MONTREAL — Quebec reported Thursday 18 new deaths linked to COVID-19, in addition to a drop in hospitalizations.
There are currently 2,136 hospitalizations, including 725 due to COVID-19, a decrease of 10 from Wednesday. Sixty-seven people are in intensive care, the same number as the day before. Thirty-one of those patients are in intensive care with COVID-19.
A total of 5,049 health care workers are absent for reasons related to COVID-19, such as preventive withdrawal or isolation.
The death toll stands at 16,010.
The Ministry of Health reports 1,389 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 1,153,048 since the start of the pandemic. However, the number of cases listed is not representative of the situation since access to screening centers is restricted to priority clienteles.
A total of 270,669 rapid tests have been self-reported so far on the government platform, including 226,252 positives. For Wednesday, 306 tests were declared, including 244 positive.
The Ministry of Health says 13,196 tests were carried out on Wednesday and the positivity rate was 11.3%.
Among those aged 5 and over, 91% received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 56% received a third dose and 18% obtained a fourth dose. Among those aged 60 and over, 51% sought their fourth dose.