What you need to know about COVID-19 in Quebec Friday

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  • Quebec has 10,912 confirmed cases of COVID-19. A total of 216 Quebecers died. There are 679 people hospitalized, including 196 in intensive care.
  • Almost half of the deaths, 106 in total, occurred in long-term care homes (CHSLDs). The nurses sound the alarm about the conditions in a CHSLD in Laval, where more than 100 people are infected.
  • Montreal has 5,262 cases of COVID-19 and the regional public health authority says the peak is expected to arrive in a few days, about a week earlier than in the rest of the province.
  • The Jacques-Cartier Bridge bike path is now closed to pedestrians from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

With only essential services open and people celebrating Easter and Passover from a distance, this long weekend in Quebec will be very different.

Public health officials are asking Quebeckers to stay home and celebrate only in person with those with whom you live.

Here is a list of what is open and what is closed, if you have to go out.

Long-term care homes at the heart of the crisis

Quebec is transferring its resources to residential care homes because the virus has been shown to have rapid and devastating effects.

Almost half of Quebec deaths related to the virus occurred in these establishments. COVID-19 is particularly dangerous for the elderly and those with pre-existing health problems.

A nurse from the CHSLD de Sainte-Dorothée de Laval, where there are more than 100 infections and 16 people have died, says she’s never seen anything like this before.

“I have never seen people die so quickly. It’s crazy. It’s difficult. It’s very stressful, “she says.

The province is moving more personal protective equipment to facilities and will now test everyone who lives and works there.

Replacement personnel are also on their way, including to four hard-hit facilities in west Montreal.

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