• The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Quebec has doubled, jumping from two to four in just one day.
  • There remains one presumptive case and 25 that are under investigation.
  • Still, the risk remains low and events are scheduled to carry on as planned.

In just one day, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Quebec has doubled from two to four, with one case remaining a presumptive or probable case. Santé Québec updated their count on Monday just before 7 p.m. indicating the increase of two new cases in the province. There are currently 25 individuals "under investigation." One of the new confirmed cases was a woman who had recently been to France and was marked as a presumptive case after learning that she had been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 during her travels.

She was treated first at a hospital in Montérégie and is now in isolation at her own home.

The second confirmed case announced last night was another woman who recently returned from a trip to "Northwestern Europe," according to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS).

She came into a hospital in Montreal for a consultation and was subsequently hospitalized at the Hôpital général juif, which is "one of four designated centres in a cluster of infectious disease expertise."

Quebec's Ministry of Health explained in this recent update that the Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec (LSPQ) is no longer sending results to the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg for confirmation. 

It was announced yesterday that the government would be opening three clinics designated to "better respond to a possible increase in the number of screenings" of the coronavirus, the first of which was the former emergency room of Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal. The other two will open within the next week

wAccording to the MSSS, "the test developed in Quebec has been validated and deemed sufficiently robust for confirmation to be done directly at the LSPQ."

This means that only tests that return an "undetermined results," will need to be sent to the NML for confirmation.

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The MSSS also confirmed that "in both cases, the search for close contacts of infected persons is still ongoing. The persons concerned will receive appropriate recommendations."

It was recently reported that Quebec MP for Mount Royal, Anthony Housefather, is currently in self-imposed isolation after he attended a conference in Washington D.C. with individuals who "later tested positive for the novel coronavirus."

Still, the risk of being infected by the coronavirus in Quebec continues to remain low.

While some large-scale events have been cancelled in other cities, Montreal still stands to host the World Figure Skating Championship next week. 

A statement from evenko also indicates that events at venues like Centre Bell, Place Bell, MTelus, Théâtre Corona and Club DIX30 are still expected to go ahead.

The statement indicates that they have "enhanced sanitizing measures," and that " reminders regarding hygiene best practices have been installed in [the] halls." They have also increased cleaning staff during events and are reminding food-counter staff  of "hygiene best practices."

Both the Ministry and evenko remind individuals to "avoid public gatherings if they show symptoms," thought evenko has indicated that refunds will not be issued to individuals who do stay home for reasons of public safety.

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