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Sports COVID-19 live updates: Quebec reports 701 cases, 2 deaths as hospitalizations jump

19:51  24 september  2021
19:51  24 september  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: People keep their masks on as a construction detour forces pedestrians in to a very narrow passage on Ste-Catherine St. on Sept. 1, 2021. © Provided by The Gazette People keep their masks on as a construction detour forces pedestrians in to a very narrow passage on Ste-Catherine St. on Sept. 1, 2021.

Updated throughout the day on Friday, Sept. 24. Questions/comments: ariga@postmedia.com

Top updates

  • If Roberge were a woman, Legault would have fired him, Liberal critic says
  • Montreal Canadiens to get government financial support for mural promoting downtown workplaces
  • A Montreal regional health authority is calling 2,000 former workers, encouraging them to return – Dubé
  • Quebec reports 701 cases, 2 deaths as hospitalizations jump
  • Live: Federal health officials provide COVID-19 update
  • Study got calculation wrong, exaggerating risk of heart inflammation after COVID vaccine
  • Quebec announces new mask rules for private seniors’ residences in some regions
  • Young children hardest hit by pandemic’s fourth wave in Quebec
  • ‘There was no one who saw the big picture,’ coroner says at Herron inquiry
  • Quebec launches ad campaign to promote $1-billion plan to retain, attract nurses
  • A guide to Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccine passport
  • Sign up for our free nightly coronavirus newsletter
12:15 p.m.

If Roberge were a woman, Legault would have fired him, Liberal critic says

The only plausible explanation for Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge being kept in his portfolio by Premier François Legault is that he isn’t a woman, Liberal education critic Marwah Rizqy said Friday.

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Roberge has been under fire from nearly all quarters over the past few months on the issues of rapid COVID-19 tests and air quality in schools, dropout rates and tutoring programs. All of the opposition parties have called for his head, judging him unfit to fulfill his functions and unable to address the needs of the education system.

Read our full story.

Noon

Few enforcement incidents reported in first days of Ontario vaccine certificates

From The Canadian Press:

Ontario police forces and other enforcement bodies are reporting few incidents in the early days of the province’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination policy, as some businesses have publicly pledged to ignore the rules.

Most of the incidents reported to police since Wednesday, when the new vaccine certificate system went into effect, involved people who refused to show proof of vaccination.

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Peel Regional Police said Thursday it had received seven calls about customers not showing proof of vaccination – five incidents at gyms and two at food establishments.

The police force provided minimal details on what happened in the interactions but noted the customers who entered without showing proof of vaccination left before police arrived in two reported cases. In the other five, they left “without incident” after officers arrived on site.

Guelph Police said officers responded to one report involving a man at a restaurant who “was refusing to show proof of vaccination and refusing to leave.”

The police force said the man had left by the time officers arrived, but noted that in future, people who don’t comply with the rules can be removed under the Trespass to Property Act.

Toronto police said it received “several” calls related to the policy, which it directed to 311, “with no significant issues to report.”

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Other police forces surveyed by The Canadian Press said they weren’t aware of any tickets issued in the first days of the vaccine certificate policy.

Police forces have largely said they will respond to situations where public safety is threatened but won’t be checking for individual compliance.

Fines are on the table for businesses and patrons that violate the rules, but officials have said early enforcement will focus on education about the changes.

11:50 a.m.

Montreal Canadiens to get government financial support for mural promoting downtown workplaces

Eight “creative projects” will get financial support as part of an initiative aimed at promoting downtown Montreal workplaces, with financial support from the Quebec government, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal announced this morning.

A total of $3.1 million will be distributed as part of the project , titled “J’aime travailler au centre-ville” (I like working downtown).

“Downtown Montreal continues to suffer from health constraints that limit the return of workers to the towers. The revival of commercial activities in this zone, therefore, remains very fragile,” said Chamber of Commerce CEO Michel Leblanc.

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“However, we can make decisions today that will have a positive impact in the coming months. It is with this in mind that we launched the call for projects, of which we are now unveiling the big winners.”

One of the projects is a Montreal Canadiens mural to be created this fall in the Cour Rio Tinto and Plaza des Canadiens.

Other projects include animation at Place Ville Marie and an exhibit at Complexe Desjardins.

11:35 a.m.

A Montreal regional health authority is calling 2,000 former workers, encouraging them to return – Dubé

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 701 cases, 2 deaths as hospitalizations jump

Quebec has recorded 701 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

Hospitalizations continue to rise. Yesterday, 50 people entered hospitals with COVID-19, while 35 were discharged. That’s a net increase of 15.

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In addition, two new deaths were reported.

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

  • Montreal Island: 212 cases, 1 death.
  • Net increase in hospitalizations: 15, for a total of 298.
  • Net increase in intensive care patients: 1, for a total of 91.
  • 18,070 additional vaccine doses were administered over the previous 24 hours.
  • 37,463 tests were conducted Wednesday, the last day for which screening data is available.
  • Positivity rate: 2.1 per cent.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 406,429 cases and 11,349 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 388,602 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered.

