COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Monday
Private seniors' residences vaccination campaign delayed due to reduced Pfizer-BioNtech shipments
- Quebec reported 1,203 new cases on Monday and 43 more deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 254,836 confirmed cases and 9,521 people have died.
- There are 1,321 people in hospital (a decrease of six), including 217 in intensive care (a decrease of two).
- 1,960 doses of vaccine were administered over the weekend. A total of 220,715 doses have been administered since Dec. 14, accounting for 2.58 per cent of the population.
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Quebec will delay its vaccination campaign in private seniors' residences because of a reduction in shipments of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine.
The campaign in the private residences was set to begin Monday, with 46,800 more doses of the vaccine scheduled to arrive the same day. Now, only 8,775 doses will be arriving.
The federal government announced last week Pfizer would temporarily reduce shipments of its vaccine to Canada because it is pausing some production lines at its facility in Puurs, Belgium, in order to expand long-term manufacturing capacity.
So far, 218,755 people have been vaccinated in Quebec, including more than 34,000 CHSLD residents. The province had hoped to vaccinate at least 30,000 residents by Feb. 8.
Health Minister Christian Dubé said on Twitter Sunday the number of cases in the province shows an
encouraging downward trend.
The province is now averaging 1,560 cases per day. It was averaging around 2,500 at the start of the month.
Dubé says while this is promising, Quebecers need to keep following COVID-19 guidelines closely to make sure the number of hospitalizations and deaths decrease as well.
The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, and experts say it's important to remember that there is a lot right now that is beyond our control.
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- 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.