MONTREAL -- Quebec public health authorities announced Friday that 98 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

There were no new deaths reported in the same time span, but one death occured in the Quebec City region before Aug. 21 due to the disease. The total number of deaths in the province is now 5,750 due to another death (reported in Montreal) being withdrawn from the total after an investigation found it was not attributable to COVID-19.

The total number of positive cases in Quebec is now 62,154.

Quebec also announced that 78 positive cases should have been negative after some samples in the labratory were contaminated. The cases, Quebec said, are being gradually withdrawn.

There are two more people receiving treatment in Quebec's hospitals Friday for a total of 117. Of those, 17 patients are in the intensive care ward, an increase of two. 

On Aug. 26, 15,711 samples were analyzed by health-care professionals, which is 309 less than anaylzed Aug. 25. (Quebec releases its sampling data from two days prior to the daily updates).