- There are currently only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Quebec, though new presumptive cases have also been reported.
- As a precautionary response, the Quebec Ministry of Health has reportedly designated Montreal's old Hôtel-Dieu hospital as one of three special clinics to treat individuals affected by the virus.
There are now two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Quebec as well as two presumptive cases and 10 individuals who remain under investigation. There have also been 340 individuals who were under investigation and inevitably analyzed as negative for the disease caused by the coronavirus which first broke out in Wuhan, China early this year. In response to continued spread, the Quebec Ministry of Health is planning to transform Montreal's old Hôtel-Dieu Hospital into a specialized clinic to treat patients of the virus.
Two other sites have also been noted as to-be-established clinics in Quebec. One in the region of Quebec City and another in Montérégie.
In Montreal, the old hospital's emergency room will apparently open up to individuals that are suffering from symptoms of the virus and will allow health officials to contain those who are potentially infected.
The most recent presumptive case in Quebec is a woman who recently returned from a cruise and is now being cared for in Montérégie as officials collect information on her "movements."
According to the Ministry of Health, these are the current numbers for those affected by COVID-19 in Quebec, however, conflicting reports are being seen in the media.
#COVID19 – Au Québec, en date du 8 mars, la situation est la suivante: ➡ 2 cas confirmés ➡ 2 cas probables ➡ 10 per… https://t.co/DZnY9eJaeu— Santé Québec (@Santé Québec) 1583679421.0
The tweet above indicates that, in Quebec, as of March 8, the situation is as follows:
➡ 2 confirmed cases
➡ 2 probable cases
➡ 10 people under investigation
➡ 340 negative reviews
Updates to the current situation in Quebec can be found on the Ministry's website here.
The second confirmed case was a person who recently travelled to India and was subsequently treated at the Mont-Laurier hospital, north of Tremblant. They were eventually moved to the Hôpital général juif in Montreal where they are in isolation.
The Hôpital général juif is considered "one of the four designated centres of expertise in infectiology."
En compagnie de Dr Yves Jalbert, directeur adjoint à la protection de la santé publique, lors de la conférence de p… https://t.co/1zVsU9ls5W— Danielle McCann (@Danielle McCann) 1583444971.0
Quebec's Health Minister, Danielle McCann tweeted the video clip above, "accompanied by Dr Yves Jalbert, deputy director of public health protection, at the press conference held Wednesday to take stock of the situation of the coronavirus in Quebec."
The presumptive case which was noted last week involved a woman who learned, upon her return to Quebec from France, that she had been in contact with someone who was confirmed to have COVID-19. The tests done by the Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec were positive and thus sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg for "confirmatory testing."
Minister McCann shared the following message last Thursday, in an effort to reassure the public that the risk for a legitimate outbreak remains low.
"We want to reassure the people. The health network is ready to deal with a possible emergence of COVID-19 cases in Canada. We are also flexible enough to be able to adapt our actions to the changing situation.
At present, the risk of transmission in Canada remains low. People with reason to believe they would be affected by the coronavirus are invited to contact 811.
I want to remind you that we have a collective responsibility to apply the different hygiene measures to protect ourselves from infections and thus, protecting yourself and others."