Quebec reports 838 new cases of COVID-19 as hospitalizations increase by 15

People walk downtown Tuesday, September 29, 2020 in Montreal. The city will be placed on Code Red under Quebec's new colour coded COVID-19 alert system as new cases continue to rise.THE CANADIAN PRESS-Ryan Remiorz

By Katelyn Thomas, CTV Montreal

MONTREAL -- Quebec health authorities reported 838 more cases of COVID-19 in the province on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 74,288.

Officials are also reporting one more death linked to the disease, which they say occurred sometime between Sept. 23 and 28. The total number of people who have died due to COVID-19 in the province now stands at 5,834. 

Hospitalizations in the province increased by 15 from Tuesday to Wednesay, for a total of 262. Of them, 43 are being treated in the intensive care ward, which is an increase of two from the number reported 24 hours earlier. 

Officials are expected to make an announcement related to public health guideline enforcement measures during a news conference scheduled for 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Premier Francois Legault will be accompanied by Health Minister Christian Dube, Public Safety Minister Genevieve Guilbault and public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda. CJAD 800 will broadcast the news conference live.  

As of Wednesday, 62,564 people are confirmed recovered from COVID-19 in Quebec, which is an increase of 469 from the number reported on Tuesday. Those recovered account for approximately 84.2 per cent of the province's cumulative cases. 

Quebec reported that it completed analyses of 25,298 tests on Sept. 28 (Quebec reports its daily testing figures from two days prior). 

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