What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Wednesday, November 3
What’s the last one?
Ontario plans to potentially offer third doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all residents, with the next priority groups able to start making appointments at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Groups that can then book if at least six months have passed since the second dose include Ontarians aged 70 and over, people who have received two injections of AstraZeneca-Oxford, Indigenous people and health care workers in collective environment.
Quebec health officials are also expected to provide an update on mandatory vaccinations for healthcare workers later today.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) on Wednesday reported 22 more cases of COVID-19 and no further deaths. The city also has no local COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, which has been rare in the past three months.
Landowners in the capital will see their taxes rise by 3% as Mayor Jim Watson unveiled a 2022 budget proposal intended to dampen inflation and help the city emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
How many cases are there?
As of Wednesday, Ottawa had 30,925 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 186 known active cases, while 30,135 cases are considered resolved and 604 people have died from the disease.
Public health officials have reported more than 57,200 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 55,700 cases now resolved. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 220 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?
Provincial vaccination passports are required for people of vaccination age in many settings. People can show hard copy, PDF or QR code proof.
There are no capacity restrictions for most locations requiring proof of vaccination or outdoor events.
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 and now restaurants.
Its next rule changes will take place on November 15 in places such as schools, bars and gyms.
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.
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 must 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.
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 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 fit snugly and have three layers, are required in indoor public places in Ontario and Quebec and recommended in crowded outdoor areas.
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 may vary depending on Quebec and Ontario and by vaccination status.
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.
Travelers must now be vaccinated to board a plane, train or ship in Canada. Partially vaccinated travelers can show proof of a valid COVID-19 molecular test until November 29.
People who are fully vaccinated, tested and pre-approved can come to Canada.
The United States will demand all travelers must be fully vaccinated starting Monday. Some people with mixed doses will be allowed and this will not require recent testing.
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 time for the younger ones and health officials are making plans for if they are approved.
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. There is a big expansion of eligibility in Ontario starting Saturday at 8 a.m.
More than 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 are offering doses on short notice as campaigns seek 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.
Quick and take-out 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 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 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.