The Province of Quebec reported 1,196 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic to 449,367 with 8,447 active cases. There were two new deaths recorded, for a total of 11,581.
The number of hospitalizations across the province increased by twelve, reaching 239. Of that total, 52 were in intensive care.
The Eastern Townships reached the highest number of active cases reported in a single day so far, with 1,234 across the region. There were 273 new cases recorded on Monday and Tuesday of this week, and 946 over the last week, bringing the average number of new cases per day to nearly 140.
The Des Sources sub-region continued to show the highest rate of infection in the region and the second highest number of cases overall after Sherbrooke, but the rate in every area within the Townships other than the Haute Yamaska and the Pommeraie was well above the provincial average.
There were 18 hospitalizations in the region, five of whom were in intensive care.
According to Santé Quebec, 94,048 children aged 5-11 had received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday morning, and another 144,917 had made appointments.
In the Eastern Townships, 12.5 per cent of the children in that age group have received one dose, with regional coverage ranging from 14 per cent in the Haute Yamaska down to 4.2 per cent in the Des Sources region.