For the third consecutive day, hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have decreased across Quebec.
Hospitalization numbers have decreased by 44 over the past day for a total of 874 across the province.
At this time last week, Quebec had 1,040 hospitalizations, a difference of 166. ICU numbers have also decreased by five, down to a total of 143.
The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux is also reporting 1,121 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday morning. It’s the first time since Sunday that Quebec has surpassed the 1,000 new case milestone.
Public health has also added 37 new virus-related deaths to the provincial total. Of the newly-added deaths, eight occurred over the past day, 25 from between February 4 and 9, and four from earlier on in February.
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Since Wednesday, 5,409 doses of vaccine were administered for a total of 272,332 across the province.
There are now 273,847 COVID-19 cases across the province, 252,651 recoveries, 10,149 deaths, and 2,623,478 negative tests.
As of February 8, businesses, salons, libraries, and museums were permitted to reopen everywhere across Quebec. University and CEGEP students are also allowed to begin a “gradual” return to physical classes.
Legault said the COVID-19 situation has been “improving” over the past few weeks, which he said is “very encouraging.”
The premier says public health sees a decrease in cases and hospitalizations “almost on a daily basis” and thanked Quebecers for their efforts.
Santé Quebec advises residents to “frequently wash” their hands (for 20 seconds with soap and water), use alcohol-based disinfectant, respect the measures regarding private gatherings, and limit travel as much as possible.
The distribution of deaths in Quebec by age group is as follows:
The distribution of provincial cases per age group is as follows:
Canada’s COVID-19 death toll is now 21,022, along with 814,927 total cases.