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

As Canada's COVID-19 death toll surpassed 15,000, the number of new cases and hospitalizations continued to rise in Quebec.

First case of U.K. coronavirus variant detected in province

Active hospitalizations, including intensive care patients, continue to trend upward in Quebec. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 2,381 new cases on Tuesday and 64 new deaths, 17 of which occurred in the last 24 hours.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 197,311 confirmed cases and 8,124 people have died. Here's a guide to the numbers
  • There are 1,131 people in hospital (an increase of seven) including 148 in intensive care (a decrease of two).
  • 2,857 doses of vaccine were administered yesterday, for a total of 22,500.
  • 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.

The first known Quebecer has been infected with the new coronavirus variant after coming into contact with a family member who had recently returned from the United Kingdom.

A statement from Quebec's Health Ministry says the family member had close contacts with three members of their immediate family after returning home on Dec. 11, more than a week before flights from the UK had been halted.

They tested positive on Dec. 13, and all three family members have since tested positive as well.

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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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