COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know this weekend
Quebec has reached a grim milestone — more than 10,000 people have died due to COVID-19
- Quebec reported 1,081 new cases on Sunday and 32 more deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 270,058 confirmed cases and 10,031 people have died.
- There are 963 people in hospital (a decrease of 19), including 158 in intensive care (a decrease of one).
- 2,033 doses of vaccine were administered Saturday. A total of 256,550 doses have been administered since Dec. 14, accounting for three per cent of the population.
Quebec has reached a grim milestone — more than 10,000 people have died due to COVID-19.
The death toll reached 10,031 Sunday, which accounts for about half of the total number of deaths in Canada.
In a tweet, Health Minister Christian Dubé didn't mention the milestone. He said while numbers in the last two weeks have been encouraging, there are still too many deaths.
On Friday, COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped below 1,000 for the first time since Dec. 25 , and provincial data for soon-to-be orange zones has shown consistently low numbers over the past week, ahead of a gradual reopening that will start across the province Monday.
None of the six orange regions — the Gaspé and the Magdalen Islands, the Lower Saint Lawrence, Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean, Abitibi, the North Shore, and Northern Quebec — have surpassed five new cases a day all week.
In red zones, businesses, museums and hair salons will be allowed to open, but the curfew will remain in place. In orange zones, restaurants and theatres have been given the go-ahead, but with some restrictions still in place, and the curfew is being pushed back to 9:30 p.m.
If you have been feeling isolated, we've compiled some ways to help cope as part of a special CBC Quebec project called Out of the Dark: Real Talk on Mental Health.
Top COVID-19 stories today
- Quebec signing more contracts with private clinics to help clear surgery waitlists
- Quebec urged to list burnout as an 'occupational disease' in update to workplace safety laws
- Cancer specialists are bracing for patients suffering from more advanced disease due to delays in screening and diagnostic testing during the pandemic.
- Hasidic community wins court challenge of public health restrictions on places of worship
- Montreal is preparing a large-scale vaccination site at the Palais des congrès
- Health officials in Quebec remain wary about deploying rapid COVID-19 tests on a large scale.
- Why is there no flu amid so many COVID cases? Your COVID-19 questions answered.
- A beadwork challenge is bringing Kahnawake together amid COVID-19 restrictions.
- CBC's interactive coronavirus tracker with cases, hospitalizations and vaccinations across Canada.
- Here's a list of acceptable reasons for being out after curfew in Quebec.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- 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.