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  • Quebec reported 1,279 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths on Saturday, in addition to eight deaths registered between Oct. 10-15 and another with an uncertain date. A death was also removed from the previous total because an investigation showed it was not related to COVID-19 Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 92,297 confirmed cases in the province and  6,032 people have died. 
  • There are 517 people in hospital (a net increase of 10), including 85 in intensive care (a decrease of two). Here’s a guide to the numbers.
  • Having trouble keeping track of what’s now closed? Consult our list.
  • CBC Montreal is collecting stories from Quebecers who have recovered from COVID-19. If you would like to share your experience, please get in touch.

Quebec has registered a new daily high in the number of positive COVID-19 test with 1,279 confirmed cases.

That’s more than any single day in the initial spring coronavirus wave. The pandemic appears to be gaining strength in the Mauricie, Quebec City and Lanaudière regions, which have all registered substantial jumps this week.

It’s been just over two weeks since Premier François Legault urged 28 days of “courage,” but the government says many of the restrictions put in place on Oct. 1 will remain beyond Oct. 28

According to Health Minister Christian Dubé, that’s because two new studies provide evidence the restrictions are working.

“The next two weeks will be critical,” said Dubé. “Do we want to eliminate some of the measures? The answer is ‘yes’, but we also don’t want to be yo-yoing.” 

A study released Friday by Quebec’s public health research institute indicates the virus will keep spreading if Quebecers don’t further reduce their contacts. 

According to one model presented in the study, if the population reduces its contacts by a further 25 per cent, for example by maintaining a two-metre distance in public spaces, wearing masks and limiting gatherings, the spread of the virus is likely to plateau and even decline. 

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

  • Fever. 
  • New or worsening cough. 
  • Difficulty breathing. 
  • Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
  • Gastrointestinal issues (such as nausea, diarrhea).  

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

Quebec government reminders for preventing the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when physical distancing is not possible. Wearing a mask is mandatory in enclosed public spaces across the province.
  • Stay at least two metres away from other people as much as possible. 
  • Self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a stay outside the country.

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

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