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

Officials in Quebec say now is not the time to be hanging out with older family members.

'Maybe it is not secure to ask for grandpa or grandma to babysit this weekend,' says Dr. Mylène Drouin

Quebec reported a record 1,364 new cases of the virus on Tuesday. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 900 new cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths on Wednesday. One death was reported in the last 24 hours, and four deaths that occurred between Sept. 30 and Oct. 5 were also added to the total. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 81,914 confirmed cases and 5,906 people have died. 
  • There are 409 people in hospital (an increase of 12), including 62 in intensive care (a decrease of five).
  • CBC Montreal is looking for health professionals who can help us cover issues surrounding the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Quebec. For more information, click here.

Officials in Quebec say now is not the time to be hanging out with older family members.

Dr. Mylène Drouin, the public health director for Montreal, says a worrying trend is emerging in the second wave of COVID-19 cases in the city — a growing share of new cases are people aged 65 and older.

"Maybe it is not secure to ask for grandpa or grandma to babysit this weekend," Drouin said. "Maybe it's not the time to have supper with the family."

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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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