The Province of Quebec reported 458 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, 305 of which were among non-vaccinated individuals. This increase brought the total number of people infected across the province to 420,929 with 4,834 active cases. According to Santé Quebec, unvaccinated people have been 6.7 times more likely to contract the virus than vaccinated people over the last 28 days, and 21.5 times more likely to be hospitalized.
There were two new deaths recorded on Thursday, for a total of 11,455 since the start of the pandemic.
Between the 12 new admissions and 22 new discharges, the overall number of hospitalizations in the province decreased by ten to 287. Of that number, 72 people were in intensive care, a decrease of three compared to the previous day.
There were also 523 outbreaks being tacked across the province.
In the Eastern Townships the number of active cases decreased from 342 on Wednesday to 329 on Thursday, but the number remained high compared to where it has been in recent weeks. Looked at in relation to population, the Des Sources health region remained the area of the Townships with the highest rate of infection, at 154.7 per 100,000 people, or 19 active cases, followed by the Granit region with 122 per 100,000, or 26 active cases, and Coaticook, which also had 19 cases for a rate of 101.2 per 100,000. The region with the highest individual number of cases remained Sherbrooke, with 108, although its rate of infection was lower because of its larger population.
Although the province continues to record thousands of new vaccinations each day, with over 9,000 being added on Thursday, the overall rates of vaccination remained largely unchanged at 90 per cent of the eligible population for a first dose and 86 per cent for a second.