COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Tuesday
Quebec premier encourages people experiencing depression, anxiety to call 811
- Quebec reported 877 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths on Tuesday, as well as seven deaths that occurred at an earlier date. Quebec announced it is subtracting 90 cases from the total that had been mistakenly reported earlier as positive. One death was removed from the total because it is no longer attributable to COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 95,216 confirmed cases in the province and 6,055 people have died.
- There are 565 people in hospital (an increase of 33), including 100 in intensive care (an increase of eight). Here's a guide to the numbers.
- Having trouble keeping track of what's now closed? Consult our list.
- 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.
Quebec Premier François Legault says the government has hired 300 people — and plans to hire 300 more — to work for its health-care hotline service, Info-Santé 811.
"I know there are increasing mental health problems," Legault said at a news conference on Tuesday.
Legault, who was joined by Health Minister Christian Dubé and Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda, encouraged people to visit friends and family who live alone. One person is allowed to visit people who live alone, even under the COVID-19 red zone restrictions in place.
Legault said the wait time for 811 has been cut down to a few minutes, down from several hours during the first wave of COVID-19. He encouraged Quebecers dealing with depression and anxiety to pick up the phone.
Legault couldn't say when the restrictions put in place until at least Oct. 28 will be lifted.
"Quebecers have to understand that measures will stay in place until we see the number of cases go down," 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).
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.