,000 Quebecers have so far received the vaccine and that the woman's death is within the vaccine's average risk, which is that serious complications arise in one in every 100,000 people vaccinated. 

But Arruda said it's important to weigh the risk of vaccination against the much higher risk of serious complications related to COVID-19.

WATCH: Dr. Zain Chagla on the risks and benefits of the vaccine

Weighing the benefits against the risks of the AstraZeneca vaccine

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Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Zain Chagla says rare adverse reactions and even deaths related to the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine must be balanced against the much higher numbers of COVID-19 deaths and serious illness that can be prevented by receiving the vaccine. 7:47

Curfew pushed back in Montreal, Laval

Premier François Legault announced the curfew in Montreal and Laval will be pushed back to 9:30 p.m. starting next Monday, given the improving situation in the province's two largest cities.

As well, elementary schools will open back up in Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches, though secondary schools and some service centres — in Beauce, Lac-Etchemin and part of Bellechasse — will remain closed given the level of spread in the community, he said. 

"We are getting out of the tunnel but the train of the third wave will hit us if we don't progress gradually," Legault said at a news conference Tuesday.

Given the high positivity rate in the Outaouais region, public health measures will stay in effect until May 9.

Pregnant people next on priority list

Vaccines will also be made available to pregnant people starting Wednesday, after some doctors had called for them to be given priority.

Legault said they are still waiting for those with chronic illnesses and disabilities to make their appointments. As vaccine supply ramps up, he said, they will soon make doses available to the general population.

Businesses join vaccination effort

CAE, an aerospace company in Montreal's Saint-Laurent borough, has become the first private company to join the province's vaccination efforts. 

Last month, the province announced a plan to have 20 to 50 companies set up vaccination centres in order to have their employees and their families inoculated.

The Quebec government approved thirteen corporate vaccination centres earlier this month. On Monday, it added ten more. 

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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.
  • Gastrointestinal issues (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
  • Sore throat, runny or stuffy nose.
  • Generalized muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Fatigue.
  • 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 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.

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

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