Quebec’s director of public health Horacio Arruda announced 163 more deaths related to COVID-19 in Quebec, but said that they did not all occur over the past 24 hours.
It raises the province’s death toll to 2,022, making Quebec the first in Canada to surpass 2,000 fatalities linked to the respiratory virus.
Along with the deaths, officials have identified 1,110 new cases, for a total of 28,648. That includes 6,700 people (up by 401 since Thursday) who have recovered from the virus.
There are now 1,716 people in hospital (up 32) and 218 in intensive care (up by four).
Montreal’s COVID-19 epidemic continues with 13,979 cases and 1,245 fatalities, increases of 655 and 99, respectively. There are now seven hospitals in the region that have had COVID-19 outbreaks, meaning that the virus has spread within the facility. That includes Montreal’s biggest hospital in Jewish General.
Arruda has promised the province will see more “aggressive” testing. They plan to conduct 14,000 tests a day, compared to the roughly 7,000 they’re currently administering.
As of its last update, Quebec has performed 190,719 negative tests for COVID-19 to go along with its positive diagnoses.