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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Monday – CBC.ca

  • On Sunday, Quebec reported 2,081 people in hospital (a decrease of 62 from the previous day), including 140 in intensive care (a decrease of 12 from the previous day).
  • The province reported 1,870 new cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 898,842 confirmed cases and 13,693 people have died.
  • The province also reported Friday a total of 18,372,148 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered, including 33,661 in the last 24 hours. 
  • 91 per cent of the eligible population in the province (aged five and up) have received one dose of the vaccine; 86 per cent have received two doses, and 49 per cent have received three doses.

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

Gyms and spas are set to reopen at half capacity across Quebec today as the province enters the next stage of its COVID-19 reopening plan. 

Indoor sports and recreation activities can also resume (including at colleges and universities) with a maximum of 25 people per group. Competitions and tournaments remain prohibited until Feb. 28.

Capacity at outdoor sporting and public events can operate at a maximum of 5,000 people. 

Last week, Premier François Legault announced that most public health measures would be lifted by March 14, though he said mandatory mask mandates and the vaccine passport will remain.

Over the weekend, limits on indoor gatherings were lifted and restaurants were allowed to accommodate a maximum of 10 people per table. 

Relaxation of vaccine passport imminent, sources say

According to Radio-Canada, Premier François Legault could announce the relaxing of some vaccination passport requirements as soon as tomorrow.

Sources say the government is considering lifting the requirement to show vaccine passports at box stores, SAQs and SQDCs. But the decision depends on recommendations from public health, set to be given to the government this evening.

The sources say that vaccine passports are likely to stay in effect at gyms, restaurants, and theatres.

Health Minister Christian Dubé said Friday it is possible the vaccine passport system will be suspended and only revived during the next COVID-19 wave, if necessary.

Sources say the loosening of requirements is being considered because of a new public health assessment that found that nearly 2 million Quebecers have contracted COVID-19 since December, which gives the population an immunity boost. 

The number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 also continues to drop.

Time to fix flaws in health system: frontline workers

Chronic underfunding, insufficient beds and inadequate staffing have plagued Quebec’s health-care system for years, frontline workers say — COVID-19 simply made it more glaring.

As the province lifts further restrictions, health-care workers say unless the system undergoes a major overhaul, the long-standing problems highlighted by the pandemic will have disastrous consequences in the years to come.

Paramedic shortage hits Montreal, Laval

Over 20 per cent of paramedics were off the job Sunday, says Urgences-Santé, the ambulance service for Montreal and Laval. 

According to spokesperson Stéphane Smith, 173 paramedics and 86 ambulances were needed on the road Sunday, however they were forced to make do with only 133 paramedics and 66 ambulances. 

While paramedic shortages are …….

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/covid-19-quebec-feb-14-1.6350678

On Sunday, Quebec reported 2,081 people in hospital (a decrease of 62 from the previous day), including 140 in intensive care (a decrease of 12 from the previous day). The province reported 1,870 new cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 898,842 confirmed cases and 13,693 people have died. The province also reported Friday a total of 18,372,148 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered, including 33,661 in the last 24 hours.  91 per cent of the eligible population in the province (aged five and up) have received one dose of the vaccine; 86 per cent have received two doses, and 49 per cent have received three doses.

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On Sunday, Quebec reported 2,081 people in hospital (a decrease of 62 from the previous day), including 140 in intensive care (a decrease of 12 from the previous day). The province reported 1,870 new cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 898,842 confirmed cases and 13,693 people have died. The province also reported Friday a total of 18,372,148 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered, including 33,661 in the last 24 hours.  91 per cent of the eligible population in the province (aged five and up) have received one dose of the vaccine; 86 per cent have received two doses, and 49 per cent have received three doses.

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