COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Thursday
Quebec wants family doctors to resume seeing patients with COVID-19 symptoms
- Quebec reported 65 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and one new death that occurred before July 13.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 376,109 confirmed cases and 11,232 people have died.
- There are 81 people in hospital (an increase of two) including 23 in intensive care (a decrease of two).
- 101,686 doses of vaccine were administered in the province over the last 24 hours, for a total of 9,752,346.
- 82 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) have received one dose of vaccine, and 48 per cent have received two doses.
COVID-19 data is no longer updated by Quebec's Health Ministry on weekends or on public holidays.
The Quebec Ministry of Health wants family doctors to resume seeing patients with symptoms of COVID-19, such as a dry cough or a runny nose.
In a letter first obtained by Radio-Canada, addressed to doctors in family medicine groups (GMFs), the ministry says the epidemiological situation and vaccination rate in the province make this return to pre-pandemic practices possible.
"It is important to move toward a new normal in terms of risk management of patients with symptoms," wrote Quebec's associate deputy health minister, Dr. Lucie Opatrny.
Until now, a patient showing symptoms of COVID-19 had to go to a designated assessment clinic before they could meet with their family doctor. This process could take days, forcing many to turn to emergency rooms.
All of these assessment clinics are scheduled to be closed by September 6.
The ministry hopes that the resumption of more GMF services will offer short-term relief for emergency rooms facing a critical nursing shortage.
Health Minister Christian Dubé met with the heads of the province's regional health networks on Tuesday, as calls for help from emergency room physicians grow. Outpatient consultations will have a role to play in supporting the network, the ministry says.
All vaccine age groups can now move up 2nd dose
Twelve to 17-year-olds can now move up their second dose appointment, Dubé tweeted Thursday morning. That means all Quebecers who are 12 or older are eligible to receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
People are encouraged to either change their appointment or simply go to a clinic offering walk-ins.
Dubé said public health had approved the earlier timeline, noting that it offered people more flexibility.
The province has been trying to get more young people vaccinated as the age groups below 30 are lagging in reaching the 75 per cent target for receiving a first dose.
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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, vomiting).
- Sore throat, runny or stuffy nose.
- Generalized muscle pain.
- Loss of appetite.
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.
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.