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COVID-19: Quebec reports 39 deaths as hospitalizations climb to 1,750

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Quebec is reporting 39 deaths linked to COVID-19 on Wednesday and 158 more people admitted to hospital, for a total of 1,750.

This is the province’s highest daily death toll since February 2021.

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Quebec reported an additional 14,486 new infections on Wednesday, for a total of 115,626 active cases.

Health data shows that six more people were admitted to intensive care in the last 24 hours for a total of 191.

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The province said its testing positivity rate is at 28.1 per cent. There are currently 1,285 active outbreaks in the province.

The COVID-19 death toll in the province stands at 11,820.

Authorities say 92,506 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours, including 87,721 third doses.

Officials say 89 per cent of Quebec residents five and over have received at least one dose of vaccine.

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The health department is reporting 316 new COVID-19 cases in long-term care centres, bringing the total number of cases in those facilities to 1,537. There have been 39 deaths linked to active COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care.

This comes as the provincial government announced Tuesday that it was no longer offering PCR testing to the general public and is instead prioritizing those tests for higher-risk groups, and that it was lowering the isolation guidelines from 10 to five days for those under 12 or who have two vaccine doses.

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–with files from the Canadian Press

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