COVID-19 live updates: Quebec cases drop below 800 again as hospitalizations fall (Reports)

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Legault expected to announce details of vaccination campaign this afternoon. In Montreal, people over 70 will reportedly be jabbed next.

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Updated throughout the day on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Questions/comments: [email protected]


Top updates

  • Quebec expects 136,140 vaccine doses this week
  • Cases drop below 800 again as hospitalizations fall
  • Legault expected to provide vaccination details at 1 p.m.
  • Quebec will begin vaccinating seniors 70 and over in Montreal next week: report
  • ‘I can tell you, we’re ready’ for vaccination campaign, director of Clic Santé promises
  • Nearly 850 Quebec schools reporting COVID-19 cases
  • International air passengers grumble as they’re forced into quarantine hotels on new rule’s first day
  • Per capita, Quebec has fourth highest case growth in Canada
  • Here’s how you’ll be able to get COVID-19 vaccinations in Montreal
  • Sign up for our free nightly coronavirus newsletter

11:15 a.m.

Quebec expects 136,140 vaccine doses this week

Quebec expects to receive 107,640 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and 28,500 of the Moderna one, Health Minister Christian Dubé said today.

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That’s a total of 136,140.


11:10 a.m.

Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths


11:05 a.m.

Quebec cases drop below 800 again as hospitalizations fall

(This item is being updated)

Quebec has recorded 739 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

In addition, 13 new deaths were reported, including one over the previous 24 hours.

Among the other deaths, nine occurred between Feb. 16 and 21, and three occurred before Feb. 16.

One death previously attributed to the pandemic has been removed from the death toll after further tests revealed it was not related to COVID-19.

Some other key statistics from Quebec’s latest COVID-19 update, published this morning:

  • Montreal Island: 360 new cases, 4 deaths.
  • 9 fewer people are in hospital. Total hospitalizations: 680.
  • 3 more people are in intensive care. Total in ICU: 120.
  • 10,209 additional vaccine doses administered, bringing the total to 365,978.
  • On Sunday, Quebec conducted 17,970 tests. That’s the last day for which screening data is available.

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 283,666 cases and 10,330 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 265,456 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered – 93.6 per cent.


10:45 a.m.

Legault expected to provide vaccination details at 1 p.m.

Premier François Legault and Health Minister Christian Dubé are scheduled to hold a press conference today at the vaccination clinic at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

I’ll provide live coverage and a live video feed here.


9:30 a.m.

Quebec will begin vaccinating seniors 70 and over in Montreal next week: report

Quebec will reportedly begin vaccinating seniors age 80 and over against COVID-19 starting next week.

In Greater Montreal, people 70 and over will also be eligible for a vaccination because of a high number of cases of COVID-19.

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Read our full story, by Katherine Wilton.


9:30 am.

‘I can tell you, we’re ready’ for vaccination campaign, director of Clic Santé promises

In Alma, a town in the heart of the Saguenay—Lac-St-Jean region, businessman Stéphane Lajoie, who runs Clic Santé, says he is confident about the next phase of the vaccination plan, which will target seniors 80 and over who live at home.

Clic Santé will be used to make millions of COVID-19 vaccination appointments over the next few months. For the past decade, the online platform has been used by Quebecers to book an annual flu shot.

Read our full story, by Katherine Wilton.


9:30 am.

Nearly 850 Quebec schools reporting COVID-19 cases

The COVID-19 situation in Quebec has improved in recent weeks, but the number of outbreaks in schools and whether they’re linked to the new variants circulating in the province is causing concern.

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As of Monday, there were nearly 850 schools across the province reporting active COVID-19 cases and more than a dozen dealing with suspected variant cases.

Read our full story, by Jesse Feith.


9:20 am.

International air passengers grumble as they’re forced into quarantine hotels on new rule’s first day

Canada has put into motion one of the most dramatic measures yet to control the spread of COVID-19, a rule that has prompted talk of constitutional challenges and complaints of unlawful confinement.

Read our full story.


9:20 am.

Group challenges mandatory hotel stays in court

A non-profit organization is taking the federal government to court over the forced quarantine in hotels for travellers entering Canada, a measure that took effect on Monday.

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9:15 a.m.

Here’s how you’ll be able to get COVID-19 vaccinations in Montreal

As Quebec prepares to vaccinate the general population, local health authorities are setting up mass vaccination sites across Montreal.

Read our full story, by Katherine Wilton.


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.


8:45 a.m.

Per capita, Quebec has fourth highest case growth in Canada

Per capita, Quebec had the fourth-highest number of new cases in Canada over the past seven days, according to the federal government’s latest epidemiology update.

Quebec had 63 cases per 100,000 people, behind Saskatchewan (94), Nunavut (84) and British Columbia (64).


8:30 a.m.

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