COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Thursday
Province records more than 1,000 cases and 25 more deaths
- Quebec reported 1,030 new cases of COVID-19 and 25 more deaths on Thursday, eight of which were in the past 24 hours. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 103,844 confirmed cases and 6,214 people have died.
- There are 509 people in hospital (a decrease of 17), including 78 in intensive care (a decrease of 11). 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 made reference to a "crisis" unfolding in parts of Europe and the United States as evidence for the need to maintain restrictions in the province's red zones.
"It shows us how critical this situation is and how much all of our efforts over the past weeks have helped us," he said.
Legault said COVID-19 has reached a plateau in the province at around 1,000 cases per day.
"For now, we've avoided the worst. But if we get too confident, the virus will come back stronger."
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- How rapid tests work and why timing is critical.
- Hundreds of Quebec teachers say they're exhausted and struggling to follow public health guidelines.
- Quebec doctors treating COVID-19 have new techniques and treatments but there is still some unknown.
- The pandemic is taking a toll on young Quebecers, according to a public health study.
- Trudeau announces plan to purchase 76 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Quebec City-based Medicago.
- In Quebec, the battle is shifting to workplaces.
- This is what you can and can't do while living in a red zone.
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.