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

The situation in the capital region is dire and people need to follow the public health rules, the deputy premier said this afternoon. Here's what you need to know.

Quebec's deputy premier and Quebec City's mayor say the region appears to be the epicentre of the 2nd wave

The government sent teams of infectious diseases specialists to several seniors homes, including CHSLD Sainte-Croix in Marieville, Que., in the Montérégie region. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada)
  • Quebec reported 905 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 more deaths, four of which were in the past 24 hours. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 98,226 confirmed cases in the province and 6,106 people have died. 
  • There are 540 people in hospital (a decrease of 13), including 99 in intensive care (a decrease of two).  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's deputy premier, Geneviève Guilbault, has a message for the greater Quebec City area, currently the epicentre of the second COVID-19 wave in the province: get your act together.

"I want to be extremely frank and crystal clear with you: if we keep on the same track as we currently are [on], we are going straight into a wall," she said.

Guilbault said the health-care system will have to start cancelling procedures like hip replacements and delaying cancer diagnoses if COVID cases continue to increase.

WATCH | Guilbault says "we are going straight into a wall"

'We are going straight into a wall'

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Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault warns residents in the Capital and Chaudière-Appalaches regions that they're approaching the point of "breakdown" in the health care system and they need to bring the COVID-19 transmission under control. 1:55

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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).  

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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