- Quebec reported 14,188 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and nine new deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 586,607 confirmed cases and 11,711 people have died.
- There are 939 people hospitalized (an increase of 135 from the previous day), including 138 in intensive care (an increase of 16).
- The province administered 14,995,780 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday.
- 89 percent of the province’s eligible population (aged five and over) received one dose of the vaccine, 82 percent received two, and 15 percent received three.
* The Quebec Ministry of Health does not publish the number of vaccines administered on weekends and holidays. It will not release daily COVID-19 data on December 31, January 1, and January 2.
Quebec once again imposes a curfew in an attempt to curb the spread of the highly contagious variant of the Omicron, as well as the closure of restaurant dining rooms, the postponement of the reopening of schools and the closure of non-essential shops on Sundays.
Indoor gatherings involving more than one domestic bubble will also be banned. The new restrictions will take effect on December 31 at 5 p.m.
The province’s health care institute also released its latest hospitalization projections today. Models based on data collected between December 18 and 24 show that the number of intensive care patients and the total number of hospitalizations could double in three weeks.
Of the new cases confirmed this week, 643 are at high risk of hospitalization, including 191 requiring intensive care. Most of the patients (64%) live in the greater Montreal area and people aged 70 and over represent 49% of hospitalizations.
The number of cases in the province continues to rise, with an increase of 172% from the previous week. The peak of cases is most noticeable among 18-39 year olds (+298 percent).
Pressure on the healthcare system has led Quebec to create a four-tier system determining when healthcare workers who have tested positive for the disease can return to work.
Fixed appointment selection site
Quebec’s website for making appointments for a COVID-19 PCR test is working again after mistakenly scheduling 15,000 appointments, forcing clinics to turn people away on Wednesday morning.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said the website’s high traffic resulted in technical issues that caused the website to book more appointments than testing centers could handle.
The province is asking Quebecers to only go to a screening clinic when you have symptoms of COVID-19 and you do not have access to a rapid test.
No more rapid tests in pharmacies in Quebec
Quebec pharmacies are running out of rapid tests, according to a group representing pharmacist-owners, the Quebec Association of Owner Pharmacists.
The president of the association told Radio-Canada that faster tests will probably not be available until next week and that the delivery date of these tests has not yet been confirmed.
“There’s no point in contacting us to try to get some,” said Benoit Morin. “There aren’t any at the moment.”
Montreal homeless hotel
The city of Montreal has requisitioned a hotel to help ease the pressure on the health network and support community organizations welcoming COVID-19 patients experiencing homelessness.
The hotel, managed by the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and the Old Brewery Mission, will offer 111 places to homeless people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and do not need to be hospitalized, as well as those waiting for test results and those who need a place to isolate themselves.
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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
- 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 online portal quebec.ca/vaccin covid. You can also dial 1-877-644-4545.
You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here.