What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 9
What’s the last one?
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Quebec Premier François Legault is further easing pandemic restrictions across much of the province, allowing residents – including those in Montreal – to congregate indoors with another household starting Monday.
Ottawa reported 15 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the lowest single-day case total of 2021.
How many cases are there?
The region descends from a third record wave, the one who included more dangerous coronavirus variants.
As of Tuesday, 27,335 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The city has 449 known active cases, the fewest since September.
So far, 26,304 cases have been resolved and there have been 582 deaths.
Public health officials have reported more than 49,400 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 47,800 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 Friday, there were 19 COVID-19 patients from other communities in Ottawa’s intensive care units. Some patients even come from Manitoba.
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What can I do?
Ontario enters the first phase of its plan to reopen on Friday.
Until then, the rules implemented as part of the province’s “emergency brake” approach remain in place.
People can still only congregate indoors with their own household. Up to five people can congregate outside, including people from different households.
Ontario has switched to online learning for the remainder of the school year.
Day care centers remain open and summer camps are expected to open as well.
Most non-essential businesses can only offer curbside pickup. Access to shopping malls is restricted and big box stores can only sell essential items.
Gyms and personal care services are closed, while restaurants are only available for take-out and delivery. Many outdoor recreation sites can open.
The plan to reopen the province is based on rates of spread, hospitalization and vaccination; the next step would come in early July.
Western Quebec is subject to orange zone rules but will switch to less restrictive yellow zone rules as of Monday.
People can eat both inside and outside in restaurants; 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 12 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.
The next step in Quebec’s reopening plan is expected on Friday, affecting bars and outdoor sports.
Non-essential travel is not permitted between Ontario and Quebec. Police checkpoints do not operate 24/7 at each end.
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 fit well 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.
Health Canada recommends that seniors and people with underlying health problems get help with their groceries.
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.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and approved in Canada.
Canada’s task force said the first doses offer such strong protection that people can wait up to four months to receive a second. Ontario and Quebec are both trying to accelerate this.
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 1,400,000 doses have been administered in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since mid-December, including approximately 670,000 in Ottawa and over 270,000 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 depending on availability.
Pharmacies continue to offer vaccines through their own reservation systems.
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.
People who have received an AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine can now reserve a second dose of any type after 12 weeks. This can be done through a pharmacy or doctor’s office or, at some point this week, through the provincial system if they want a Pfizer or Moderna injection.
Reminder: Walk-in visits for COVID-19 vaccination at community clinics will not be accepted.
Ontario is speeding up other types of second dose appointments.
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.
Its target is the second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine eight weeks after the first. It is moving forward with faster doses for the rest of its vaccine groups starting this week.
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.
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 in 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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