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Sports COVID-19 live updates: Quebec reports 1,217 cases, 6 deaths as hospitalizations jump

20:00  21 april  2021
20:00  21 april  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

COVID protocol-related absences: 04/25

  COVID protocol-related absences: 04/25 Each day, the NHL will publicly release the list of players that are unavailable to their respective teams due to being in COVID-19 Protocol. Here is today’s list: Calgary – Josh Leivo Colorado – Joonas Donskoi, Mikko Rantanen New Jersey – P.K.Calgary – Josh Leivo

a truck is parked on the side of a building: Urgences Santé paramedics leave the ER at Notre-Dame Hospital in Montreal on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. © Provided by The Gazette Urgences Santé paramedics leave the ER at Notre-Dame Hospital in Montreal on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Updated throughout the day on Wednesday, April 21. Questions/comments: ariga@postmedia.com

Top updates

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  • Province reports 1,217 cases, 6 deaths as hospitalizations surge
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  • As minimum age drops to 45, Montrealers line up for AstraZeneca vaccine
  • Québec solidaire wants scientific study of curfew’s benefits and drawbacks
  • Despite lockdowns, COVID cases are rising in Quebec schools
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12:25 p.m.

Ontario premier isolating after testing negative

Late Tuesday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s office said the premier was isolating in Toronto after a member of his staff who was in close contact with him tested positive for COVID-19, The Canadian Press reports.

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  COVID protocol-related absences: 04/27/21 Each day, the NHL will publicly release the list of players that are unavailable to their respective teams due to being in COVID-19 Protocol. Here is today’s list: Anaheim – Adam Henrique Calgary – Josh Leivo Montreal – TBA New Jersey – P.K.Anaheim – Adam Henrique

The statement said the premier has tested negative and will follow all public health advice for close contacts.

It said Ford will continue leading his government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic while in isolation, including briefings with officials and communicating with the public.

12:05 p.m.

CFL season postponed until August, league announces

The Canadian Football League has announced a delay to the start of its 2021 season due to COVID-19.

Read our full story, by Herb Zurkowsky.

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341,000 vaccine doses administered in First Nations and Inuit communities: Miller

11:50 a.m.

Quebec confirms first case of B.1617 variant, in the Haute-Mauricie region

Quebec has identified its first case of the B.1.617 variant of COVID-19, which originated in India and is believed to be fuelling the pandemic surge in that country.

The case was identified in a patient in the Haute-Mauricie region of Quebec, north of Trois-Rivières, Quebec’s public health laboratory confirmed Wednesday.

Read our full story, by René Bruemmer.

11:40 a.m.

Federal officials provide pandemic update

11:15 a.m.

Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths

11:15 a.m.

Update on Quebec’s vaccination campaign

Quebec has now administered 2.5 million vaccine doses.

Over the past week, 423,642 doses were provided, for an average of 60,520 daily.

11:05 a.m.

Quebec reports 1,217 cases, 6 deaths as hospitalizations jump

Quebec has recorded 1,217 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, May 1, 2021

  The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, May 1, 2021 The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday May 1, 2021. There are 1,227,035 confirmed cases in Canada. Canada: 1,227,035 confirmed cases (83,495 active, 1,119,279 resolved, 24,261 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 7,617 new cases Saturday. The rate of active cases is 219.69 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 54,150 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 7,736. There were 42 new reported deaths Saturday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 325 new reported deaths.

Montreal Island reported 246 cases or 13 per 100,000 people. That’s lower than five other regions.

Hospitalizations continue to mount, with the total now above 700 for the first time since mid-ebruary.

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

Among the other deaths, three occurred between April 14 and 19, and two occurred before April 14.

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: 246 new cases, 2 deaths.
  • 22 people are in hospital. Total hospitalizations: 716.
  • 1 more person is in intensive care. Total in ICU: 178.
  • 55,101 additional vaccine doses were administered, bringing the total to 2,503,910.
  • On Monday, Quebec conducted 44,311 tests. That’s the last day for which screening data is available.
  • The positivity rate is 3.6 per cent.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 340,397 cases and 10,838 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 317,338 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, April 16, 2021

  The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, April 16, 2021 The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, April 16, 2021. There are 1,106,062 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,106,062 confirmed cases (85,319 active, 997,202 resolved, 23,541 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 9,338 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 224.49 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 60,785 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,684. There were 41 new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 292 new reported deaths.

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10:20 a.m.

‘They’re heroes’: How ‘vaccine hunters’ help Canadians find appointments

In some parts of Canada, volunteer “vaccine hunters” aim to make the vaccine appointment booking process more efficient and comprehensible.

Read our full story.

10:20 a.m.

‘At the front of the front line’: Security guard abused by public, ignored by government in pandemic

Security guards are often the pointy end of the stick for pandemic control measures. They monitor for masks and distanced lineups at grocery stores and pharmacies, control access to care homes and hospitals, take temperatures at front desks, even move dead patients from morgues.

