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

Advocates say program to grant residency to asylum seekers who work in health care excludes hundreds, and health officials warn of a potential 'fall peak' in COVID-19 cases in Canada. Here's what you need to know.

Health officials warn of potential 'fall peak' in COVID-19 cases

People wear face masks as they walk through a tunnel in a metro station in Montreal. Canada's public health officials are warning of a surge in COVID-19 cases in the fall. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 67 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday and no new deaths in the past 24 hours, although the government reported another death for which it said the date is unknown. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 61,151 confirmed cases and 5,720 people have died. 
  • There are 149 people in hospital (a decrease of two since Friday), including 25 in intensive care (no change). Here's a guide to the numbers.
  • 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.
  • Having trouble keeping track of what has reopened? Consult our list.

Canada's top doctors say they're striving for a best-case scenario but preparing for the worst: a so-called "fall peak" of COVID-19 cases across the country that threatens to overwhelm the public health-care system.

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and deputy public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo presented new modelling on the coronavirus on Friday, flagging a potential surge in cases several times worse than what we've seen so far in Canada.

Tam declined to put a figure on what the caseload might look like, but said health authorities should plan for "something that's at least several times worse than your previous experience." There is much that's still not known about COVID-19, including whether it accelerates with seasonality.

She said what actions Canadians take now will determine how transmissions unfold in the fall.

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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. 

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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