COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know on Friday
- Quebec reported 907 new cases Thursday and seven more deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 354,390 confirmed cases and 10,964 people have died.
- There are 580 people in the hospital (a decrease of eight), of which 144 are in intensive care (a decrease of eight).
- 78 632 vaccine doses have been administered Wednesday for a total of 3,446,157 since December 14.
Quebec has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents and plans to make a first dose available to people aged 12 to 17 before the end of June.
At a press conference Thursday, Health Minister Christian Dubé said it was likely that a second dose would then be made available in the fall when returning to class.
The province already has announced a schedule to make vaccines available to all adults in the coming weeks, with appointments open to those 35 and over yesterday.
Dubé also announced that Quebecers will soon have electronic proof of vaccination.
A QR code will be emailed to everyone who has been vaccinated, although Dubé cannot say what this scannable code would be used for.
The mayor of Montreal wants open terraces this summer
The mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante, wants the terraces of bars and restaurants to open by June 1 – if public health directives allow it.
But Dubé says city leaders should wait for the province to release its plan to reopen the world before making such announcements.
“I know people are fed up. I know people are impatient to see the terraces reopen. We are aware of this, but we have to be careful,” he said.
Premier François Legault has said he will present a roadmap to reopen the province as the vaccination rate increases in the coming weeks, although he stressed that the transmission rate will also be a factor.
Authorized day camps
The province has confirmed it will allow day camps to operate this summer.
Camp counselors will be able to get vaccinated now, as they are considered essential workers, provided they have proof of employment.
A final decision has yet to be made on the summer camps.
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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 testing clinic.
To book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go to the quebec.ca/covidvaccine online portal. You can also call 1-877-644-4545.
Reminders from the Quebec government to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Wear a mask or mask is mandatory 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 stay abroad.
You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here.