Quebec records highest number of new coronavirus cases since the end of July
By Katelyn Thomas, CTV Montreal
MONTREAL -- Quebec health authorities reported 187 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, its biggest spike since the end of July.
The announcement brings the total number of cases in Quebec since the start of the pandemic to 62,933.
Quebec hasn't reported this many new cases in a 24-hour period since July 23, when it reported 189.
No one has died in Quebec due to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours. However, three deaths that occurred before Aug. 27 were announced, for a total of 5,767.
There were 41 new cases of COVID-19 reported on the Island of Montreal on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases on the island since the start of the pandemic to 29,936. As for the Quebec City region, 37 new cases have been recorded, bringing the total to 2,153. Quebec City saw a spike this week when an outbreak that began at a karaoke bar spread and infected at least 40 people including children at three schools.
Hospitalizations in Quebec decreased by nine. There are now 100 people being treated for COVID-19 in the province's hospitals. Of them, 20 are in intensive care, which is the same number that was reported on Wednesday.
As of Thursday, 55,615 people are confirmed recovered from COVID-19, which is an increase of 100 from the day before.
Quebec reported that it completed analyses of 15,277 COVID-19 tests on Sept. 1, an increase of 2,352 from the 12,925 it completed a day earlier (Quebec reports its daily testing figures from two days prior).