Quebec unveils action plan for potential 2nd coronavirus wave

Quebec is preparing for a potential second wave of the novel coronavirus with a series of measures, including appointing a manager for each long-term care home and recruiting workers for those facilities.

Health Minister Christian Dubé, Seniors Minister Marguerite Blais and Lionel Carmant, junior health minister, outlined the details Tuesday morning in Quebec City. They were joined by Dr. Horacio Arruda, director of Quebec public health.

“Can we do better? The answer is yes,” said Dubé, adding that the government has learned from the first wave.

The province — which has been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic —  is specifically preparing its health network for a possible resurgence in cases.

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The action plan focuses on nine aspects, including readying nursing homes and reducing delays in testing across the province. Dubé said the measures must be in place by Sept. 30.

Quebec continues to lead the country when it comes to the death toll and infections related to the ongoing crisis. Since the pandemic began, there have been 61,206 cases and 5,721 deaths in the province.

The number of new daily cases has dropped over the past few days, with a total of 55 new infections reported Monday.

One additional death was reported Monday, but authorities say it occurred the previous week.

with files from the Canadian Press

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