COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know Wednesday
- Quebec reported 75 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and no new deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 376,044 confirmed cases and 11,231 people are dead.
- There are 79 people hospitalized (a decrease of six) including 25 in intensive care (no change).
- 91,241 vaccine doses were administered in the province over the past 24 hours, for a total of 9,648,811.
- 82 percent of the province’s eligible population (aged 12 and over) received one dose of the vaccine and 47 percent received two.
COVID-19 data is no longer updated by the Quebec Ministry of Health on weekends or holidays.
Quebec is trying to find concrete and short-term solutions to deal with the immediate crisis in emergency rooms in the province.
Growing numbers of people struggle to care for patients as hospitals face severe staff shortages caused by nurses fed up with pandemic working conditions.
The Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, was in a meeting Tuesday with the heads of the regional health networks in the province as calls for help from emergency doctors multiply.
“We see that the situation worsens with time, and we are on the verge of breakdown,” said Dr Bernard Mathieu, emergency physician at Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital, who wrote an open letter to the Ministry of Health on Monday. .
He said the hospital was at risk of shutting down if the government did not intervene with solutions for recruiting and retaining staff, among other improvements in working conditions.
Several regions of the province are seeing emergency rooms well beyond their capacity, with an average occupancy rate in Quebec of 106 percent as of Tuesday.
QR code security
Quebec’s Minister of Public Security reassures people about the use of vaccine passports in the fall.
Some cybersecurity experts are sounding the alarm on the potential for QR code fraud, fearing that merchants may collect personal information from customers.
But Geneviève Guilbault says data protection is one of the government’s top priorities, adding that there is still plenty of time to work out the details and ensure adequate security.
In May, Canadian privacy commissioners issued a warning regarding vaccine passports, saying steps must be taken to ensure privacy.
When scanned, the QR code reveals the name, date of birth, type of vaccine, number of doses, dates and injection sites.
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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, runny or stuffy nose.
- 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 quebec.ca/vaccincovid online portal. 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.