11 a.m.

Live: Federal health officials provide COVID-19 update

10:50 a.m.

Study got calculation wrong, exaggerating risk of heart inflammation after COVID vaccine

The small preprint study by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute was alarming, suggesting that, based on a sample size of just 32 people, Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations carry an estimated one in 1,000 risk of heart inflammation.

Except the “incidence calculation” was off. Way off. And it wasn’t corrected or withdrawn before creating considerable traffic on Twitter.

Read our full story.

10:35 a.m.

Quebec’s plan to lure private-sector nurses could hurt private seniors’ residences: report

Quebec’s effort to encourage nurses to move from the private sector to the public sector could hurt private seniors’ residences, La Presse is reporting.

That’s in part because many people on staff at the residences are not vaccinated and risk being suspended without pay when Quebec’s vaccine mandate for health workers comes into force on Oct. 15.

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10:10 a.m.

Quebec announces new mask rules for private seniors’ residences in some regions

As of Monday, in Montreal and some other parts of Quebec, the use of face masks will be mandatory in private seniors’ residences for residents using elevators and indoor common spaces, the Health Department announced this morning.

The facilities are known as résidences privées pour aînés (RPAs).

As of Wednesday, there were 64 active cases in RPAs across Quebec , including 32 in a single residence in Montreal North (Manoir Gouin).

This measure will apply in regions where community transmission of COVID-19 is high.

These areas are targeted: Montreal, Laval, the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships, the Outaouais, Lanaudière, Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec. In Chaudière-Appalaches, the rule will apply in these regional county municipalities:  Appalaches, Beauce-Sartigan, Robert-Cliche and Etchemins.

“The list of targeted territories could change depending on the epidemiological situation,” the Health Department said.

The rule is being put in place because of the Delta variant, which is more contagious and virulent, the department said.

“Additional protective measures will come into force soon, including the compulsory vaccination of health workers and the use of the vaccine passports for caregivers and visitors who access” seniors’ residences.

10 a.m.

Young children hardest hit by pandemic’s fourth wave in Quebec

The number of COVID-19 cases among young children continues to climb in Quebec as the virus spreads through elementary schools and daycares.

Over the last two weeks, kids under the age of 10 have accounted for more than 20 per cent of all new cases in the province, the biggest proportion of any age group.

Meanwhile, 856 schools across Quebec have reported at least one active case as of Thursday, and at least three have been forced to close after larger outbreaks.

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Read our full story, by Jesse Feith.

10 a.m.

‘There was no one who saw the big picture,’ coroner says at Herron inquiry

Coroner Géhane Kamel had slept badly on Wednesday night, she announced Thursday as she opened what had been scheduled to be the final day of hearings into the 47 deaths at the Résidence Herron during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Perturbed by contradictory testimony she has heard since the inquiry into the deaths at the Dorval private long-term care centre (CHSLD) began Sept. 7, she is adding three days of hearings — Oct. 25 through 27 — and recalling at least four witnesses. She did not name them but wants “to challenge them” about the information they provided in their testimonies.

Read our full story, by Susan Schwartz.

a person holding a sign:  A person holds a sign outside Résidence Herron CHSLD, a senior’s long-term care facility, following a number of deaths from COVID-19, in the suburb of Dorval on April 11, 2020. © CHRISTINNE MUSCHI A person holds a sign outside Résidence Herron CHSLD, a senior’s long-term care facility, following a number of deaths from COVID-19, in the suburb of Dorval on April 11, 2020.
9:45 a.m.

Quebec launches ad campaign to promote $1-billion plan to retain, attract nurses

A day after announcing a $1 billion plan to retain and attract nurses , Quebec is launching a publicity campaign about the initiative, which involves giving nurses one-time bonuses of $12,000 to $18,000 .

Here are the French-language ads that will be used on the web, in print and on the radio. It’s unclear how much the ad campaign will cost or if there will be an English-language campaign.

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9:30 a.m.

Quebec rapidly passes ban on COVID-19-related protests near schools, hospitals

The Quebec legislature rapidly adopted a bill Thursday banning protests related to the COVID-19 pandemic within 50 metres of schools, daycares, and health-care facilities.

The bill was introduced earlier in the day and passed unanimously after a few hours of debate.

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 701 cases, 2 deaths as hospitalizations jump
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 .

a group of people sitting on the floor:  A security guard scans a Montrealer’s phone with the VaxiCode Verif app before they are permitted to enter a food court on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. © Provided by The Gazette A security guard scans a Montrealer’s phone with the VaxiCode Verif app before they are permitted to enter a food court on Wednesday, September 1, 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.

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.

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 .

8:30 a.m.

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