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August 27, 2020 – Provincial government update on the COVID-19 pandemic

Here is an update on recent decisions and actions by the Québec government in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Useful website for parents

Over 10,000 people have consulted Public Health’s new website for parents of students, put online to help them determine if any potential symptoms presented by their child would warrant keeping them at home or having them tested for COVID-19.

“It’s a questionnaire to help them make a decision,” said the minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé. He specified that those who do not have access to the Internet can get the appropriate recommendations by calling the government COVID-19 line (1-877-644-4545).

The questionnaire is available here: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/covid-19-symptom-self-assessment-tool/

Childcare services will remain open

Minister Dubé, alongside Minister of Families Mathieu Lacombe, confirmed that the last six weeks have proven the efficiency of the health measures implemented in the childcare services network. Consequently, they will remain open, even in the event of a second wave of the pandemic.

Minister Lacombe specified that only been 123 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the network over the last six months, of which 57 involved children. “These are marginal numbers that prove that the measures in place are working,” he said, confirming that all of the measures in place remain in effect.

A reassuring return to school

Minister Dubé visited a school in Repentigny for the return and said that he was reassured to see smiles on the faces of parents, children and staff.

Even if there have been some cases, they were promptly managed. Minister Dubé reiterated that there will be other outbreaks because the virus is still present.