Canada: COVID-19 live updates: Quebec reports 515 cases as hospitalizations mount

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Top updates

  • Quebec reports 515 cases as hospitalizations mount
  • Montérégie man wins $1 million in Quebec vaccine lottery
  • Getting COVID-19 – Quebecers least fearful in North American
  • Coroner’s inquest into Herron CHSLD pandemic deaths resumes today
  • Canada’s border reopening is a calculated risk, medical experts say
  • Canadians split on whether lack of vaccination is fireable offence, poll shows
  • Justin Trudeau hit with rocks as he exits London campaign event
  • Judge refuses to suspend mask mandate in Quebec
  • What is ivermectin — and why are people convinced it’s a COVID cure?
  • A guide to Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccine passport
  • A guide to COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec
  • Here are the current pandemic restrictions in Montreal and Quebec
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11:30 a.m.

Update on Quebec’s vaccination campaign

11:30 a.m.

Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths

11:05 a.m.

Quebec reports 515 cases as hospitalizations mount

(This item is being updated)

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Quebec has recorded 515 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

No new deaths were reported.

But hospitalizations continue to rise and are now at their highest level since June.

Some other key statistics from Quebec’s latest COVID-19 update:

  • Net increase in hospitalizations since Friday: 24, for a total of 171.
  • Net increase in intensive care patients since Friday: 19, for a total of 68.
  • 10,042 additional vaccine doses were administered over the previous 24 hours.
  • 17,887 tests were conducted Sunday, the last day for which screening data is available.
  • Positivity rate: 2.8 per cent.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 393,852 cases and 11,293 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 377,099 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered.

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10:30 a.m.

Montérégie man wins $1 million in Quebec vaccine lottery

A Montérégie man is $1 million richer after winning the final jackpot in Quebec’s vaccine lottery, the provincial government announced this morning.

In addition, 16 youths aged 12 to 17 won $20,000 scholarships. A series of other prizes – from iPhones to a trip to Cancun – were also given out.

The government has published a complete list of vaccine lottery winners .

10:20 a.m.

Getting COVID-19 – Quebecers least fearful in North American

Since the start of the pandemic, Quebecers have been the least fearful of contracting COVID-19 and among the most optimistic about life returning to normal, polls have shown.

Despite the arrival of the more contagious Delta variant, Quebecers – particularly francophones – still fear the virus less than other North Americans, a new survey of 2,500 Canadians and Americans has found.

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“Quebec’s francophone population is the most positive and continues to feel that way over 18 months since the start of the pandemic,” said Jack Jedwab, president of the Association for Canadian Studies, which conducted the survey with the Léger polling firm.

“They are (also) North America’s least fearful when it comes to getting the virus.”

And “Quebec is the only region of North America where a majority feel that the worst of the crisis is behind us.”

Jedwab added: “Rates of vaccination are high in Quebec relative to other parts of the continent and this likely has boosted the level of optimism that Quebecers – especially francophones – feel about the situation, but the feeling of optimism about the future has been a constant from the outset.”

Some key findings:

  • 57 per cent of Quebec respondents said they were not personally afraid of getting COVID-19, the highest rate in North America
  • Among francophone Quebecers, the rate was 62 per cent, with only 38 per cent of anglophone Quebecers feeling the same way.
  • 51 per cent of Quebecers said the “worst of the crisis is behind us,” the highest rate in North America. Again, francophone Quebecers were far more likely to say that than anglophones.
  • Quebecers were the least likely to say that “life will never return to normal” – the way it was before the pandemic.
10 a.m.

Coroner’s inquest into Herron CHSLD pandemic deaths resumes today

The coroner’s public inquiry into deaths at the Dorval’s CHSLD Herron during the first wave of COVID-19 resumed this morning and will continue over the next three weeks.

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The public can follow the proceedings online, via Microsoft Teams or by telephone. Details on how to attend the hearing virtually are in this press release.

Among the witnesses set to testify today: Dr. Mylène Drouin, Montreal director of public health.

Two weeks ago, Quebec’s office of criminal prosecutions announced that it will not lay criminal charges in connection with the deaths at Herron , where at least 40 residents died during the first wave.

