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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Monday

Montreal is seeking to halt a possible outbreak among Latin dancers, and parents and teachers continue to raise concerns about the province's back-to-school plans.

A possible outbreak among dancers, and frosh week goes online

Dr. Mylène Drouin, Montreal's director of public health, is asking anyone who attended Latin dance events this month to get tested for COVID-19. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada)
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Montreal Public Health is asking anyone who attended indoor or outdoor Latin dance events in the Montreal area since July 31 to get tested for COVID-19.

Three people who attended Latin dance events in recent weeks have tested positive. At least two were contagious when they attended a dance event on Aug. 14 on Ste-Catherine Street, and on Aug. 15 at Frédéric-Back Park, said public health director Dr. Mylène Drouin. 

"Every time there is an outbreak, we are doing everything we can to trace the contacts and stop the transmission," Drouin said at a Monday morning news conference. 

People who attended Latin dance events at Park Lafontaine and in Verdun should also get tested, she said.

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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. 

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.

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


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