COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know this weekend
The Saguenay heads into the red, as do the remaining parts of Chaudière-Appalaches
- Quebec reports 965 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 more deaths on Sunday, six of which were in the past 24 hours. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 106,981 confirmed cases and 6,272 people have died.
- There are 496 people in hospital (a decrease of seven), including 84 in intensive care (an increase of two). Here's a guide to the numbers.
- Having trouble keeping track of what's now closed? Consult our list.
- CBC Montreal is collecting stories from Quebecers who have recovered from COVID-19. If you would like to share your experience, please get in touch.
Today officially marks All Hallows' Eve, and Premier François Legault is urging trick-or-treaters to maintain social distancing and follow public health guidelines as they do the rounds.
Among those guidelines: anyone going house-to-house should only be accompanied by other members of the same household, and the itinerary should be restricted to the immediate area.
Cette année, l’Halloween est réservée aux enfants. On leur doit ça!<br>Mais il faut rester avec les gens avec qui on vit et garder une distance de 2 mètres avec les autres.<br>Bonne Halloween! Amusez-vous! <a href="https://t.co/mP0NZ2wdKx">pic.twitter.com/mP0NZ2wdKx</a>—@francoislegault
Two new Quebec regions will soon be moving into high alert, qualifying as "red zones" with the public health restrictions that come with the category.
They are the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Chaudière-Appalaches regions, and restrictions will be in effect as of Monday midnight. Of the 19 health regions in Quebec, 12 are now red zones.
Testing has been an ongoing issue. There is news that the province will be receiving a much larger batch of rapid COVID-19 testing kits than expected — about 453,000 in total, with a little less than half arriving by the end of this week.
Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu confirmed those numbers on Thursday during question period in the House of Commons.
That means Quebec will receive about 37 per cent of the 1.2 million rapid testing kits being deployed across Canada by the federal government.
Top COVID-19 stories today
- The pandemic has forced many Quebecers into difficult choices, including a teacher who was forced to take an unpaid year off to care for her immunocompromised child.
- What to do when the office is closed? Play more golf. But busy fairways haven't resulted in big profits.
- The province's public health director says COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec could begin in early 2021.
- Worrying about her students and her son can take a toll, but this teacher tries to keep it all together.
- Here's how the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region has largely dodged the second COVID-19 wave.
- Here's what Quebec teachers are doing to get the most out of their stressed and anxious students.
- How rapid tests work and why timing is critical.
- Hundreds of Quebec teachers say they're exhausted and struggling to follow public health guidelines.
- Quebec doctors treating COVID-19 have new techniques and treatments but there is still some unknown.
- This is what you can and can't do while living in a red zone.
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.