Quebec health officials announced 1,102 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
It’s now the seventh time in the past eight days that it has eclipsed 1,000-daily cases, a mark no other province has ever hit. Before the recent stretch, Quebec had not reported a 1,000-case increase since May 2.
Of the latest cases, 345 were identified in the nation’s epicentre of Montreal, 182 in Montérégie, 144 in Quebec City, 87 in Laval, 74 in Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec, 67 in Chaudière-Appalaches, 54 in Laurentides, 38 in Estrie, 35 in Lanaudière and 31 in Outaouais.
In the latest 24-hour stretch, four more Quebecers have died. Eighteen other fatalities from previous dates were also added to its death toll, while one was recently removed following an investigation into the cause of death. It leaves the death toll at 5,936.
In addition, 1,001 more people have recently recovered from the virus. Throughout the province, there are now 8,572 currently infected patients, which includes 433 in hospital (up by eight since Thursday) and 67 in intensive care (down by one).
In K-12 schools around the province, 146 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the latest 24-hour reporting period, with 127 among students and 19 among staff. In that same stretch, 26 more schools reported their first case of COVID-19, while the province removed 41 class bubbles that they previously reported had shut down.
Since schools opened, there have been 3,335 cases among students and staff. That includes 116 who recovered in the latest 24-hour stretch, leaving 1,799 currently infected patients in the system. So far, 1,009 schools have had a case of COVID-19, with 781 of them having an active case at the moment. In total, 975 class bubbles have been shut down and asked to learn remotely.
Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its output from two days prior. Most recently, it completed 29,729 tests for COVID-19, as it continues to push its capacity.