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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Monday

As of today, people 60 and over are eligible to book an appointment for a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Here's what you need to know.

People 60 and over can get a booster shot

As of today, people age 60 and over are eligible to book an appointment for a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Here's what you need to know. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 8,231 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and 10 new deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 519,326 confirmed cases and 11,668 people have died.
  • There are 614 people in hospital (an increase of 169 since Dec. 23), including 109 in intensive care (an increase of 21 since Dec. 23)*. 
  • The province has administered 14,619,762 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Dec. 23.
  • 89 per cent of the eligible population in the province (ages five and up) has received one dose of vaccine, 82 per cent has received two doses, and 13 per cent have received boosters, according to data released Monday.

*Quebec's Health Ministry does not publish the number of vaccines administered on weekends and public holidays. It will not be publishing daily COVID-19 data on Dec. 24, 25, and 26, as well as Dec. 31, Jan. 1 and 2. 

All adults 60 and over in Quebec can book an appointment for a booster shot against COVID-19, starting today.

According to the latest data released by public health, 28 per cent of people 60 and over had already received a third dose in the province.

Groups that were already eligible to receive a third dose include people living in seniors' residences and long-term care centres (CHSLDs, RPAs), health-care workers, some people with a weakened immune system and adults 65 years of age and over.

Outbreak at CHSLD Marguerite-Rocheleau

CHSLD Marguerite-Rocheleau — a long-term care residence for seniors — is reporting a major outbreak. The outbreak began on Dec. 22. So far 59 residents and 39 staff are infected, and two are dead. 

"All the people who aren't doing well are the unvaccinated people," said Paul Arbec, president of Arbec Health Group, the company who runs the residence. He said 80 to 95 per cent are without symptoms at all. 

Arbec believes the virus entered into the CHSLD through community transmission via visitors and employees.

Tighter restrictions

New public health restrictions come into effect in Quebec Sunday as COVID-19 case counts soar across the country.

The province is capping private gatherings at six people or two family bubbles as it reported another 7,874 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths on Sunday. 

Restaurants are now also limited to serving groups of six, or two family bubbles — down from 10 people and three households.

Bars, gyms, movie theatres, concert venues and spas remain closed until further notice. 

The highly infectious Omicron variant of the virus has been driving a surge in COVID-19 cases across much of Canada in recent weeks.

Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, has said Omicron has become the dominant variant in several provinces.

Several Montreal hospitals limit visitors

Multiple Montreal hospitals have suspended or restricted visitors, as of Sunday, as COVID-19 cases — driven by the Omicron variant — surge across the city.

As of 8 a.m. on Dec. 26, "all patient visits will be prohibited until further notice, except for a few exceptions," the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) said on Saturday.

Those exceptions include end-of-life care, medical assistance in dying and childbirth. 

On Friday, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) announced it is also restricting visits in intensive care and critical care units at the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital and the Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital.

For a two-week period starting at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, visits will only be allowed in end-of-life situations or based on the clinical judgment of the care team, the health-care network said in a statement. 

The health-centres say the restrictions are intended to keep both staff and the hospitals' most vulnerable patients safe. 

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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, vomiting).
  • Sore throat
  • Generalized muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Fatigue.
  • Loss of appetite.

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. 

To reserve an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go on the online portal You can also call 1-877-644-4545.

You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here


With files from The Canadian Press and Radio-Canada


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