Situation in Québec

The World Health Organization has officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

For now, the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is under control in Québec, but the present weeks are critical. Community transmission of the virus now extends to all regions of Québec.

The Government is taking all the necessary measures to contain the contagion as much as possible.

Number of confirmed cases by region

Regions

Number of confirmed cases, on April 7, 1 p.m.

Source: Québec's public health departments, compilation by INSPQ, April 6, 2020, 6 p.m.

01 - Bas-Saint-Laurent

30

02 - Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean

103

03 - Capitale-Nationale

375

04 - Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec

589

05 - Estrie

570

06 - Montréal

4 407

07 - Outaouais

129

08 - Abitibi-Témiscamingue

108

09 - Côte-Nord

71

10 - Nord-du-Québec

2

11 - Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

66

12 - Chaudière-Appalaches

181

13 - Laval

759

14 - Lanaudière

532

15 - Laurentides

447

16 - Montérégie

961

17 - Nunavik

5

18 - Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James

5

Outside Quebec

0

Region to be determined

0

Total

9 340

Percentage of confirmed cases by age group

Age group

% of confirmed cases

Source: Infocentre of Institut national de santé publique du Québec (April 6, 2020).

0-9 years

4,2 %

10-19 years

5,5 %

20-29 years

15,3 %

30-39 years

15,8 %

40-49 years

17,5 %

50-59 years

16,6 %

60-69 years

9,5 %

70-79 years

6,5 %

80-89 years

5,9 %

90 years or more

3,1 %

Number of people under investigation, negative and confirmed cases

  • People under investigation1: 2 472
  • Negative cases2: 95 186
  • Confirmed cases2: 9 340

1: Daily data. Source: Infocentre de santé publique, April 6, 2020, 6 p.m.

2: Cumulative data. Source: Infocentre de santé publique (LSPQ and supraregional laboratories), April 6, 2020, 6 p.m.

Number of hospitalizations

  • Number of regular hospitalizations1: 419
  • Number in intensive care2: 164
  • Total number of hospitalizations: 583

1: Daily data. Source: Gestred. Self-reported data, April 6, 2020, 7 p.m

2: Daily data. Source: COOLSI (Centre d’optimisation Occupation des lits de soins intensifs), April 6, 2020, 4 p.m.

Note: A patient who has been in regular care and in intensive care on the same day is counted as being in intensive care. A patient who left today is kept in the daily portrait.

Number of deaths by region

Regions

Number of deaths, on April 7, 1 p.m.

(Source: Public health departments of Québec, compilation by INSPQ, April 6, 2020, 6 p.m.)

01 - Bas-Saint-Laurent

1

02 - Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean

0

03 - Capitale-Nationale

4

04 - Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec

16

05 - Estrie

12

06 - Montréal

64

07 - Outaouais

0

08 - Abitibi-Témiscamingue

2

09 - Côte-Nord

0

10 - Nord-du-Québec

0

11 - Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

2

12 - Chaudière-Appalaches

1

13 - Laval

27

14 - Lanaudière

11

15 - Laurentides

1

16 - Montérégie

8

17 - Nunavik

0

18 - Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James

0

Outside Quebec

0

Region to be determined

1

Total

150

Distribution of deaths by age group

Age group

% of deaths

(Source : V10, MSSS, April 6, 2020, 6 p.m.)

Under 30 years

0 %

30-39 years

0,7 %

40-49 years

0 %

50-59 years

1,3 %

60-69 years

10,7 %

70-79 years

22,7 %

80-89 years

48 %

90 years and more

16,7 %

Total

100 %

In Canada, COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high. You can find information about the outbreak in the Current situation This hyperlink will open in a new window. section on the Government of Canada’s site.

Scenarios for the evolution of COVID-19

On April 7, 2020, the Gouvernement du Québec made public scenarios of the evolution of COVID-19 (PDF 824 Kb), which presents projections of the number of possible cases, active hospitalizations, and hospitalizations in intensive care.

Experts from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec established the information presented in the document, which seeks to highlight the potential impact of COVID-19’s spread and the importance of abiding by the recommended confinement and physical distancing instructions.

Measures taken by the government

The Gouvernement du Québec has taken a number of measures to contain the spread, including:

Health care professionals in Québec, in particular doctors, nurses, laboratory staff and paramedics, have access to tools to quickly identify cases suspicious for COVID-19, ensure they are managed appropriately and that the necessary prevention and control measures are taken.

Closing of schools and childcare services

The Gouvernement du Québec has ordered the extended closure of educational institutions (elementary and secondary schools, training centres, private schools) until May 1, inclusively. All non-subsidized daycare services will cease their activities by April 3. Emergency daycare services (CPE and subsidized) will be reserved for the children (from birth to age 5) of health care, social services and essential services personnel until May 1, inclusively.

Emergency school daycare services are open to the children (aged 4 to 13) of health care, social services and essential services personnel.

More information is available on the website of the ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Educational resources

Thousands of optional resources to help with learning, creating, and having fun have been provided on the Open School website for students and their parents, available at ecoleouverte.ca/en This hyperlink will open in a new window.. Students can choose their own adventure based on their grade level and knowledge, with support if necessary. New activities will be added regularly to help students enjoy every day of learning.

Work schedules and absences

Employers are asked to be flexible regarding their employees’ work schedules to limit, for example, crowds in public transit during rush hour.

To reduce overcrowding in hospitals, the Québec government asks employers not to require their employees to present a doctor’s note if they have to self-isolate.

If possible, employers are also asked to encourage their employees to telework.

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