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

Detecting as many positive COVID-19 tests caused by the newer, more transmissible strains of the coronavirus is becoming a top priority for the province. Here's what you need to know.

So far, 48 presumptive and confirmed cases related to new coronavirus strains have been detected in Montreal

There are growing concerns possible community transmission of newer strains of the coronavirus in the Montreal region. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 984 new cases on Friday and 25 more deaths. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 274,831 confirmed cases and 10,173 people have died.
  • There are 849 people in hospital (a decrease of 25), including 137 in intensive care (a decrease of six).
  • 4,432 doses of vaccine were administered on Thursday. A total of 280,612 doses have been administered since Dec. 14, accounting for 2.9 per cent of the population.
  • Businesses and other services are gradually reopening. Here's a list of what is open, and what is still closed.

By the end of next week, the province wants to be able to screen 100 per cent of positive COVID-19 tests in the Montreal region in order to better detect new, more transmissible strains of the virus.

As of now, only five labs in the province can screen specifically for a mutation shared by the coronavirus variants that were initially reported in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Overall case numbers have stabilized, and hospitalizations dipped below 900 for the first time in nearly two months, but there are concerns those numbers could spike again if the new variants are not detected quickly.

According to Quebec public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda, there were 48 presumptive or confirmed cases of the new, more contagious variants in Montreal as of Wednesday night. 

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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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