Ottawa Public Health provides an update on the pandemic
What’s the last one?
The Ontario government will today unveil new legislation for long-term care homes in the province. Seniors advocates describe it as the now or never for Ontario to improve conditions in long-term care.
It has also lifted capacity limits for outdoor events, providing more options for upcoming Remembrance Day ceremonies and Santa Claus parades.
Ottawa Police have laid counterfeit charges against an employee doing unspecified work with the city’s paramedic, alleging he tampered with his proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Food banks in Canada have seen a significant increase in visits throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report says, with the high cost of living and ongoing economic disruption threatening to create countless new customers.
How many cases are there?
As of Wednesday, Ottawa had a total of 30,756 COVID-19 cases. There are 214 known active cases, 29,939 cases are considered resolved and 603 people have died from the disease.
Public health officials have reported more than 56,900 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 55,300 cases now resolved. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 218 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 223.
Akwesasne has had more than 1,000 residents tested positive for COVID-19 and has reported 12 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
What are the rules?
The provincial vaccine passport system is in place for people of vaccine age in many settings. QR codes for scanning are now available, along with paper and PDF options.
There are no capacity restrictions for most locations that require proof of vaccination. The plan is to lift the public health measures in stages, the next mid-November and the last at the end of March 2022.
Private assembly limits are 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
Under its green zone rules, 10 people are allowed to congregate inside private residences and 20 people outside – which increases to 50 if you play sports.
There is no capacity limit for venues in Quebec with assigned seats. Restaurants will lose capacity and time limits on Monday.
A vaccination passport is in place for most people 13 years of age and over in many public spaces.
Quebecers can use an application or present a paper proof; people from out of province will be required to show paper proof. The province has a record of out-of-province use.
Other groups in the region are also offering their own COVID-19 vaccination policies, including for staff. Federal officials must register their immunization status by Saturday.
The prime minister said the pandemic state of emergency which gives the government special powers will be lifted once children between the ages of five and 11 are vaccinated.
What can I do?
COVID-19 is spread primarily by droplets that can hang in the air.
People can be contagious without symptoms, even after receiving a vaccine. The worrisome variants are more contagious and 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 your hands and surfaces clean and consider distancing yourself from anyone you do not live with.
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.
Area health officials generally say small Halloween gatherings are allowed with precautions for unvaccinated and / or vulnerable people. Guidelines may be stricter in areas where COVID-19 is spreading more than others, such as Akwesasne.
Health Canada recommends that seniors and people with underlying health conditions get help with their groceries.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate, as well as those who have been ordered to do so by their public health unit. The duration of self-isolation varies according to Quebec and Ontario.
Vaccines slow the spread of all variants of COVID-19 and go a long way in preventing deaths and hospitalizations, without offering full protection.
There are federal guidelines for what vaccinated people can do in different situations.
All potential travelers must be fully immunized by Saturday to board a plane, train or ship in Canada.
People who are fully vaccinated, tested and pre-approved can come to Canada.
The United States will require all travelers to be fully vaccinated starting November 8. Some people with mixed doses will be allowed to cross the border.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “very confident” countries around the world would accept proof of provincial or territorial vaccination from Canadians.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and approved in Canada.
The two most common are approved for young people as young as 12 years old. Data from the trials are being reviewed for the first injection for the youngest.
The Canadian Vaccine Working Group says people can wait three to 16 weeks between the first and second dose and that it is safe and effective to mix the first and second doses.
Ontario and Quebec give some groups third doses.
Nearly 3.6 million first, second and third doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau region, which has a population of approximately 2.3 million.
Ontario vaccinates anyone who will be 12 years of age or older in 2021.
Local health units have flexibility, including booking and third injections, so visit their websites for details.
They offer doses on short notice as campaigns scale to fill gaps in immunization coverage.
The province has recommended that people aged 18 to 24 receive the Pfizer-BioNTech, or Comirnaty, vaccine because the Moderna or Spikevax vaccine has a slight risk of rare heart disease.
Symptoms and tests
COVID-19[female[femininecan range from a cold-like illness a severe lung infection, with common symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose, headache, 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 COVID-19 test can make an appointment. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and hours.
Ontario says 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. Rapid tests are available in some places, including some daycares when the risk is high.
Travelers who need a test have a few local options to pay for one.
In western Quebec:
Testing is highly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.
People can make an appointment or see what their walk-in options are online. They can also call 1-877-644-4545 to ask questions.
The COVID-19 rapid tests are available in all kindergartens and elementary schools in Quebec.
First Nations, Inuit and MÃ©tis:
First Nations, Inuit and MÃ©tis people, or anyone traveling to work in a remote Indigenous community, are eligible to be tested in Ontario.
Akwesasne a COVID-19 test and vaccination clinics, with information online or at 613-575-2341.
Residents of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg can call the health center at 819-449-5593 for a test or vaccine; email is another option for booking vaccines.
Tests are available in PikwÃ kanagÃ n by calling 613-625-1175 and vaccines, at 613-625-2259 ext 225 or by email. Anyone in Tyendinaga who is interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 and should look at the website for dedicated vaccination clinics.
Ottawa Inuit can call Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including tests and vaccines, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.