"It's a critical month."
At a press conference on Tuesday, Health Minister Christian Dubé cautioned that Quebec can probably expect to see cases rise in the month of September.
"It's a critical month we're going to monitor, particularly because of the return to work [and] the return to school," the health minister said. "It's clear we're going to see increased cases."
The goal, he continued, is to limit hospitalizations.
As the province is in the midst of its fourth wave, Dubé reiterated the need for people to continue following health measures and again encouraged all Quebecers to get two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
"The virus is still there," he said.
Meanwhile, first dose rates are "really good" for the 12-17 age group, Dubé explained. Overall, 80% have got their first dose.
"Certain neighbourhoods" in Laval and Montreal, however, are lagging behind.