What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday, December 26


  • Ontario hits a record high number of cases on Christmas Day, just under 10,000 on Boxing Day.
  • Ottawa reported 698 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the last day local data was released.

What is the last

Ontario is reporting 9,826 new cases of COVID-19 on Boxing Day, a day after reporting a record 10,412 cases on Christmas Day.

Ottawa Public Health reported 698 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, a new record. The next day, the numbers will be published locally, it’s Monday.

How many cases are there?

Testing has recently fallen behind the demand caused by Omicron, meaning some people with COVID-19 will not be counted as quickly in the number of cases. Hospitalizations and sewage levels can help fill in some of the gray areas.

As of Friday, Ottawa had 36,484 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There are 3,355 known active cases, while 32,509 cases are considered resolved and 620 people have died from the disease.

Local public health officials have reported more than 71,148 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 62,599 cases now resolved. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 244 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 223.

Akwesasne has had more than 1,250 residents testing positive for COVID-19 and has reported 18 deaths between its northern and southern sections.

Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory had 61 cases – four confirmed as Omicron – and one dead. Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg had 52 cases and one death. Pikwàkanagàn had no case.

What are the rules?

Eastern Ontario:

The province’s private assembly limits under Omicron threat are 10 indoors and 25 outdoors; companies can reach 50 percent of their capacity. Up to 10 people are allowed per table in a restaurant or bar.

Local officials can also introduce their own rules and this is what happened in Ottawa, Renfrew County, the Belleville district and the Kingston area.

Health units for Belleville, Kingston and Leeds, Grenville and Lanark areas ask residents to avoid face-to-face gatherings, as does advice from Akwesasne, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

The provincial vaccination passport is required for people 12 years of age and over in many public places. It will not be compulsory for the youngest.

People can prove their immunization status with a paper document, PDF file, or QR code. These documents must have a QR code as of January 4 and medical exemptions must have one by January 10.

Western Quebec

Ten people are allowed to assemble inside the houses and 20 people outside.

Schools, bars, gymnasiums, spas and cinemas are closed. Places of worship and restaurants are limited to 50 percent of their capacity. Restaurants can only open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and no singing or dancing is allowed.

Schools are closed to in-person learning until at least January 10.

A vaccination passport is in place for most people 13 years of age and older in many public spaces. This will not apply to the youngest. People can use an app or show a paper proof.

Other groups in the region are also offering their own COVID-19 vaccination policies, including for staff and visitors.

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 being vaccinated.

Scientists are working to learn more about the very rapid spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, its severity, and how vaccines are performing against it.

Health officials say people should re-commit to getting vaccinated, staying home when they are sick, getting tested if local circumstances allow, and seeing as few people as possible in the near future. anybody.

Fourth-year nursing student Mairin Asquin gives a COVID-19 booster shot at Jabapalooza, an pop-up vaccination clinic held in Ottawa on Monday, December 20, 2021. (Justin Tang / The Canadian Press)

Masks, preferably medical, are mandatory in indoor public places in Ontario and Quebec and recommended in crowded outdoor spaces.

The timing and duration of self-isolation may vary depending on the community, availability of tests, type of exposure, and immunization status.

Health Canada recommends that seniors and those with underlying health conditions get help with shopping and have supplies in case they need to self-isolate.

To travel

Travelers over 12 years and four months must now be fully immunized to board a plane, train or ship in Canada.

The federal government officially advises against non-essential international travel until at least January 12.

People must be fully vaccinated and pre-approved to enter Canada and must once again test negative for COVID-19.

The United States requires anyone crossing a land, air or sea border must be fully vaccinated. People traveling there will need proof of a negative COVID test within one day of departure.

The hope is that other countries will accept provincial or territorial proof of vaccination.


Vaccines slow the spread of all variants of COVID-19 and go a long way in preventing deaths and hospitalizations, without offering full protection.

Four COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and approved in Canada, with some age restrictions.

Health Canada has approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children as young as five years old. The two local provinces generally recommend that doses for children five to 11 years old be given at least eight weeks apart, with limited exceptions.

Anyone 18 and over in Ontario can now try to book a third session, although local resources may not always meet demand. The province has also shortened the required interval between the second and third dose to 84 days.

A sign announcing the free rapid tests for COVID-19 at the Minto Recreation Complex in Barrhaven on December 22, 2021. (Francis Ferland / CBC)

People 65 and over can receive a third dose in Quebec, while people 60 and over with certain health problems are also eligible. All other people 60 years of age and over can receive a third dose starting Monday.

More than 4.1 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.

Eastern Ontario

People born in 2016 and before can search for provincial appointments online or by phone at 1-833-943-3900.

Local health units have some flexibility, so check their websites for details. Many offer clinics just for children.

Pharmacies and some family physicians offer vaccines through their own reservation systems.

Western Quebec

Anyone aged five and over can get an appointment or visit a permanent or mobile walk-in clinic.

Children’s clinics are in schools and children will need a parent’s written consent to be vaccinated there.

Siblings can be booked together in the same time slot, and parents can check a box to report if their child is nervous.

Symptoms and tests

COVID-19[female[femininecan range from a cold-like illness a severe lung infection, with common symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, vomiting, and loss of taste or smell.

Long-haul symptoms can last for months.

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:

Ontario says to get tested by making an appointment at a clinic if you meet certain criteria. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and hours – some had to sort out given current demand.

Some pharmacies test people with symptoms, as well as some people without symptoms.

Quick and take-out tests are available at malls, libraries and LCBOs (when stocks allow), Kingston area family physician offices, and certain childcare settings when the risk is high. Students receive a pack of vacation test kits.

Two pop-up locations open Thursday in Ottawa, at the Walter Baker Recreation Center at 100 Malvern Drive in Nepean, from 10 a.m. and at the St-Laurent Shopping Center at 1200, boul.

The Nepean location will also be open on New Years Eve.

A positive rapid test will trigger a follow-up.

Travelers who need a test have 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 if they’re near an online walk-in option. They can also call 1-877-644-4545 to ask questions during line hours.

The Maniwaki test site is moving to 57, route 105 as of today.

Gargle tests are offered in some places instead of a swab.

COVID-19 rapid tests are available in all daycares, kindergartens and elementary schools in Quebec, as well as in pharmacies for the general population.

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.

Residents of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg can call the health center at 819-449-5593 for a test or a vaccine; email is another option for booking vaccines.

Tests are available in Pikwàkanagàn by calling 613-625-1175 and vaccines (including third doses) 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.

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