COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Thursday
A year after start of pandemic, province holds memorial
- Quebec reported 738 new cases on Thursday and 15 more deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 295,390 confirmed cases and 10,518 people have died.
- There are 563 people in hospital (a decrease of 18), including 111 in intensive care (a decrease of one).
- 18,659 doses of vaccine were administered on Wednesday. A total of 619,060 people have been vaccinated since Dec. 14.
Premier François Legault wants Quebecers to remember those who died of COVID-19, people who, he said, were taken too soon.
Legault gave a speech at a ceremony outside Quebec's National Assembly building Thursday afternoon, meant to mark one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.
"We lost grandpas and grandmas, dads, moms, brothers, sister, friends," the premier said, of a virus that hit the elderly particularly hard.
He also highlighted essential workers, such as people who worked in grocery stores, and commended health-care workers for their courage in treating patients infected with the disease.
"They were truly heroes and they continued for a year and they continue now," he said, adding that they are entitled to recognition for what they did.
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Top COVID-19 stories today
- Montreal seniors knit colourful scarves to commemorate the lives lost in long-term care homes. of 251
- The family of a Montreal woman found dead on a hospital floor is seeking answers.
- Côte Saint-Luc grapples with Montreal's highest per capita COVID-19 case count
- Quebec community organizers warn that language, cultural barriers could fuel vaccine hesitancy.
- Here are some of the Quebec health professionals who are now administering vaccines.
- Families, athletes call for return of team sports in Quebec.
- In this opinion column, the writer argues COVID-19 has added to the educational barriers girls and women face around the world.
- Here's how to know if your kid has COVID — and what to expect if they do
- The first order of business after 103-year-old Stanley Sepchuk's COVID-19 vaccine was to grab a glass of wine.
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.
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.
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.