At a press conference on Wednesday, Dr. Mylène Drouin, Montreal's public health director, gave an overview of the current health situation in the city. While things are improving, she said, there are still "more than" 216 total active outbreaks in Montreal, with nine connected to parks, though the region's public health authority later said these outbreaks are small.
"What we are seeing is a small increase in the number of outbreaks in the community and this is what we are expecting in the next couple of weeks because we are reopening those sectors," explained Drouin.
As more Montrealers gather at parks during the summer, Drouin warned residents to "not share food or other material that can contribute to the transmission" even if "there is less risk outside."
"Even if you have one dose of vaccine, you are not fully immune, so it is important to maintain [health] measures."
As for the other outbreaks, Drouin explained that "we are seeing a [decrease] in the number outbreaks in workplaces [with] 84. For schools: 64 outbreaks; daycare centres: 26; and only 12 in the health care settings."
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Fauci championed mask-wearing early on in the pandemic and was integral in developing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) — "a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world since its launch in 2003," according to McGill's lecture announcement.
"Dr. Anthony Fauci has faced the COVID-19 pandemic with unfaltering determination, scientific evidence and humanity," wrote Martha Crago, host of the Beatty Lectures.
"I look forward with excitement to welcoming him, virtually, to our campus community."
The lecture is open to the public and free to view.
67th Beatty Lecture with Dr. Anthony Fauci
Price: Virtual and free to view
When: October 1 at 2 p.m.
Registration: Advance registration opening this summer
Responding to a question about whether or not Quebec will remove mandatory masking for fully vaccinated people like the CDC in the United States recently did, Arruda said that "it's coming to Quebec, I don't want to tell you that it's not coming, there will be relief [in] all sorts of activities and measures."
While certain conditions will need to be met, Arruda hinted that officials will eventually move to allow fully vaccinated individuals who are in the same place to "take off the mask and even reduce the 2-metre distancing."
"It's around September that the majority of the population will have [received] two doses," he said.
Of course, no definite dates were given, but the end of widespread mandatory mask measures might finally be in sight.