What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday August 6



What’s the last one?

Data security and hostile customers are raising concerns following Quebec’s announcement of the implementation of a vaccine passport for non-essential services.

Experts say there is now a need to prevent large epidemics and widespread shutdowns.

A growing number of critics now suggest that government pandemic support for businesses and workers has exceeded its usefulness and could do harm.

How many cases are there?

As of Thursday, 27,832 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 52 known active cases, 27,187 cases considered resolved and 593 people have died from the disease.

Public health officials have reported more than 50,400 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 49,300 resolved cases.

Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 198 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 215.

Akwesasne has had more than 700 residents testing positive and 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections.

Kitigan Zibi had 34 cases and one death. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory had 13, with one death. Pikwakanagan did not have one.

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What are the rules?

Eastern Ontario:

Ontario is at stage 3 of its plan to reopen.

It allows eating indoors, with capacity limits based on distance. Gyms, cinemas and museums can reach a capacity of 50% indoors.

The largest general meeting limits are 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. These limits are even higher for organized events, resulting in the resumption of summer festivals and professional sports.

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Ontario’s back-to-school plan includes mandatory masks and extracurricular activities, but no mandatory vaccinations.

The transition from stage 3 to the “exit stage” will depend on health trends such as the percentage of people fully immunized. He has not yet achieved these goals.

Western Quebec

Western Quebec is now subject to green zone restrictions, the lowest on the province’s four-color scale. Its distancing length is now one meter.

Ten people are allowed to congregate inside private residences and 20 people outside – which increases to 50 if they play sports.

Events where people remain seated in designated spaces, such as bleachers or grandstands, can now accommodate up to 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.

Stadiums, venues and festivals can accommodate 15,000 spectators outdoors and 7,500 indoors.

His school plans depend on vaccination and global spread.

It will introduce a vaccination passport for non-essential services. The prime minister said on Thursday details would be released soon.

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What can I do?

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 worrisome variants of the coronavirus are more contagious and are 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.

Vaccines stop the spread of all types of coronavirus.

Masks, preferably those that fit snugly and have three layers, are required in indoor public places in Ontario and Quebec and recommended in crowded outdoor spaces.

A child bids farewell outside the COVID-19 testing site operated by CHEO Children’s Hospital at the Brewer Arena in Ottawa on July 13, 2021. (Jean Delisle / CBC)

There are federal guidelines for what vaccinated people can do in different situations.

Fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents can now skip the 14-day quarantine. People must show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada by land without a fine.

Fully vaccinated Americans can visit Canada without having to self-quarantine starting Monday, while tourists from all other countries would be allowed as of September 7. The American border remains closed to non-essential travel at least until August 21.

Health Canada recommends that seniors and people with underlying medical 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.


Four COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and approved in Canada. Three are in use, with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine being the only one approved for children 12 to 17 years old.

The Canadian Vaccine Task Force says people can wait up to 16 weeks between doses. Certain factors are pushing the provinces to speed up this schedule considerably, notably the supply and the more infectious delta variant.

This same working group claims that it is safe and effective to mix the first and second dose.

More than 3.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau region – first and second doses combined – which has a population of approximately 2.3 million.

Eastern Ontario

Ontario vaccinates anyone 12 years of age or older.

People can search for open provincial appointments online or by phone at 1-833-943-3900. Pharmacies continue to offer vaccines through their own reservation systems, as some family physicians do.

Pharmacist Zaineb Hassan sets a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in July. (Justin Tang / The Canadian Press)

Local health units have flexibility in the larger framework, including with regard to booking, so visit their websites for details. They offer waiting lists and walk-in doses on short notice.

Campaigns are moving away from mass clinics to target those who are eligible for a second injection earlier or who have not yet received their first injection.

Western Quebec

Quebec vaccinates anyone 12 years of age and over. Its goal is to deliver second doses four weeks after the first.

People who qualify can make an appointment online or by phone or visit one of the permanent and mobile walk-in clinics.

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. Recently, a runny nose and headaches have become more common.

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. Rapid tests are available in some places.

Travelers who need a test have a few local options to pay for one. These options now include the Ottawa Brewer Arena.

In western Quebec:

Testing is highly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.

People can make an appointment and check waiting times in line. Some on-site test is available.

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 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. Anyone in Tyendinaga who is interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 and should look at the website for dedicated vaccination clinics.

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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