COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know Tuesday
- Quebec reported 154 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday (501 new cases since the last update) and no new deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 377,798 confirmed cases and 11,241 people have died.
- There are 61 people hospitalized (an increase since the last update), including 17 in intensive care (no change).
- 38,247 doses of vaccine were administered over the past 24 hours for a total of 11,330,968 doses administered in Quebec.
- 84 percent of the province’s eligible population (aged 12 and over) received one dose of the vaccine and 68 percent received two.
COVID-19 data is no longer updated by the Quebec Ministry of Health on weekends or holidays.
The province says it is taking action to avoid having a surplus of unused COVID-19 vaccine doses.
The Ministry of Health has announced that it has stopped new deliveries of doses of AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines.
So far, it has returned over 106,000 doses of AstraZeneca and 1.8 million doses of Moderna to the federal government.
As of Monday, 84 percent of eligible Quebecers (aged 12 and over) have received a dose of the vaccine and 68 percent are fully immunized.
Highest positivity rate since May
The province had its highest COVID-19 positivity rate since last May on Sunday, with the number reaching 1.4%.
While the number of cases in Quebec remains low compared to the peak of the third wave, Dr. Donald Vinh, specialist in infectious diseases at the McGill University Health Center, says that the current trends are worrying because they show “that he there is still an ongoing community transmission â.
Vinh said the concern lies in the future, as schools and college classes resume in late August and September.
“If it’s already increased when we’re ‘safe’ outside,” he said, “what’s going to happen when we’re inside?”
Meanwhile, health officials in the United States are sounding the alarm bells over the rapid spread of the delta variant which is described as extremely contagious, even in people who have been vaccinated.
The province relaxed a few other COVID-19 restrictions this week.
Bars and restaurants are now officially allowed to serve alcohol until 1 a.m., an hour longer than previously allowed.
Stadiums, venues and festivals can accommodate 15,000 spectators outdoors, compared to 5,000 previously.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- New or worsened cough.
- Difficulty in breathing.
- Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
- Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
- Sore throat, runny or stuffy nose.
- 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 screening clinic.
To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go to the quebec.ca/vaccincovid online portal. You can also dial 1-877-644-4545.