COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Thursday
CEGEPs and Universities expected to return to in-person classes in September
- Quebec reported 138 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and no deaths in the past 24 hours.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 377,172 confirmed cases and 11,240 people have died.
- There are 62 people in hospital (an increase of 1), including 20 in intensive care (an increase of 1).
- 71,186 doses of vaccine were administered for a total of 10,912,024 doses administered in Quebec.
- 83 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) have received one dose of vaccine, and 65 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COVID-19 data is no longer updated by Quebec's Health Ministry on weekends or on public holidays.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 government is set to announce a return to in-person classes this fall for CEGEPs and universities, sources have told Radio-Canada.
Instead of basing its decision to hold in-person classes on the vaccination rate for 18- to 29-year-olds, the province will change its reference point to the percentage of college and university students who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Previously, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé had said the decision would depend on the percentage of fully vaccinated young adults.
But with the current vaccination rate for 18 to 29-year-olds sitting at 71 per cent, the goal of fully vaccinating 75 per cent of young adults before fall has become less achievable.
According to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS), 81.8 per cent and 85.6 per cent of CEGEP and university students respectively have received their first shot.
Vaccination at La Ronde
Montreal's centre south and the South Shore's Montérégie-Centre health authorities are also getting creative, bringing vaccination clinics to La Ronde amusement park this weekend.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, young people ages 12 and up can get their first dose at the park, or push up their second dose if it's been four weeks since their first shot.
The two health authorities say the pop-up clinics are specifically designed to reach a younger demographic. Twelve- or 13-year-olds hoping to get their shot will have to be accompanied by a parent.
56% des nouveaux cas de <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> sont chez les jeunes de 20-39 ans.<br><br>Les statistiques sont sans équivoque : il est incontournable d’avoir au moins 75 % de vaccination dans tous nos groupes d’âge.<br><br>Parlez-en à vos proches. On a bcp de vaccins, c’est gratuit et rapide. <a href="https://t.co/9KKttqDWfr">pic.twitter.com/9KKttqDWfr</a>—@cdube_sante
On Wednesday, Dubé said in a tweet that Quebec is seeing an increase in infections. Fifty-six per cent of new cases reported, he says, are from the 20-to-39 age group.
He also warned against the delta variant, which is already present in the province.
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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.