Through this, security workers say they are paying a high price from increasing public unease and anxiety — with assaults, abuse and threats — while getting no help with priority access to vaccinations.

Read our full story.

10:10 a.m.

With minimum age dropped to 45, Montrealers line up for AstraZeneca vaccine

Montrealers aged 45 to 55 started lining up early this morning at the Olympic Stadium for the AstraZeneca shot.

Today was supposed to be the day Quebec opened access to the vaccine to people 45 and older – down from the previous cut-off of 55.

Some Montrealers got a head start by visiting walk-in clinics last night, where vaccinators happily provided the jab. Others weren’t so lucky, with at least one clinic saying it could not provide the vaccine until today’s official start.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, April 21, 2021 The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. There are 1,147,463 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,147,463 confirmed cases (89,167 active, 1,034,533 resolved, 23,763 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 8,421 new cases Wednesday. The rate of active cases is 234.62 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 60,309 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,616. There were 51 new reported deaths Wednesday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 318 new reported deaths.

And while Health Minister Christian Dubé said people 45 to 55 could only start booking AstraZeneca appointments online this morning at 8 a.m., some who tried last night at 9 p.m. managed to schedule shots.

Read our full story.

Quebec has published a list of walk-in clinics . To book vaccination appointments, visit Clic Santé.

10:05 a.m.

Québec solidaire wants scientific study of curfew’s benefits and drawbacks

Quebec’s curfew was initially planned as a 28-day measure to stem skyrocketing case counts, but it’s still in place more than three months later .

Today, the opposition Québec solidaire party is set to present a motion asking other parties in the National Assembly to support a request for an in-depth study of the curfew’s impact, by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ).

Noting Quebec is the only province to impose such a measure, the QS motion suggests a curfew is “particularly restrictive in terms of rights and freedoms” and has “a disproportionate impact on certain groups in society, particularly marginalized people, individuals experiencing homelessness, people with precarious migratory status and women living with conjugal violence.”

QS is calling on Health Minister Christian Dubé to ask the INSPQ to produce “a rigorous, public and independent evaluation of the curfew as a public health intervention, including an analysis of its benefits, drawbacks and scientific validity, its social acceptability and its collateral effects, especially for the most vulnerable people in Quebec society.”

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, April 12, 2021

  The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, April 12, 2021 The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 9:00 p.m. ET on Monday April 12, 2021. There are 1,071,016 confirmed cases in Canada. Canada: 1,071,016 confirmed cases (75,135 active, 972,525 resolved, 23,356 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 8,541 new cases Monday. The rate of active cases is 197.7 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 56,643 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,092. There were 27 new reported deaths Monday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 238 new reported deaths.

9:50 a.m.

Guilbault provides update

Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault spoke to reporters this morning.

9:15 a.m.

Despite lockdowns, COVID cases are rising in Quebec schools

Beneath Quebec’s progress in battling the third wave is a potentially troubling trend in reverse: active cases among students and staff in schools that have stayed open have risen steadily in Quebec, mirroring what has been going on in Germany, Sweden and the United States.

Read our full story, by Aaron Derfel.

9:15 a.m.

Air quality in Quebec classrooms is ‘acceptable and safe,’ Roberge says

Air quality in Quebec’s schools isn’t ideal, but it is “acceptable and safe,” Education Minister Jean-François Roberge said on Tuesday.

Roberge was responding to the results of carbon dioxide tests carried out in nearly 15,000 classrooms amid worries about the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Read our full story.

9:15 a.m.

Opinion: Montrealers all over the map when it comes to COVID rules

“So let’s see: We’ve got the anti-mask, anti-vaxx, anti-curfew brigade then the pro-mask, pro-vaxx, anti-curfew squad as well as the all-pro team. And can’t forget the anti-vaxx — AstraZeneca or otherwise — anti-curfew, ambivalent-mask bunch.

“But all these groups appear to have one thing in common: confusion as to the ever-changing COVID-19 rules and regs.”

Read the full column by Bill Brownstein.

9:10 a.m.

Everything you need to know about getting 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.

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.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, April 15, 2021

  The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, April 15, 2021 The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 15, 2021. There are 1,096,716 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,096,716 confirmed cases (83,143 active, 990,073 resolved, 23,500 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 9,562 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 218.77 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 60,682 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,669. There were 55 new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 289 new reported deaths.

Wondering if the vaccines are safe? Once vaccinated, can you disregard public health measures? Is vaccination mandatory? Read our FAQ, by Jason Magder.

9:10 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.

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 epidemiology update .

  COVID-19 live updates: Quebec reports 1,217 cases, 6 deaths as hospitalizations jump
8:30 a.m.

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, April 15, 2021 .
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 15, 2021. There are 1,096,716 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,096,716 confirmed cases (83,143 active, 990,073 resolved, 23,500 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 9,562 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 218.77 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 60,682 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,669. There were 55 new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 289 new reported deaths.

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