COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know Tuesday

  • Quebec reported 8,231 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and 10 new deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 519,326 confirmed cases and 11,668 people have died.
  • There are 614 people hospitalized (an increase of 169 since December 23), including 109 in intensive care (an increase of 21 since December 23) *.
  • The province has administered 14,619,762 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of December 23.
  • 89 percent of the province’s eligible population (aged five and over) received one dose of the vaccine, 82 percent received two doses and 13 percent received boosters, according to data released Monday.

* The Quebec Ministry of Health does not publish the number of vaccines administered on weekends and holidays. It will not release daily COVID-19 data on December 24, 25 and 26, as well as December 31, January 1 and 2.

Health Minister Christian Dubé is due to provide an update on COVID-19 today at 1 p.m. after hospitalizations dramatically increased over the holiday season.

On Monday, Dubé reported on Twitter that 320 people have been admitted to hospital while 179 were released between December 22 and 26, an increase of 141.

“Admissions are increasing,” he said. “We have to limit contacts.

Also on Monday, Prime Minister François Legault urged people to limit New Year’s gatherings and look for COVID-19 booster shots as soon as they are eligible while he received his third dose at a vaccination clinic from Montreal.

Quebecers aged 60 to 64 became eligible for boosters on Monday, provided their last jab was at least three months old.

Legault said studies have shown that three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine provides about 75% protection against the highly contagious variant of Omicron, compared to about 30% after two doses.

However, he stressed that “75% is not 100%” and called on Quebecers to make additional efforts in the coming weeks to ensure that hospitals in the province are not overwhelmed.

Major outbreak at CHSLD Marguerite-Rocheleau

CHSLD Marguerite-Rocheleau – a long-term care residence for the elderly – reports a major outbreak among staff and employees.

On Monday, the establishment, located in Saint-Hubert in Montérégie, reported 98 active cases. Some 59 residents and 39 staff are infected and there have been two deaths.

The epidemic began on December 22. Paul Arbec, president of Arbec Health Group, the company that manages the residence, said affected residents would be placed in a “hot zone”.

“All the people who aren’t doing well are the unvaccinated people,” Arbec said, adding that 80 to 95 percent have no symptoms.

He believes that the virus entered the CHSLD by community transmission via visitors and employees.

According to a press release from Groupe Santé Arbec, visits to the establishment are not recommended “given the presence of variants among the reported cases”.

Stricter restrictions

New public health restrictions take effect in Quebec on Sunday as the number of COVID-19 cases skyrockets across the country.

The province limits private gatherings to six people or two family bubbles, and restaurants are now also limited to groups of six or two family bubbles – down from 10 people and three households.

Bars, gyms, cinemas, concert halls and spas remain closed until further notice.

The highly infectious variant of the Omicron virus has led to an increase in COVID-19 cases across much of Canada in recent weeks.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr Theresa Tam said Omicron has become the dominant variant in several provinces.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever.
  • New or worsened cough.
  • Difficulty in breathing.
  • Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
  • Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
  • Sore throat
  • Generalized muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Tired.
  • Loss of appetite.

If you think you have COVID-19, the government asks you to call 1 877 644-4545 to make an appointment at a screening clinic.

To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go to the online portal covid. 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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