Decrease in daily numbers and increase in vaccinations in Quebec
According to Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube, the seven-day average number of new COVID-19 cases in the province has now fallen below 1,000. While Dubé hailed this as good news for the drop in infection in the province, he said it had to go hand in hand with vaccination.
On that note, the health minister also pointed out that the province had set a new record for appointments made in a single day on Tuesday, with 236,617 people registered for the vaccine. Despite this large number, he noted that nominations continue to be available in many parts of the province for anyone who does not yet have one and is part of an eligible group. The next priority age group to open on Friday will be 35-39 year olds.
The province of Quebec reported 915 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of people infected to 354,390. The total number of active cases in the province was virtually unchanged from the previous day, at 8,895.
Five new deaths were recorded, for a total of 10,964, but the total number of hospitalizations and people in intensive care fell by six and three respectively.
In the Eastern Townships, Wednesday reported 53 new cases, nearly half of which again came from the Granite region. The number of active cases has increased to 465.
The region continued to have no new deaths attributed to COVID-19 and the number of people in intensive care remained unchanged at eight, but general hospitalizations saw a dramatic increase of eight, to reach 25.
As of Wednesday morning, a total of 3,365,575 vaccine doses had been administered out of 3,893,539 doses received so far. The province now has 38.2% coverage of the population for a first dose, with 1.5% receiving the second. 187,630 people had received their first dose in the Eastern Townships Wednesday morning, or 37.1% of the local population, and 7,249 received a second dose, or 1.4% of the population. The local public health authority also reported that second-dose vaccination in long-term care homes in the region had reached 45.9%.
On Wednesday, BRP de Valcourt announced the opening of the vaccination center for its employees. In order to help ensure mass vaccination as quickly as possible, the Quebec government called on large employers to participate in the campaign and the local recreational vehicle manufacturer was one of 13 to answer the call.
“This initiative will speed up the vaccination process and contribute to the health of our employees, their families and our fellow citizens,” the company said in a Facebook post, adding that it plans to vaccinate up to 25,000 people. via the center. between the months of May and August.
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