COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know on Saturday

  • On Saturday, Quebec reported 2,143 people hospitalized (i.e. a decrease of 71 compared to the previous day), including 153 in intensive care (i.e. a decrease of 11 compared to the previous day).
  • The province reported 2,359 new cases of COVID-19 and 28 deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 896,972* confirmed cases and 13,684 people died.
  • The province also reported on Friday a total of 18,372,148 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered, including 33,661 in the past 24 hours.
  • 91% of the eligible population of the province (aged five years and older) has received a dose of the vaccine; 86% received two doses and 49% received three doses.

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

As of today, Quebec no longer imposes restrictions on home gatherings, although public health officials still recommend having no more than 10 people present, or only those from three households.

In addition, restaurants will now be allowed to accommodate the same number of people per table from Saturday.

The relaxed rules are part of a phased reopening announced Tuesday by the Quebec government. Starting Monday, organized sports matches like hockey will be allowed to resume, and gyms and spas will also open.

Almost all restrictions in Quebec will be lifted by March 14, says Legault

Calling it a “calculated risk of learning to live with the virus, Quebec Premier Francois Legault outlined a series of dates to lift COVID-19 restrictions, with nearly all of them eliminated by mid-March. . 2:02

People living in long-term care in Quebec will also be able to receive more visitors starting today and will be able to leave their residence to visit family and friends.

Until now, only registered carers have been allowed to enter. Visitors to long-term care homes should be fully immunized.

People living in provincially funded nursing homes (CHSLDs) will be able to receive a maximum of two visitors per day, while those living in private long-term care (RPA) residences will be able to receive up to four visitors per day .

Visitors had been restricted since late December, due to concerns about the spread of the Omicron variant.

Benoît Mâsse, an epidemiologist and professor at the University of Montreal, says people will still have to be careful about increasing close contact, with the Legault government effectively leaving decisions in the hands of the public.

“We may be tired of the virus and… of the measures, but the virus is not tired of us,” Mâsse said. “If there are a lot of contacts in a short time, we can expect hospitalization to increase in 10 days, maybe two weeks.”

He says the Quebec government should consider implementing an early warning system and random COVID-19 testing to track infection trends before cases overwhelm hospitals.

Protesters gather in Montreal to support protests in Ottawa

Protesters calling for an end to pandemic restrictions marched through Montreal’s Villeray neighborhood on Saturday morning ahead of a scheduled convoy to Ottawa.

Protesters marched through residential streets around Jarry Park, before regrouping at the park for a rally.

People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier gave a speech to the crowd denouncing the vaccination mandates, saying they are a form of discrimination.

Demonstrators demonstrating against pandemic measures such as vaccine passports march on Jarry Street in the Villeray district of Montreal. (Radio-Canada/Valeria Cori-Manocchio)

The organizers invited demonstrators to join the convoys from the Beauce and Eastern Townships regions heading for Ottawa in the early afternoon.

A small group of counter-demonstrators also marched through Villeray, denouncing the movement against pandemic measures as a “front for the far right”.

The Old Brewery Mission is ending its COVID-19 isolation shelter

Montreal’s Old Brewery Mission announces it is ending operations at a football stadium that served as a shelter for homeless people with COVID-19.

The shelter was set up last month at Montreal soccer stadium in the Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension borough, but the mission indicates that the situation has now stabilized.

A temporary shelter was set up at the Stade de soccer de Montréal in the Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension borough last month for homeless people who tested positive for COVID-19. (Rene Saint-Louis/Radio-Canada)

The Old Brewery Mission says it has hosted more than 300 people for stays ranging from 6 to 10 days.

A COVID-19 isolation zone for people living on the streets will now resume at the Traveler’s Shelter hotel in downtown Montreal.

Meanwhile, Quebec on Friday unveiled a new COVID-19 self-assessment tool to help people determine whether they should self-isolate based on their situation.

The site provides a recommendation on the instructions to follow, depending on whether the person has symptoms compatible with COVID-19 or has been in contact with a positive case.

Health Minister Christian Dubé said the site is “one more tool to allow Quebecers to self-manage their risk of COVID.”

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever.
  • New or worsening cough.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Sudden loss of sense of smell without stuffy nose.
  • Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
  • Sore throat
  • Generalized muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Tired.
  • 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 testing clinic.

To make 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 on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here.

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