COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know this weekend | CBC News

  • On Friday, Quebec reported 1,637 people in hospital (an increase of 55 from the previous day), including 62 in intensive care (a decrease of two from the previous day).
  • The province reported 3,572 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 deceased.
  • Since the start of the pandemic there have been 992,649 confirmed cases, and 14,512 people have died.
  • The province also reported a total of 18,818,996 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered, including 35,199 dose in the last 24 hours.
  • 91% of the province’s eligible population (five years and older) have received a dose of the vaccine; 87 percent have received two doses and 53 percent have received three doses..

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

*The Quebec Ministry of Health no longer reports COVID-19 numbers over the weekend.

‘Torpedo’ samplers track sewage from McGill dorms

Wastewater from McGill University’s residence halls is helping administrators get a better idea of ​​how COVID-19 is spreading on campus.

Since September, researchers at a lab inside McGill’s Macdonald Engineering Building have been using tests to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in what is thrown out from each residence, whether people have symptoms or not.

Scientists insert 3D-printed plastic samples, nicknamed “torpedoes” because of their shape, into residential outflow pipes.

Tracking consecutive days of positivity allows the university to apply different measures in its residence halls through an alert system: low, medium or high.

New rapid test method

New data suggests that swabbing both cheeks and the back of the throat, before swabbing both nostrils, could yield more accurate rapid test results, Acting Director of Public Health Dr. Luc Boileau said in a statement. a virtual press conference on Friday.

The practice that has been recommended in Ontario since February.

Details on the new testing procedure are available on the Quebec Government COVID-19 websiteand in an instructional video.

CLOCK | New procedure for the use of rapid tests:

Ministry of Health explains new rapid test procedure

Dr. Jean Longtin, a microbiologist at the Quebec Ministry of Health, describes the new COVID-19 rapid test swab procedure shown in a government video. 0:58

Hospitalizations expected to rise for 2 weeks

Across Canada, more than 5,000 people were hospitalized on April 7, compared with 10,000 at the height of the fifth wave in January, according to new figures from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The number of deaths has also started to rise again, from 30 a day in late March to 40 as of April 3.

Projections published on Wednesday from National Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services (INESSS) predict that Quebec could see 265 new hospitalizations per day, within two weeks.

The number of COVID-19 intensive care patients is also expected to rise over the same period, but is not expected to put significant pressure on the health care system, the institute projected, despite the current absence of 13,000 workers. .

No new restrictions are planned before the Easter long weekend, but Boileau urged people to avoid contact with vulnerable family members if they have symptoms or have recently been sick.

4th dose expansion

Starting Monday, April 11, the fourth dose will be offered to people 60 years of age or older.

According to public health, the vast majority of people currently hospitalized in intensive care are in that age group.

People over the age of 70 are already eligible for a fourth dose of the vaccine.

Officials also continue to urge all Quebecers to get a third dose. Boileau said Friday that while people under the age of 50 generally face less risk of serious illness than older Quebecers, they can reduce their risk even further by receiving a third dose.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever.
  • New or worsening cough.
  • labored breathing
  • Sudden loss of smell without nasal congestion.
  • Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
  • Throat pain
  • Widespread muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Fatigue.
  • loss of appetite

If you think you may have COVID-19, the government asks that you call 1‑877‑644‑4545 to make an appointment at a screening clinic.

To book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go to the online portal You can also call 1-877-644-4545.

You can find information about COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here.

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