Quebec reports 712 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths, increase in hospitalizations
MONTREAL -- Quebec reported 712 new COVID-19 infections Monday and 15 new deaths.
Of the deaths, three took place in the last 24 hours, nine between March 15 and 20, and three before March 15.
The province also reported 513 people hospitalized -- an increase of 12. Of those, 114 people are in intensive care, also an increase of 12.
The seven-day average of new cases now stands at 695.
There are currently 6,755 active cases in total in the province.
Quebec has now had 303,051 people infected over the course of the pandemic, and a total of 10,614 deaths. Overall, 285,682 Quebecers have recovered from the virus.
Vaccination numbers continue to grow quickly, with 21,180 new people receiving their first dose since the last count. The total number of Quebecers vaccinated is nearing one million, currently standing at 966,566.
The province has received 1,050,355 vaccine doses in total.
Montreal had the greatest share of new cases, at 320. It was followed by Laval (106), Montérégie (70), and the Laurentians (40).
Montreal also had the biggest share of deaths (6 new deaths, 4,597 total deaths). It was followed by Montérégie (4 new, 1,509 total) and Quebec City (2 new, 1,007 total). Three regions had one death each, including Laval.
There were 20,216 COVID-19 tests taken on March 20. Testing numbers are available after a delay of two days.