COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know this weekend
- Quebec reported 83 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and three deaths that occurred before July 14.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 376,192 confirmed cases and 11,235 people are dead.
- There are 84 people hospitalized (an increase of three) including 25 in intensive care (an increase of two).
- 101,415 vaccine doses were administered in the province, for a total of 9,853,761.
- 82 percent of the province’s eligible population (aged 12 and over) received one dose of the vaccine and 50 percent received two.
COVID-19 data is no longer updated by the Quebec Ministry of Health on weekends or holidays.
To encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Quebec is organizing a $ 2 million lottery in cash and scholarships.
From July 25, the provincial portal for proof of vaccination will include an option to participate in the lottery.
Health Minister Christian Dubé made the announcement with Eric Girard, who is both finance and economy minister for the province, as well as Daniel Paré, director of the Quebec vaccination campaign, at headquarters Social Loto-Québec in Montreal.
“In a fight like this, every person vaccinated counts,” Girard said of the new incentive.
The first weekly draw will take place on August 6. Those who have already been vaccinated are also eligible for the cash prizes.
Half of Quebecers at least 12 years old have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest provincial data.
Non-essential travel from the United States may soon be allowed
Canada is preparing to welcome non-essential travelers, as the Prime Minister’s office quietly revealed on Thursday that it was targeting mid-August for the border to reopen for fully vaccinated Americans.
And if the current vaccination rate continues to rise, fully vaccinated travelers from around the world could start arriving in early September, Trudeau said during a COVID-19 status update with Canada’s prime ministers.
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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 screening clinic.
To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go to the quebec.ca/vaccincovid online portal. You can also dial 1-877-644-4545.