Quebec reports record COVID-19-related hospitalizations but drop in ICU patients

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MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting 26 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus today and a rise of 118 COVID-19-related hospitalizations.

Health officials say there are 2,554 people in hospital with COVID-19 — a new record — after 351 patients entered hospital in the past 24 hours and 233 people were discharged.

The number of patients in intensive care dropped by nine, however, for a total of 248.

Officials are reporting 10,573 new COVID-19 cases today and say just under 20 per cent of tests came back positive. The test-positivity rate has been under 20 per cent for the last two days, after hitting more than 30 per cent last week.

The province says 62,722 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered on Sunday.

Quebecers aged 40 and over became eligible today to book appointments for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and by next Monday, all adults 18 and older will be able to book booster appointments.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 10, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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