COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know on Wednesday
- On Wednesday, Quebec reported 2,730 people hospitalized (i.e. a decrease of 122 compared to the previous day), including 204 in intensive care (i.e. a decrease of 14 compared to the previous day).
- The province reported 3,816 new cases of COVID-19 and 50 deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 868,437 confirmed cases and 13,336 people have died.
- The province also reported on Monday a total of 17,789,939 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered, including 49,444 in the past 24 hours.
- 90% of the province’s eligible population (aged five years and older) has received one dose of the vaccine; 84% received two doses and 45% received three doses.
New cases are those reported to the Government of Quebec only. They are thought to be an underrepresentation of the spread of the virus, given the limited availability of PCR tests and the use of home test kits.
Quebec’s acting director of public health, Dr. Luc Boileau, will provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in the province later today.
Boileau will be joined by heads of the province’s health research institute, INESSS, and the Quebec public health institute, INSPQ.
The press conference is due to start at 12:30 p.m.
Convoy to Quebec
Quebec City is preparing for possible protests against COVID-19 restrictions this weekend – just as the annual winter festivities begin.
Social media groups are planning protests similar to those held over the weekend in Ottawa, where some protesters continue to occupy the nation’s capital, demanding an end to COVID-19 vaccination mandates and other public health restrictions.
The mayor of Quebec said he hoped protesters wouldn’t cause too much disruption, as Carnaval, the winter festival, begins, bringing families to the city.
The festivities take place close to the National Assembly, which is also one of the sites planned for the gathering.
Mélanie Raymond, the Carnival’s general manager, said in a press release that the organizers were monitoring the situation closely.
“It would obviously be deplorable if Carnival, which is already taking place in a very difficult context (…) becomes a collateral victim of the demonstrations,” she said.
Quebec police say they have been in contact with some of the protest organizers and will release details of their emergency plan later this week.
Tax on discarded non-vaccinated
Premier Francois Legault is dropping a proposed tax on unvaccinated Quebecers, now saying it’s more important to build bridges and reach out to people who refuse to get vaccinated.
Legault also announced that sports will be allowed to resume for all ages on February 14, as long as group sizes are limited to 25 people. Gyms and spas will also be allowed to reopen, but only at 50% capacity.
Several gyms across Quebec protested the continued closures by illegally opening their doors last Sunday.
Cinemas and theaters are expected to reopen this Monday, February 7, with some capacity restrictions.
Yippee! joins vaccination efforts
The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that they will join with public health officials to encourage children aged 5 to 17 to get vaccinated.
In a statement, the team said that all children in this age group who come to the Palais des Congrès for vaccinations this weekend between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. will receive a Habs-themed gift.
All children are eligible, while supplies last, whether they have an appointment or not.
Youppi, the Canadiens mascot! will also be there to support the vaccination campaign, along with Cosmo, the Laval Rocket mascot.
47,000 Quebec students out of school due to COVID
The Government of Quebec has started to publish updates twice a week on the number of students and teachers absent from school due to COVID-19.
The data released on Tuesday was collected last Friday. That day, 47,702 primary and secondary students were absent from class due to COVID.
Of these, just over 20,000 had a positive test result, while just over 27,000 were noted as absent due to COVID but without a positive test result.
There were also 4,538 school staff absent due to COVID – of which 2,362 were teachers – and 1,300 of those teachers continued to teach online without being present at school due to COVID.
The data also noted that two schools were closed or partially closed, and 118 classrooms were closed and practicing online learning instead.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- New or worsening cough.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Sudden loss of sense of smell without stuffy nose.
- Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
- Sore throat
- Generalized muscle pain.
- 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 testing clinic.
To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go to the online portal quebec.ca/vaccincovid. You can also call 1-877-644-4545.