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

As cases of a more infectious variant continue to rise in Montreal, the city will remain the focus of Quebec's mass vaccination campaign. Here is what you need to know.

Vaccination appointments will be available at pharmacies starting week of March 15

There were some glitches and slowdowns on the first day of public vaccinations in Montreal on Monday, but hundreds of people received a dose at 15 different sites. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 588 new cases on Tuesday and eight more deaths. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 288,941 confirmed cases and 10,407 people have died.
  • There are 628 people in hospital (an increase of 16), including 121 in intensive care (a decrease of one).
  • 16,458 doses of vaccine were administered on Monday. A total of 455,328 doses have been administered since Dec. 14.

As cases of a more infectious variant continue to rise in Montreal, the city will remain the focus of Quebec's mass vaccination campaign. 

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Health Minister Christian Dubé said while new cases overall appear to have reached a plateau, cases of the coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom are rising.

He said this could be an indication of the "calm before the storm" for the rest of the province if the variant spreads into other regions — and that the vaccine is their greatest weapon to prevent this from happening.

To get vaccines more quickly, eligible Quebecers will be able to book appointments at their local pharmacy starting in the week of March 15.

Appointments for the elderly to get vaccinated can be already be booked across the province, but the age range varies between regions. For those in Montreal and Laval — areas deemed by the province as a priority for vaccinations — the minimum age to be eligible for an appointment has been now lowered to 70.

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

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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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