What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, June 11
What’s the last one?
Starting today, Ontarians in all but one health unit can enjoy patio dinners in bars and restaurants and get together with 10 friends outdoors as the province moves to Stage 1 of its reopening plan.
While many people can’t wait to take advantage of the first phase of reopening, psychologist says post-containment anxiety left the others more hesitant.
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How many cases are there?
As of Thursday, 27,359 residents of Ottawa had tested positive for COVID-19. There are 378 known active cases, 26,397 cases considered resolved and 584 deaths.
Public health officials have reported more than 49,500 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 48,000 resolved cases.
Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 190 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 214.
Akwesasne has had around 700 residents testing positive and 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
The transfer of COVID-19 patients from other areas to Ottawa hospitals continues. As of Tuesday, there were 17 COVID-19 patients from other communities in Ottawa’s intensive care units. Some patients even come from Manitoba.
CBC Ottawa profile those who died from COVID-19. If you would like to share your loved one’s story, please get in touch.
What can I do?
Ontario has moved to Stage 1 of its plan to reopen, making changes such as allowing alfresco dining and indoor shopping for non-essential items.
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Up to 10 people can gather outside, including people from different households.
Stage 1 brings outdoor fitness, swimming pools and non-contact sports below the gathering limit.
Gyms and personal care services are closed. Ontario has switched to online learning for the remainder of the school year.
The plan to reopen the province is based on rates of spread, hospitalization and vaccination. The next step would come in early July at the earliest.
Western Quebec is under the rules of the orange zone.
People can eat both inside and outside in restaurants and outside in bars; a maximum of two people with different addresses can sit together.
Gyms can reopen and masks are mandatory indoors.
Outdoor gatherings of up to eight people are allowed, or 25 if you practice non-contact sports. Travel throughout the province is permitted but not recommended.
Up to 2,500 people can gather in a large theater or arena and there is no longer a curfew.
Non-essential travel is not permitted between Ontario and Quebec. Ontario police border checkpoints are scheduled to end on June 16, but could be extended. Quebec has not set a date for its end.
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None of the checkpoints operate 24/7.
Monday’s move to the yellow zone rules brings back some masked indoor gatherings for people who don’t live together.
Distancing and isolation
The new coronavirus is spread mainly by droplets that can hang in the air.
People can be contagious without symptoms, even after receiving a vaccine. The worrying variants of the coronavirus are more contagious and are now established.
This means that it is important to take precautions now and in the future, such as staying home in case of illness – and get help with costs if needed – keep hands and surfaces clean and maintain a distance from anyone you do not live with, even with a mask.
Masks, preferably those that are snug and have three layers, are required in indoor public places in Ontario and Quebec and recommended in crowded outdoor areas.
People must show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada by land without a fine and must pay for their stay in a quarantine hotel if entering by air.
Health Canada recommends that seniors and people with underlying medical conditions get help with their groceries.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and approved in Canada. Three are in use.
Canada’s task force said the first doses offer such strong protection that people can wait up to four months to receive a second.
This task force claims that it is safe and effective to mix the first and second dose under certain conditions. Quebec and Ontario both do it.
Over 1,500,000 doses have been distributed in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since mid-December, including approximately 700,000 in Ottawa and over 280,000 in western Quebec.
Ontario now vaccinates anyone 12 years of age or older. People can find provincial appointments for the first dose that open online or by phone at 1-833-943-3900.
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Pharmacies continue to offer vaccines through their own reservation systems, as some family physicians do.
People who have received an AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine can now reserve a second dose of any type after 12 weeks.
Ontario is speed up other types of appointments for the second dose. The next local extension is scheduled for July 19 for people who have received a first dose by May 9 at the latest.
All these reservations depend on the supplies sent to health facilities.
Health officials continue to tell people who received a first dose before a second dose is automatically booked they will not be forgotten. They say most people who want a second dose can get one by the fall.
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Quebec now gives a first dose to anyone 12 years of age and over.
The province expects to have given a first dose to 75% of adults by June 15 and forecasts that 75% of people 12 years and older will receive their second dose by the end of August.
Her goal is the second dose eight weeks after the first, allowing people to change reservations by age. This extends to people 60 and over today.
The province is asking people who have received a first AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccine to wait for more supplies.
People who qualify can make an appointment online or by phone.
Symptoms and tests
COVID-19[female[femininecan range from a cold-like illness a severe lung infection, with common symptoms such as fever, cough, vomiting, and loss of taste or smell. Children tend to have an upset stomach and / or a rash.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic, and resources are available to help.
In Eastern Ontario:
Anyone wishing to take a test must make an appointment. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and hours.
Hours change at the Ottawa Driving Test Site on Coventry Road, every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Monday.
Ontario recommends that you only get tested if you meet certain criteria, such as having symptoms, exposure, or a certain job.
People without symptoms but who are part of the province’s targeted screening strategy can make an appointment in some pharmacies. Shoppers Drug Mart stores can now offer rapid tests.
Travelers who need a test have very few local options to pay for one.
In western Quebec:
Testing is highly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.
Call 1-877-644-4545 with any questions, including whether walk-in testing is available nearby.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis:
First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, or someone traveling to work in a remote Indigenous community, are eligible to be tested in Ontario.
Tyendinaga council asks people do not go there to camp or fish.
Inuit of Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for services, including tests and vaccines, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.
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