- The number of people with COVID-19 in Quebec has gone up again, from four to seven confirmed cases.
- One individual was also in busy public areas, including the Montreal metro and the Longueuil public bus network (the RTL).
- 91 people are currently under investigation via home isolation in Quebec.
After the news that an individual who is confirmed to have COVID-19 in Quebec rode the Montreal metro as well as taking public bus lines, the number of cases has now also climbed to seven, up from the four confirmed cases we reported yesterday. This has caused the number of individuals under investigation to spike as well, up from 25 yesterday to 91 today. This just means that health officials are keeping tabs on as many people who may have been in contact with an infected individual as possible.
As it stands, none of those individuals who are under investigation have been moved into the category of "presumptive case," as there are currently no presumptive cases in Quebec at the time of publication.
Public health officials are encouraging commuters in Montreal and Longueuil, as well as anyone who may have used public transit in these areas in the past weeks, to consult this chart, which details when and where there was a risk of exposure due to the infected passenger.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante also announced yesterday that the Montreal Civil Security Centre (CSC) is now in "alert mode" as the situation continues to evolve very quickly worldwide.
Quebec's Ministry of Health and Social Services continues to insist that the risk of exposure and infection in Quebec remains low, so there is still no reason to panic.
As is clear with the new cases, we are still managing to avoid community spread within Quebec, as each newly infected individual was recently abroad.
The tweets above read, "the case which remained probable is now confirmed. Remember that the infected person was back from a cruise and was taken care of in Montérégie.
"2 other cases confirmed in Quebec, in Montreal. The first returning from the Caribbean and Miami. He was hospitalized at the Jewish General Hospital. The second, back from the Dominican Republic, follows the isolation instructions. Total 7 confirmed cases."
As cases continue to be confirmed, it is up to individuals to maintain safe public health practices, like proper handwashing, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and staying home if you begin to feel unwell.
As we reported on Monday, a specialized clinic at the old Hôtel-Dieu hospital's emergency room will open up to individuals that are suffering from symptoms of the virus and will allow health officials to contain those who are potentially infected.
Quebec's Ministry of Health has released a document for those who are now in home isolation which outlines how to keep others safe while they remain under investigation.
MSSS also explains that individuals should contact Info-Santé at 811 if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or chest pain
severe diarrhea or vomiting
unusual, severe fatigue
For all information provided by the Quebec Ministry of Health on COVID-19, visit its website here.