What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday, May 29
- Ottawa reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death on Saturday.
- The ban on interprovincial travel with Quebec and Manitoba has been extended until June 16.
- City public health officials announced new pop-up vaccination clinics in high-priority neighborhoods.
- Nurses experience more burnout and stress as Wave Three takes its toll.
What’s the latest?
The Ontario government is extending its ban on non-essential travel across its land borders with Quebec and Manitoba until June 16.
In Ottawa, police said they spent $ 600,000 to staff interprovincial checkpoints in Gatineau, Que., But they expect the money to be reimbursed by the province.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) confirmed 61 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, as well as one additional death. Thirty-four cases have been recorded in western Quebec.
City and public health officials will hold new COVID-19 pop-up vaccination clinics next week in some high priority neighborhoods including Bayshore-Belltown, Lowertown, Ledbury-Heron Gate-Ridgemont and Hawthorne Meadows-Sheffield Glen.
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How many cases are there?
The region descends from a record peak of the third wave of the pandemic, the one who included more dangerous coronavirus variants.
On Saturday, 26,967 residents of Ottawa tested positive for COVID-19. There are 731 known active cases, 25,669 resolved cases and 567 deaths.
Public health officials have reported more than 49,000 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including 46,900 resolved cases.
Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 185 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 214.
Akwesasne has had nearly 700 residents testing positive, with four known active cases, and 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
The transfer of COVID-19 patients from other areas to hospitals in Ottawa continues, including Manitoba. As of Friday, there were 21 COVID-19 patients from other communities in Ottawa’s ICUs.
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What can I do?
Ontario is on a stay-at-home order until at least Wednesday. Its reopening plan is based on the rates of spread and vaccination; the province plans to take the next step in mid-June.
Many closed outdoor recreation sites can now reopen and the remote assembly limit in Ontario has now been increased to five people, including people from different households.
Most non-essential businesses can only offer curbside pickup. Access to shopping centers is restricted and supermarkets can only sell essential items.
Gyms and personal care services are closed, while restaurants are only available for take-out and delivery.
Ontario has made the switch to online learning. Day care centers remain open and summer camps are expected to open as well.
Ontario officers have the power to stop and question people if they believe they have assembled illegally.
Local health units and communities can also set their own rules, as Ottawa does around playgrounds and the Belleville area does for the agricultural industry.
Western Quebec is under the rules of the red zone.
People can eat out in restaurants. Outdoor gatherings for up to eight people are also permitted, as is travel across the province. Up to 2,500 people can gather in a large theater or arena.
There is no longer a curfew.
The next rules will be lifted on Monday, allowing restaurants and indoor gyms to reopen.
Non-essential travel is not permitted between Ontario and Quebec. Police checkpoints do not operate 24/7 on both sides.
Distance and isolate
The new coronavirus is spread primarily through droplets that can hang in the air.
People can be contagious without symptoms, even after receiving a vaccine. The coronavirus variants of concern 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 during illness – and get help with costs if needed – keep hands and surfaces clean and keep a distance from anyone you do not live with, even with a mask.
Masks, preferably those that fit snugly and have three layers, are compulsory in indoor public places in ontario and Quebec.
OPH says residents should wear masks outside their homes whenever possible.
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 health conditions seek help with shopping.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and approved in Canada.
Canada’s task force said the first doses provide such strong protection that people can wait up to four months to get a second.
Approximately 1,200,000 doses have been distributed in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since mid-December.
Ontario currently vaccinates anyone 12 years of age or older. People can search for open provincial first dose appointments online or by phone at 1-833-943-3900.
Pharmacies continue to offer vaccines through their own reservation systems as supply permits.
The first people to receive an AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine from March 10 to 19 can now book a second dose. There is a list of locations offering them in the Kingston area.
The province’s goal is a second dose of AstraZeneca 12 weeks after the first, with more details to come on other recipients.
This speeds up other types of second-dose dating, starting with allowing people in their 80s to change reservations if they choose starting Monday at 8 a.m.
Health officials continue to tell people who received a first dose before a second dose is automatically booked they will not be forgotten.
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Quebec now gives a first dose to anyone 12 years of age and over.
People who qualify can make an appointment online or by phone. From today there are walk-in clinics for the first doses in Buckingham, Hull and Wakefield and six walk-in clinics for the second doses of AstraZeneca.
The province expects to have given a first dose to 75% of adults by June 15 and expects 75% of people aged 12 and over to receive their second dose by the end of August.
Her goal is the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine eight weeks after the first. People may be able to get an earlier second dose appointment for other types of vaccines starting June 7.
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 you.
In Eastern Ontario:
Anyone wishing to take an exam must make an appointment. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and times.
Ontario recommends getting tested only 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 if you have 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.
Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border that is more than 160 kilometers away – or who has visited Montreal – for non-essential reasons is invited to self-isolate for 14 days.
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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