Last year, a government report found fault with operators of the seniors’ residence .

a person holding a sign:  A person holds a sign outside Résidence Herron, a senior’s long-term care facility (CHSLD) on April 11, 2020. © Provided by The Gazette A person holds a sign outside Résidence Herron, a senior’s long-term care facility (CHSLD) on April 11, 2020.
9:30 a.m.

Canada’s border reopening is a calculated risk, medical experts say

As Canada enters a Delta-driven fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, its latest border reopening phase is a calculated risk, medical experts say.

Fully vaccinated international travellers are permitted to enter Canada for non-essential purposes as of 12:01 a.m. Tuesday — a month after the country opened its borders to fully vaccinated Americans. These travellers will not be required to quarantine, but will have to provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure to board their flight to Canada.

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Read our full story, by Katelyn Thomas.

9:30 a.m.

Canadians split on whether lack of vaccination is fireable offence, poll shows

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Justin Trudeau hit with rocks as he exits London campaign event

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was hit with a handful of rocks as he waded through a crowd following a Monday event in London – a seeming escalation of the vocal protests that have caused security concerns at other campaign stops.

Monday marked Trudeau’s first visit to London of the federal election campaign, now two weeks old, and it drew a now-familiar mix of 100 chanting protesters – anti-COVID vaccine and anti-mask demonstrators, many wearing People’s Party of Canada garb.

Read our full story.

9:30 a.m.

Judge refuses to suspend mask mandate in Quebec

The Superior Court has rejected the request of three Quebecers to immediately suspend mandatory mask-wearing in the province.

In his decision, Judge Frédéric Pérodeau refused to suspend the application of decrees and ministerial orders related to COVID-19 that require everyone to wear a face covering in indoor public places.

Read our full story.

9:30 a.m.

What is ivermectin — and why are people convinced it’s a COVID cure?

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But ivermectin for preventing or treating COVID-19, especially in quantities intended for animals?

Health Canada became the latest health agency this week to warn people not to ingest human or veterinary grade versions of ivermectin to curb SARS-CoV-2. Any pills, pastes, oral, injectable or topical solutions purchased for such a purpose, the agency said, should be immediately discarded.

Read our full story.

9:15 a.m.

The situation across Canada

Here’s the rate of case growth per 100,000 people over the past seven days, via the federal government’s latest epidemiological update .

  COVID-19 live updates: Quebec reports 515 cases as hospitalizations mount
9:15 a.m.

A guide to Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccine passport

Quebec’s vaccine passport is mandatory for people 13 and older who want to access services and activities deemed non-essential by the provincial government, including bars, restaurants, gyms, festivals and sporting events.

Though the passport came into effect Sept. 1, no penalties will be issued for the first two weeks. Quebecers will be able to use a smartphone app to prove their vaccination status or simply carry their QR code on paper.

Quebecers can download the app from Apple’s App Store and Google Play .

We have published two guides to the passports – one looks at how to download and set up the app , and another answers key questions about the system, including how, when and why.

You can find more information on the Quebec government’s website – one page has details on how the system works, and another has a list of the places where a vaccine passport will be required .

graphical user interface, text, application, chat or text message:  The Quebec government’s VaxiCode app is shown on a phone in Montreal, Wednesday, August 25, 2021. © Graham Hughes The Quebec government’s VaxiCode app is shown on a phone in Montreal, Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
9:15 a.m.

A guide to COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec

Local health authorities have set up mass vaccination sites across Montreal.

You can book appointments via the Clic Santé website or by phone at 1-877-644-4545.

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Quebecers can also visit walk-in AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer vaccine clinics .

Here are the nuts and bolts of getting vaccinated , by Katherine Wilton. Her guide includes the age groups targeted, how to book appointments, and addresses of vaccination centres.

Two private sites can also help you book appointments:

  • Vaccélérateur, an automated service that scans last-minute availabilities posted by Quebec’s Clic Santé vaccination site, alerts followers on Twitter as soon as appointments come up.
  • Vaxstat was created to help Quebecers find a nearby available slot.
9:15 a.m.

Here are the current pandemic restrictions in Montreal and Quebec

We are regularly updating our list of what services are open, closed or modified in Montreal and Quebec, including information on the curfew and other lockdown measures.

You can read it here.

9:15 a.m.

Here’s where Montrealers can get tested today

Montrealers can be screened at test centres across the island.

You can check screening clinic wait times here .

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