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How one province in Canada is already making plans for a second wave of COVID-19

A second wave in Canada is coming whether we like it or not so it's no surprise that the province hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to making plans.

On Tuesday morning, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé gave a press conference revealing the province's action plan for a possible resurgence in cases. 

"Now that we have learned constructive lessons from the network's difficulties in recent months, we are in a position to take preventive and targeted action for a second wave of the virus," said Dubé.

"Quebecers can rest assured that we are doing everything possible to protect them from COVID-19."

The minister outlined an action plan for the province based on nine areas of intervention.

These include living environments for the elderly and vulnerable people, the workforce, screening, prevention and control of outbreaks, clinical organization and services, procurement, governance and communications.

The province allocated $106 million in funding to be used, in part, to hire 1,000 full-time employees to conduct contact tracing. There will also be a massive increase in recruiting workers for long-term care and housing centres. 

Other actions include prohibiting the mobility of labour, reducing the time taken for the entire screening process and ensuring the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) by entering into agreements with Quebec manufacturers. 

Furthermore, the Quebec government plans to reach the entire population through targeted communications tailored to different audiences.

Dubé says that the measures will be in place by Sept. 30. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 61,206 cases and 5,721 deaths in Quebec, making it the leading province when it comes to the death toll and infections related to the virus.

Lead photo by

Dominic Bugatto

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