Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said Tuesday that Daniel Paré, in charge of the province’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, will lead the program to implement rapid testing in schools and asked for patience while the government works out the kinks in the plan. The health minister’s plea followed criticism regarding the rollout of the tests and a lack of clarity about how they would be administered, and by whom.
Quebec reported 633 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. There are currently 6,241 active cases in the province.
Seven new deaths were reported, for a total of 11,312 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Hospitalizations increased by three for a total of 230, and 78 patients are in intensive care, up three compared to the day before.
In the Estrie, 107 new cases of COVID-19 were reported since Friday, and there has been one new death in the region. There are 215 active cases locally, and cases have been reported in three ETSB schools, Knowlton Academy, St. Francis Elementary and Alexander Galt Regional High School.