Coronavirus COVID-19

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Uptated October 29, 2020

In context and Red Alert

The World Health Organization has officially declared pandemic status for COVID-19.

In Quebec, the government is therefore taking all necessary measures to limit the contagion as much as possible.

More information about the mesures in force in Montreal: Maximum Alert (red)

Current situation and changes in the situation in Montréal and in Pointe-Saint-Charles


All information you need in a easy reading flyer

Self-Care Guide

Your home is your primary care centre.The purpose of this guide is to help you in taking the best decisions for your own health and the health of your close friends and family during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

This guide will enable you to:

  • Learn the best ways to protect yourself
  • Take care of yourself
  • Learn the basic care to provide to your friends and family
  • Learn when and who to consult when you require care and services

The guide is available here (revised edition)

Stress, Anxiety and Depression? Tips to keep your balance!

Informal and family caregivers: Informations and directives

All the information here – uptaded on May 22

COVID-19: List of multilingual tools

All the informations and tools here

If you are worried about COVID‑19 or display symptoms

Signs and symptoms (uptated April 15)

  • Fever (over 38oC) or chills
  • Cough: recent or worse than before
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden loss of smell (without a stuffy nose) with ou without loss of taste

Other possible symptoms:     

  • Intense fatigue     
  • Headache     
  • Muscle / joint pain     
  • Runny nose     
  • Sore throat     
  • Shortness of breath     
  • Sputum     
  • Sudden loss of taste and smell     
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

So far, the average incubation period has been estimated to be 5 to 6 days. However, it could extend up to 12.5 days.

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms similar to COVID-19, you are invited to complete the COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment to get a recommendation on the next steps to follow, according to your condition. This assessment can be completed for your child or for another member of your family.

Important: This self-assessment tool is not intended to be a substitute for medical attention. Always follow the healthcare professional’s instructions.

What to do in case of symptoms or risk factors?

  • Instructions for People with COVID-19 SymptomsPlease obey the following instructions to avoid transmitting COVID-19 to others. (Updated May 1st, 2020)
  • Visit the emergency room only if you have difficulty breathing (you have difficulty breathing when resting or are unable to breathe when lying down).


You can get tested if you are in one of the following situations:

  • You have symptoms of flu, gastroenteritis or COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing).
  • You don’t have symptoms but you’ve been in close contact with someone who has received a positive COVID-19 test result.

Good to know before getting tested

  • COVID-19 tests are free for everyone.
  • Bring your health insurance card if you have one.
  • If you don’t have a health insurance card or any other kind of identification papers to provide, you can still get tested.

You can call 514-644-4545 or 1-877-644-4545 to be directed to the right resource.

Testing clinics

The closest screening clinic:

  • Basement of the St-Charles Church: 2115 Centre street, without appointment Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm
  • GMFU de Verdun: 3950 boul. Lasalle, Verdun.  WITH appointment: 514 644-4545. Open monday to friday 8am to 6pm.
  • Hôtel-Dieu, at 109 avenue des Pins. It is open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. without an appointment.

Complete list of the Testing Clinics here ( sherch for South Centre of the Island of Montreal)

Instructions for People With COVID-19 Symptoms Who Are Waiting to Either Be Tested or For a Screening Test Result (updated May 1st, 2020)

Instructions for People with COVID-19 in Home Isolation (updated May 1st, 2020)

Public Health Recommendations: Instructions for People with COVID-19 in Home Isolation

Instructions for People Who Have Been In Contact with a Case of COVID-19 (updated May 1st, 2020)

Public Health Recommendations Instructions for People Who Have Been in Contact with a Confirmed Case of COVID-19

Help us flatten the curve: was put in place mainly for public awarness, and in hopes of flattening the curve and minimizing the spread of COVID-19, by informing Canadians and the health system of the current situation. This website is based on a voluntary participation. Every person who fills out the form helps the representativeness of the information found on the website. 

The information allows monitoring the evolution in the population, without identifying specific individuals. Everyone is encouraged to participate, specially people who have symptoms of COVID-19.

Prevention tips

  • Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
  • Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette:
    • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
    • If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
  • If you are sick, avoid contact with more vulnerable people, including the elderly and people with chronic illnesses. For example, avoid visiting people in hospitals, people in long-term care shelters, or private residences. 
  • Avoid direct contact for greetings, such as handshakes, and favor the use of alternative practices.

Wearing a Face Covering in Public Settings

  • Wearing a face cover is recommended when physical distancing in public settings is not possible (2 meters or 6’5”), such as when you are shopping or taking public transportation.
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • If you need to go to a medical clinic or hospital, you may wear your face covering until you are given a procedure mask.
  • Wearing a handmade mask should NOT IN ANY CASE reduce hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and physical distancing (2 meters / 6’5 “).

For all the information about wearing a face covering in Public:

Recipe that can be used to disinfect surfaces

1 part bleach for 9 parts water (source:

Instructions on Returning Home from Abroad

For more information, to follow developments and for the latest guidelines