What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Tuesday, October 19

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Recent DEVELOPMENTS:

What’s the last one?

Queen’s University infectious disease specialist says Ottawa now having 90% of its population eligible with at least one dose of vaccine will lead to a further drop in its number of new cases, including among people who have not. the vaccine.

His fourth wave was not as severe as his first three.

Health units covering the Brockville and Cornwall areas have also reached this mark.

Akwesasne has passed 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with elders among its recent victims. People on the Canadian side of the border are asked not to see anyone with whom they do not live.

The Ottawa Hospital will receive one of six COVID-19 patients that Saskatchewan will transfer to Ontario as the Prairie province struggles to manage a record number of intensive care patients.

Prime Minister François Legault will set out his priorities for the remainder of his government’s term in an inaugural speech at 2 p.m. today and explain to Quebecers how he wants to move forward after the pandemic.

How many cases are there?

As of Monday, Ottawa has a total of 30,527 COVID-19 cases. There are 263 known active cases, 29,662 cases are considered resolved and 602 people have died from the disease.

Public health officials have reported more than 56,600 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 54,700 cases now resolved.

Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 209 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 222.

Akwesasne has had more than 1,000 residents tested positive for COVID-19 and has reported 12 deaths between its northern and southern sections.

Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg had 34 cases and one death. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory had 20 cases, with one death and an active community epidemic. Pikwakanagan had no case.

CBC Ottawa profile those who died from COVID-19. If you would like to share your loved one’s story, please get in touch.

What are the rules?

Eastern Ontario:

Ontario is in Stage 3 of its plan to reopen and is expected to announce next steps this week.

General assembly limits are 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. These limits are even higher for organized events.

Artist Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Simon Brascoupé attends the unveiling of his Algonquin Orientation Wheel at Ottawa City Hall on October 12, 2021. (Alexander Behne / CBC)

Indoor catering capacity is based on distancing. Gyms and museums can reach a capacity of 50% indoors.

Its vaccination passport system is in place for people of vaccination age at least until spring. QR codes for scanning begin to be used on Friday, in addition to the paper and PDF options currently in use.

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

Western Quebec

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 are no longer any capacity limits for Quebec theaters with assigned seats. Restaurants will lose capacity and time limits on November 1.

A vaccination passport is in place for most people aged 13 and over in spaces such as public events, restaurants, gyms and now hospitals.

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 new way of displaying immunization records specially designed for use outside the province.

What can I do?

Prevention

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 variants of concern 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 your hands and surfaces clean and consider distancing yourself from anyone you do not live with.

The Ottawa Hospital expects to receive a COVID-19 patient from Saskatchewan soon, as that province struggles to cope with a record number of intensive care patients. (Brian Morris / CBC)

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.

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

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

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 problems 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.

To travel

All potential travelers must be fully immunized by October 30 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.

Vaccines

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.

More than 3.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau region – first, second and third doses combined – which has a population of approximately 2.3 million.

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Dr Gerald Evans, an infectious disease specialist at Queen’s University, said the high vaccination rate in Ottawa means the number of cases is expected to decline, even among those who are not vaccinated. 1:01

Eastern Ontario

Ontario vaccinates anyone who will be 12 years of age or older in 2021.

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

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.

Western Quebec

Anyone aged 12 and over can make an appointment or visit a permanent or mobile walk-in clinic.

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 Métis:

First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, or someone 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 Pikwàkanagàn 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.



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