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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know this weekend

Public health officials in Montreal are asking the public not to use the Santa-Cabrini Hospital's emergency department, which is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Quebec crossed the 100,000 case mark on Sunday amid increases in Montérégie and the Eastern Townships

A cyclist rides through the road cones on Bellechasse St. in Montreal this week. (Ivanoh Demers/CBC)
  • Quebec reported 879 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 more deaths on Sunday. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 100,114 confirmed cases in the province and 6,143 people have died. 
  • There are 551 people in hospital (a net increase of two), including 97 in intensive care (an increase of four).  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.

The CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal is asking the public to avoid Santa-Cabrini Hospital's emergency department, if possible.

A mass-testing operation is currently underway at the hospital because of a COVID-19 outbreak among staff.

A total of six employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Sunday, both the Montérégie and the Eastern Townships recorded significant increases in new cases. Infection rates also remained high in the beleaguered Quebec City area.

On Friday, Quebec's deputy premier, Geneviève Guilbault, delivered a blunt message to her home city, 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 issues a warning to people in the Quebec City area

'We are going straight into a wall'

CBC News Montreal

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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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