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Montreal's head of public health Dr. Mylene Drouin and Mayor Valérie Plante provided an update into the city's ongoing response to COVID-19 on Thursday.

During the briefing, Drouin said that 75 per cent of long-term care homes, also known as CHSLDs, in the city were dealing with outbreaks. She said that 59 out of 79 CHSLDs were currently experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19. Retirement homes for the elderly are seeing a smaller number, however, with only 23 per cent reporting incidents. She said they are trying to "put out the fires" as they still are working on inquiries into cases.

Drouin said Thursday that the province had 7,281 total cases, an increase of 451 new cases, and that the death toll had risen to 332.

A new initiative was announced during the briefing aimed at helping those who are most vulnerable. Drouin said people 70 and older will receive automated calls from the both the city and public health asking if they require needs met, and if so, they can call 211. The needs can include food, medication, a need for delivery or a health need. She emphasized they are not fraudulent calls and are safe to answer.

Plante also announced the city would be committing a subsidy of $260,000 to the Bureau du taxi de Montreal, to allow companies to install plexiglass between the driver and riders to protect both amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

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