COVID-19 in Quebec: food banks are experiencing peak demand

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  • Quebec has 18,357 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 877 patients have died.
  • The hospital has 1,102 people, including 183 in intensive care. Here is a guide to the numbers.
  • At least 3,000 health care workers in the province have tested positive for COVID-19. They represent almost a sixth of the total number of cases.
  • Montreal’s state of emergency was extended until April 22.
  • Canadian Rangers are sent to the Innu communities of Nutashquan and Ekuanitshit. Army personnel also provide support to long-term care homes across the province.

The number of people hospitalized and in intensive care due to COVID-19 has decreased, according to figures released Sunday by the Quebec Ministry of Public Health, but the province has also recorded 72 additional deaths, the fourth largest increase since the pandemic has hit the province.

Deaths bring the total in Quebec to 877. There are now 18,357 confirmed cases, an increase of 836.

The number of people hospitalized fell to 1,102 from 1,130 a day earlier, while the number of people in intensive care fell from 258 to 183. The number of intensive care was also low 11 days ago.

Among the confirmed cases, there are at least 2,969 health workers across the province, according to a spokesperson for the Quebec Ministry of Health. Of these, 2,490 are public sector employees (such as those in hospitals and other regional health facilities) and 479 work for private facilities.

Food bank demand has doubled in some rural areas

With most businesses still closed in the province and unemployment rising, more and more Quebecers are looking for food bank services.

Armand Kayolo, executive director of the Moisson Outaouais food bank, says demand has doubled in some rural regions of Quebec and increased by 50% across the province.

He said the Moisson network usually serves about half a million people across Quebec through local food banks.

The increased workload, coupled with the stress of trying to stay safe, weighs on employees psychologically.

“Our Harvest, we meet every morning” as a way to keep morale high, he told CBC Montreal. All in one weekend.

“We share our information, we share our experiences so that we can help each other. “

Those who need food can register with their local food bank.

Kayolo said food banks are looking for monetary donations and large donations of food.

The pandemic has also caused a shortage of volunteers. Moisson Montreal suggested ways to help people here.

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