There are now 19,319 cases of COVID-19 in Quebec and a total of 939 deaths, officials reported on Monday.
Premier François Legault said during a press conference the majority of deaths are taking place in long-term care homes. The province is postponing all non-urgent hospital care in order to enable more hospital employees to work in these homes, as Premier Legault says 2,000 workers are needed to staff them adequately.
A total of 1,169 people have been hospitalized, including 198 in intensive care.
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Monday marks the largest single-day increase in cases for the province, as the total climbs to 721. No new deaths were reported due to COVID-19.
Long-term care homes also remain a concern for the province. Nine facilities across the province have reported cases of COVID-19. There are 127 residents and 61 staff who have tested positive.