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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know this weekend

The increase in daily COVID-19 cases continues and the number of people in hospital due to the virus has more than doubled in the last month. Here's what you need to know.

Vaccination centres in the West Island closing as of Sunday

The start of the new school year has many experts worried about the effect it could have on the spread of COVID-19. (Jean-Claude Taliana/CBC)
  • Quebec reported 778 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and one new death. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 392,807 confirmed cases and 11,293 people have died.
  • There are 149 people in hospital (an increase of two), including 56 in intensive care (an increase of four).
  • 25,269 vaccine doses administered were reported Saturday for a total of 12,510,832 doses administered in Quebec.
  • 87 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) has received one dose of vaccine, and 80 per cent have received two doses.

The recent increase in daily COVID-19 cases continues, and the number of people in hospital due to the virus has more than doubled in the last month.

On Aug 3., the were 58 people in hospital due to COVID-19.

On Friday, the province reported a total of 147 — which was nine more than the previous day. 

The province's health institute (INESSS) expects that number to continue to grow, according to its latest projections.

Earlier this week, Montreal's public health director, Dr. Mylène Drouin, expressed concern about the growing COVID-19 caseload and the possibility the situation could get worse with students returning to school. 

The vaccination passport is here

Quebecers are getting acquainted with the province's vaccination passport system, as people scan their VaxiCode app in order to gain entry into a long list of businesses and non-essential activities.

Although the passports are now required, strict enforcement of the new rules won't begin until Sept. 15.

For a breakdown of how the passport applies and where it will be used, go here.

WATCH | We tested out Quebec's vaccine passport on its first day:

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Verity Stevenson headed out in Montreal on the first day of the new measures and has a practical guide to how it all works. 2:54

West Island vaccination centres closing

Two vaccination centres in Montreal's West Island will be shutting down this week.

As of this Sunday, the vaccination sites at Bob Birnie Arena in Pointe-Claire and Civic Centre in Dollard-des-Ormeaux will be closed.

According to the regional health authority, more than 150,000 vaccine doses were administered at these two locations.

Several vaccination sites will remain open for people living in the western part of the island of Montreal: the drive-thru location at Trudeau Airport, the Gerry-Robertson Community Centre in Pierrefonds and the Dollard-St-Laurent Sports Centre in the Lasalle borough.

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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, vomiting).
  • Sore throat, runny or stuffy nose.
  • Generalized muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Fatigue.
  • 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.

You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here

 

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