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Thursday, December 08, 2022

COVID-19 in Quebec: What You Need to Know This Weekend | Nation World News

  • On Friday, Quebec reported 1,275 people in hospital (an increase of 37 from the previous day), including 62 in intensive care (a decrease of four from the previous day).
  • The province reported 3,182 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths.
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 970,951 confirmed cases, and 14,382 people are dead.
  • The province also reported a total of 18,669,587 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including 20,898 doses in the last 24 hours.
  • 91 percent of the qualifying population in the province (aged five and older) received one dose of the vaccine; 87 percent received two doses, and 53 percent received three doses.

* The new cases are only those reported to the Quebec government. It is believed to be an underrepresentation of the spread of the virus, given the limited availability of PCR tests and the use of home test kits.

* Quebec’s Ministry of Health has announced that it will no longer report its COVID-19 numbers over the weekend.

The vaccination clinic at the Montreal Olympic Stadium will close its doors next Thursday, after delivering more than a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since February 2021.

Vaccinations will be available at the eight CLSCs in the eastern tip of Montreal, said the area’s regional health authority, the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS) de l’Est-de-l’Île-de- Montreal.

At its peak, about 3,000 people were vaccinated on the site per day, but the number averaged 500 from mid-February.

The CLSCs in the area will still offer vaccines with or without an appointment, the CIUSSS said in a news release on Friday.

A total of 1,040,232 doses of the vaccine have been distributed on site since Friday, which was also used for mass vaccination during the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak.

Pharmacists now prescribe COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid

Quebec pharmacists can now prescribe Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral drug Paxlovid to positive symptomatic patients who are at risk of developing complications of the virus, the health ministry announced Friday.

In a statement, the ministry said giving patients access to the medication through 1,900 pharmacies across the province would “encourage the faster start of treatment to optimize the benefits for both the individual and the healthcare system.”

Administered in pill form, the drug is designed to help the body fight the SARS-CoV-2 virus, reduce symptoms and shorten the period of illness. The Ministry of Health extensive access to treatment earlier this month.

“Paxlovid is an additional tool at our disposal to reduce the number of hospitalizations and deaths among our most vulnerable people,” Health Minister Christian Dubé said in a statement.

Seniors and those with health problems are invited to consult the criteria for using Paxlovid the provincial health institute’s website to see if they are likely to benefit from it. The use of the antiviral drug is not recommended for all patients due to drug interactions or contraindications.

6th wave can be as bad as 5th

A top infectious disease specialist in Quebec said as the sixth wave of the pandemic accelerated across the province, the government needed to do more to combat it.

The Minister of Health said on Thursday that mask mandates are expected to be lifted in two weeks, despite increasing cases of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and different views of the province’s director of public health.

But dr. Cécile Tremblay, a specialist in infectious diseases, said the government needed to do more to protect hospital capacity. She says the province’s healthcare system could soon be overwhelmed – once again – with 10,000 healthcare workers already out of work.

“I do not think the [government] message is appropriate for what the current situation is, ”said Tremblay, noting that it must take care of the populations at risk.

Although she is not in favor of another complete halt, Tremblay is urging the government to keep masking restrictions and reduce capacity in some businesses where the risk of infection is greater, like restaurants.

“The pandemic is not over yet, and this sixth wave is probably going to be as bad as the fifth one. We should have at least the same sense of urgency,” Tremblay said.

Province does not exclude the maintenance of masking: public health director

Quebec’s interim director of public health says he does not rule out maintaining the masking measure, as well as the possibility of reinstating some health measures in the wake of another surge in COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Luc Boileau said Thursday he would keep a close eye on the situation, but he relied on the common sense of Quebecers to be careful and reduce their contacts. His recommendations on wearing masks in public places are expected sometime next week.

“All options are on the table,” he said.

Meanwhile, the health minister says the government has no plans to add restrictions. Dubé told reporters he did not intend to change the province’s current strategy, adding that “people need to learn to live with the virus.”

Confirmation of this sixth wave comes when Dubé started the consultations his bill to put an end to the health crisis.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever.
  • New or worsening cough.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Sudden loss of odor without a stuffy nose.
  • Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
  • Sore throat
  • General muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Fatigue.
  • Loss of appetite.

If you think you may have COVID-19, ask the government to call 1‑877‑644‑4545 to schedule an appointment at a screening clinic.

To book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, visit the online portal quebec.ca/covidvaccine. You can also call 1-877-644-4545.

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

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