Daily cases jumped back above 1,000 Saturday, with 26 new deaths reported and hospitalizations on the rise.
Health Minister Christian Dubé noted the big jump in deaths.
“Let’s think about all the people who have lost a loved one to COVID-19,” he said via Twitter. “Let us continue our collective efforts to ensure that the virus claims as few victims as possible.”
Quebec recorded 1,009 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 99,235, the provincial government announced Saturday morning.
Of the additional deaths reported, five occurred over the past 24 hours.
Seventeen of the new deaths occurred between Oct. 17 and 22, while three occurred before Oct. 17 and the date of another death was unknown.
The death toll is now 6,132.
The number of hospitalizations increased by nine to reach 549.
Among those in hospital, 93 are in intensive care, a drop of six.
On Thursday, 26,542 people were tested. That’s the last day for which screening data is available.