COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Friday

Pablo Tucker
April 4, 2020

Dr. Drouin announced a total of 2,090 cases of COVID-19 in Montreal as of 9:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, with 132 hospitalizations, 26 cases in intensive care and 14 deaths.

Legault said the feared shortage mainly affects protective equipment such as masks, gloves and gowns.

The number of deaths in the province has reached 61, 25 more than were reported Thursday.

On a positive note, she said there was a "certain stability" in the number of new cases in the city, which now has 2,097 infections. And while the orders that have come in recently are smaller amounts, Legault is hopeful more is expected to arrive in the coming days. "So the orders we are looking for are orders of millions".

Some parts of the city are more affected than others, she said, but almost all are seeing an increase in numbers of infection as community transmission spreads.

He said there could still be a time that's "a little more critical" after next week, but the province is working with some Quebec companies that should be able to start producing supplies in the coming weeks.

McCann said that in the meantime health-care workers are being asked to save surgical masks for when they're most necessary, while N95 respiratory masks are being disinfected and reused.

In his daily news conference, Legault rejected comparisons with neighbouring Ontario, which has less than half the number of cases, despite its bigger population.

"We have a different method, so we have to be careful when you compare", he said. Two doctors tested positive and were believed to have contributed to the spread of the virus while they were asymptomatic.

In Montreal, where cases number almost 2,000, Mayor Valerie Plante announced the city was opening two additional new shelters to serve the homeless, and is in the process of transforming a former hospital into an isolation ward. Two more people died, bringing that total to 33.

The borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and municipality of Côte-Saint-Luc continue to report the greatest number and concentration of cases, respectively, according to the latest figures by the health department. "We are doing everything we can to make sure that the orders we place go to our hospitals here in Quebec", he said.

Verdun Hospital has at least 35 cases.

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