COVID-19: Quebec records 16 deaths, but hospitalizations are down | Coronavirus
The Government of Quebec continues to encourage the population to receive a booster dose of vaccine against COVID-19.
Hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19 continue their gradual decline, but Quebec passed the 17,000 mark on Thursday linked to the disease.
Sixteen new people have succumbed to COVID-19, authorities reported, bringing the total of deaths to 17,014.
Of the new deaths, one occurred in the past 24 hours, seven were occurred two to seven days ago, and eight more occurred more than a week ago.
Over 5,300 deaths have occurred since the arrival of the Omicron variant in early December 2021.
As of January 1, 2022, there have been over 5,100 deaths; 63% were people living at home, 17% living in an RPA and 17% living in a CHSLD. About 70% of these deaths were people aged 80 and over; 20% were between 70 and 79 years old; and about 10% were between the ages of 50 and 65.
After experiencing a long period of growth, hospitalizations have continued to gradually decrease in the last few hours.
There are now 1,925 hospitalized patients linked to COVID-19, including 610 who are being treated specifically for the disease, down 17 from the previous day.
In intensive care, authorities reported a drop of five, for a total of 47 people, including 27 treated for the disease.
In addition, 3786 health professionals are in isolation in connection with COVID-19.
Health authorities have reported 979 new cases of the disease, but this figure is incomplete because access to screening centers is restricted to priority clienteles.
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Quebecers reported 204 rapid tests on Wednesday, 173 of them positive. The total stands at 303,961 self-reported rapid tests so far, including 255,429 positives.
According to the ministry's dashboard, the positivity rate is by 9.3%.
For vaccination, 25,163 doses were administered on Wednesday for a total of 21,784,773 vaccines injected into Quebecers.