Quebec is reporting 153 new cases and one death Wednesday tied to the COVID-19 crisis as hospitalizations continue to drop across the province.
The latest daily tally is a slight uptick from the day before, but it marks the 11th day that new infections are under 200 — a number not seen since last September.
The province recorded an additional 87,000 shots of the novel coronavirus vaccine administered since its last update. So far, more than 6.9 million doses have been given.
As of Wednesday, anyone over the age of 45 can move up their appointment for their booster shot. Younger age groups will be able to do the same in the coming days.
The Health Department also announced that a number of additional vaccine sites across the province are now offering walk-in appointments for first and second doses.
Quebecers can now download their proof of vaccination online if they still have not received theirs by email.
Health officials say the shipment of Pfizer vaccines has fully arrived in Quebec, but they are still awaiting the delivery of 654,080 doses of the Moderna vaccine, which is expected this week.
The number of pandemic-related hospitalizations remains on the downswing as the situation improves. There are 192 patients, a drop of 17 compared to the previous day.
This includes five fewer people in intensive care units for a total of 45.
- Canada’s pharmacare bill has officially been introduced in Parliament
- ‘Health care in this province sucks’: Hundreds wait for chance to get doctor in Kingston, Ont.
- ‘How will I survive?’: As money runs out, breast cancer patient plagued with worry
- Are cantaloupes safe to eat? Deadly salmonella outbreak now over
Health Minister Christian Dubé said on social media the latest drop in patient numbers shows the curve of the virus is flattening in hospitals and the numbers are heading in the right direction.
Meanwhile, the latest screening information available from the government shows 24,849 tests for COVID-19 were processed Monday.
Quebec has seen 373,370 cases and 11,177 deaths over the course of the health crisis. The death toll was changed Wednesday to remove a previously reported fatality that an investigation has since found was not attributable to the virus.
The number of recoveries now stands at 360,587.
—with files from The Canadian Press