MONTREAL – The number of daily COVID-19 infections in Quebec crept back above the 2,000 mark today as the province reported 2,071 new cases and 35 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus.
The Health Department says hospitalizations rose by 19 in the last 24 hours, to 1,516, and 229 people were intensive care, a rise of eight.
Health officials have been warning that the province’s hospitals could be overwhelmed in the coming weeks and have raised the prospect that hospitals might need to invoke a protocol that determines which patients are admitted to intensive care units.
The situation is most serious in Montreal, and health officials in that city will provide an update later today.
Health workers administered 7,855 doses of vaccine yesterday, for a total of 107,365.
Quebec has reported a total of 234,695 infections and 8,815 deaths since the pandemic began. Two deaths previously attributed to COVID-19 were deemed to have been unrelated.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 13, 2021.