Thu. May 19th, 2022

  • Quebec reported 602 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday and two new deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 415,175 confirmed cases and 11,412 people have died.
  • There are 297 people in the hospital (a decrease of five), including 84 at the intensive care unit (a decrease of two).
  • The province has administered 12,993,810 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 16,094 in the last 24 hours.
  • 89 percent of the eligible population in the province (12 years and older) have received one dose of vaccine, and 85 percent have received two doses.

Note: The Quebec Department of Health does not publish the number of vaccine doses administered over the weekend.

Health Minister Christian Dubé has a message for doctors who believe they can skip a COVID-19 vaccine and keep working.

He asks professional associations to suspend their licenses if they are not immunized.

Dubé wants the orders that give healthcare professionals, e.g. Nurses and respiratory therapists must follow the management of the medical college and suspend the permits for anyone who is not fully vaccinated.

“People who think they want to train elsewhere [outside the public system] will wait for a surprise, “Dubé said on Friday.

From October 15, all frontline health workers in Quebec must be fully vaccinated or suspended without pay.

Fourth wave brakes

Canada’s chief physician says the fourth wave of COVID-19 appears to be backing up.

Dr. Theresa Tam says the pandemic does not appear to be in a growth pattern for the first time since July.

On the way to Thanksgiving, however, Tam tells us that people are only allowed to gather indoors with family and friends who have been completely vaccinated.

“In the past, we’ve seen increases in cases after these holiday events,” Tam said. “So this year, with the vaccine on board, I think we should be on a better and more solid footing.”

Dr. Theresa Tam says that on the way into Thanksgiving, people should only gather indoors with family and friends who have been fully vaccinated. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

The Canadian Public Health Agency warns of the risk of another increase later in the fall and winter if basic protective measures such as masks and physical distance are not maintained.

More than 1,000 full-time nurses were recruited

Quebec has recruited about 1,007 nurses to work full-time in the public health system after announcing acute financial incentives to recruit health workers.

On Thursday, Health Minister Christian Dubé said he feels encouraged by the numbers despite still missing his goal of recruiting 4,300 full-time nurses.

So far, 231 nurses have left the private sector to join the public network, Dubé said, and 1,900 candidates are currently in negotiations. 56 retired nurses also come in to help.

Meanwhile, Dubé says the province will remain committed to enforcing mandatory vaccinations for all health workers from October 15, with the risk of losing even more employees in both the private and public networks.

For religious reasons, no exceptions will be given to employees.

On October 6, 25,000 health workers were not fully vaccinated and could be subject to sanctions if they do not get the plug in time. Out of the employees, 15,000 have not received their first dose.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever.
  • 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.
  • Headache.
  • Fatigue.
  • 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 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.

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