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

Quebec's health minister asks anyone who thinks they were exposed to the virus on their vacation to get tested. Here is what you need to know today.

Hear from Montrealers about what it's like to live through COVID-19

People wear face masks as they commute by Metro in Montreal, Sunday, August 2, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 123 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths Tuesday. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 59,845 confirmed cases and 5,685 people have died. 
  • There are 169 people in hospital (a decrease of three), including 21 in intensive care (an increase of three). 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.

On spring break, before the full brunt of the pandemic hit, Lee-Ann Matthews's plans took her to what ended up being three of the riskiest COVID-19 locales: New York City, a cruise ship and Disney World.

In the time before lockdowns and mandatory masks, she thought she was doing everything she could to protect herself. 

In the first installment of our Living Through COVID-19 video series, we speak with Matthews about her diagnosis, how she became infected and what life has been like since then.

Top COVID-19 stories today

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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