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Quebec reports 25 more deaths and 1,030 new COVID-19 infections

A nurse gets a swab ready to perform a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

MONTREAL – Public health authorities in Quebec are attributing 25 more deaths to COVID-19 and reporting 1,030 new infections.

The Health Department said today the number of hospitalizations decreased by 17, to 509, while the number of intensive care patients dropped by 11, to 78.

Authorities say there are five long-term care homes where more than 25 per cent of residents have active cases of COVID-19 — down from eight care home the day before.

They say there are six private seniors residences where more than 25 per cent of residents have active infections, a situation they describe as “critical.”

As of Tuesday, 1,934 elementary and high school students had active cases of COVID-19 in addition to 421 staff members.

Quebec has reported a total of 103,844 cases of COVID-19 and 6,214 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.