COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know this weekend


  • Quebec declared 1279 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths on Saturday, in addition to eight deaths recorded between October 10 and 15 and another with an uncertain date. One death was also removed from the previous total because an investigation showed it was not linked to COVID-19 Since the start of the pandemic there have been 92,297 confirmed cases in the province and 6,032 people died.
  • There are 517 people in hospital (a net increase of 10), including 85 in intensive care (a decrease of two). Here’s a guide to the numbers.
  • Finding it hard to keep up with what’s now closed? Check out our list.
  • CBC Montreal collects stories from Quebecers who have recovered from COVID-19. If you would like to share your experience, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Quebec has set a new daily record for the number of positive COVID-19 tests with 1,279 confirmed cases, according to historical statistics from the National Institute of Public Health.

That’s more than any day of the initial wave of coronavirus in the spring. The pandemic appears to be strengthening in the regions of Mauricie, Quebec City and Lanaudière, which have all recorded significant jumps this week. The Estrie region also reported its largest daily increase since the start of the pandemic.

It has been just over two weeks since Prime Minister François Legault urged 28 days for “courage,” but the government says many of the restrictions put in place on October 1 will remain beyond October 28.

According to the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, it is because two new studies prove that the restrictions work.

“The next two weeks will be critical,” Dubé said. “Do we want to eliminate some of the measures? The answer is ‘yes’, but we don’t want to be yo-yos either. ”

A study released Friday by the Quebec Public Health Research Institute indicates that the virus will continue to spread if Quebecers do not further reduce their contacts.

According to a model presented in the study, if the population further reduces their contacts by 25%, for example by maintaining a distance of two meters in public spaces, wearing masks and limiting gatherings, the spread of the virus is likely. to cap. and even decline.

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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).

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.

Reminders from the Government of Quebec to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear a mask or mask when physical distance is not possible. Wearing a mask is compulsory in closed public spaces in the province.
  • Stay at least two meters from other people as much as possible.
  • Self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a trip outside the country.

You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here.


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