- Quebec reported 782 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and two new deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 400,625 confirmed cases and 11,315 people have died.
- There are 256 people in hospital (an increase of six), of which 87 in intensive care (an increase of two).
- 20,120 administered vaccine doses were reported for a total of 12,686,736 doses administered in Quebec.
- 88 percent of the eligible population in the province (12 years and older) have received one dose of vaccine, and 82 percent have received two doses.
Note: The Quebec Department of Health does not publish the number of vaccine doses administered over the weekend.
Four weeks are left before healthcare workers who are not adequately vaccinated can be suspended without pay, which could lead to hospitals and clinics becoming even more shorthand.
The public sector is missing about 4,000 nurses, according to Prime Minister François Legault.
In recent weeks, the shortage has led to a number of emergency rooms limiting their opening hours or even closing the doors of hospitals across the province.
On Thursday, Christian Dubé said there would be no additional closures of emergency rooms or hospital interruptions after the Oct. 15 deadline for healthcare professionals to be adequately vaccinated.
“I promise people will not want it [to deal with] service outages, “Dubé said.” But we will have to reorganize [things] because mandatory vaccination in the health sector I will not touch it. “
Hospitals have also dealt with an increase in coronavirus patients. The number of people in the hospital due to COVID-19 is the highest it has been since June 9th.
The province is trying to come up with financial incentives to recruit nurses for the public sector.
The government collects the personal data of the school staff
The Quebec Department of Health is defending its decision to collect personal information about staff at the province’s schools, CEGEPs and universities to get a better sense of vaccination coverage among staff.
In a statement released Wednesday, the ministry said an increase in COVID-19 cases in schools is what prompted it to request this data.
They will be sent to the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ).
“The information will only be collected and used by INSPQ to determine vaccination coverage among school staff,” the statement said. “The data will be destroyed at the end of the school year 2021-2022.”
Long waiting time at test centers
As the COVID-19 case load continues to grow across Quebec, many people have been stuck and spent hours waiting in line to be tested.
On Wednesday, Montreal’s director of public health said several COVID-19 testing facilities are opening across the island, and rapid tests are expected to be used to reduce waiting times.
“[Wait times are] not fair, but we are working on it, ”said Mylène Drouin, adding that clinics may also soon use a ticketing system to stop people from having to wait in line.
Vaccination Passport’s grace period ends
The deadline for enforcing Quebec’s vaccination passport system is over.
People must present their VaxiCode app or printed proof of adequate vaccination to access a long list of companies and non-essential activities.
Since Wednesday, exceptions to the rule can no longer be made.
For an overview of how the passport is valid and where it will be used, go here.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- New or worsening cough.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Sudden loss of odor without nasal congestion.
- Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
- Sore throat
- Generalized muscle pain.
- Lost appetite.
If you think you may have COVID-19, the government asks you to call 1-877-644-4545 to schedule an appointment at a screening clinic.
To reserve 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.