- Quebec reported 683 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and five new deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 404,974 confirmed cases and 11,340 people have died.
- There are 280 people in hospital (an increase of six), including 91 in intensive care (an increase of five).
- 11,498 vaccine doses were administered for a total of 12,782,475 doses administered in Quebec.
- 88 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) has received one dose of vaccine, and 83 per cent has received two doses.
Note: Quebec’s Health Ministry does not publish the number of vaccine doses administered over the weekend.
A COVID-19 outbreak has claimed the lives of two residents at a private seniors’ home in Montreal’s Cartierville neighborhood.
A spokesperson for the regional health authority says the outbreak at Manoir Gouin was detected on Sept. 10, and since then at least 35 people have been infected.
Six residents are in hospital.
Cases stabilize, but hospitalizations trending upwards
The months of August and September were marked by a steady increase in daily COVID-19 cases, but those numbers appeared to have stabilized for now.
The province reported 683 new cases on Wednesday. Quebec’s seven-day average for daily case totals is 783.
Despite a decrease in the latest daily case numbers, COVID-19 hospitalizations are trending upwards. There were 280 people in hospitals as of Tuesday.
At start of the month, the province had 131 COVID-19 patients in hospital.
Province to announce reforms on Thursday
The province is preparing to unveil a plan to make up for significant staffing shortages within its struggling health network.
Health Minister Christian Dubé said the plan will be announced Thursday, and focus on providing incentives for nurses who left their jobs to come back.
Dubé said there isnt time to wait for new nurses to be trained and join the workforce.
He said the reforms would be aimed at replicating the success of managing human resources during the vaccination campaign.
Vaccinating children under 11
Dubé said he hopes children aged five to 11 in the province will be cleared to get their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine by Christmas, or even as early as November.
Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech announced earlier this week their COVID-19 vaccine produced encouraging results during a clinical trial of children aged five to 11.
Pfizer says there’s no timeline on when it will ask Canadian Health authorities for vaccine approval. The clinical trial has yet to be independently reviewed.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- New or worsening cough.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
- Gastrointestinal issues (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
- Sore throat
- Generalized muscle pain.
- Loss of appetite.
If you think you may have COVID-19, the government asks that you call 1‑877‑644‑4545 to schedule an appointment at a screening clinic.
To reserve an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go on the online portal quebec.ca/covidvaccine. You can also call 1-877-644-4545.
You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here.