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What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday, September 16th

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday, September 16th

Recent developments:

What’s the latest?

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The region has passed 3.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses given with about 35,000 in the last week. It is slightly lower than the approximately 40,000 doses the week before in a passport bump after the vaccine.

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How many cases are there?

As of Wednesday, 29,016 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 410 known active cases, 28,012 cases considered resolved, and 594 people who have died from the disease.

Public health officials have reported more than 52,200 COVID-19 cases in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 51,100 cases now resolved.

Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 200 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 216.

Akwesasne has had more than test positive for COVID-19 — about 35 in the past week — and has reported 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections.

Kitigan Zibi has had 34 cases and one death. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory has had 14, with one death. Pikwakanagan have not had any.

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What are the rules?

Eastern Ontario:

Ontario is in step 3 of its reopening plan and will stay there for the foreseeable future. Its science table says more vaccinations and fewer contacts are needed to avoid a lockdown in the fall.

Ontario’s vaccine passport system starts Wednesday for many activities.

People will have to show photo ID and either a paper or PDF version of their vaccine receipt until an app is ready, probably in late October. There will be medical exceptions.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 vaccines are becoming mandatory for many activities and services.

General collection limits are 25 people inside and 100 people outside. These limits are even higher for organized events.

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Indoor dining capacity is based on distance. Fitness centers, cinemas and museums can reach a capacity of 50 percent inside.

Ontario’s schooling rules allow recreational activities, and while masks remain mandatory, vaccines are not. School boards can go beyond these rules.

Western Quebec

According to its green zone rules, 10 people can gather inside private homes and 20 people outdoors – which rises to 50 if you play sports. Organized events can be much larger.

This province’s school rules include masks in the classroom for students, but do not include classroom bubbles.

A vaccine pass is in place for people aged 13 and over in spaces such as public events, bars, restaurants and gyms.

Quebecers can use an app or view paper security; people from the province will have to show proof of paper. Everyone must also show ID.

There are medical exceptions.

What can I do?

COVID-19 is spread primarily through droplets that can hang in the air.

People can be contagious without symptoms, even after receiving a vaccine. 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 while ill – and getting help for costs if necessary – keeping hands and surfaces clean and maintaining distance from anyone who is not live with, even with a mask on.

People walk a path in Ottawa on September 13, 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Francis Ferland / CBC)

Masks, preferably those that sit tight and have three layers, are mandatory in public indoor settings in Ontario and Quebec and are recommended in crowded outdoor areas.

Vaccines slow down the spread of all variants of COVID-19 and go a long way towards avoiding deaths and hospitalizations without offering total protection. There is federal guidance on what vaccinated people can do in different situations.

Fully vaccinated, tested and pre-approved people can come to Canada. The U.S. border remains closed to non-essential land travel.

Health Canada recommends that older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should isolate themselves, as should those who have been ordered to do so by their public health unit. The length of self-isolation varies in Quebec and Ontario.

Vaccines

Four COVID-19 vaccines have been considered safe and approved in Canada. Two are approved for young people up to the age of 12.

Canada’s vaccine task force says people can wait up to 16 weeks between the first and second dose. Factors pressured provinces to drastically accelerate this timeline, including tenders and the more infectious delta variant.

The same task force says it is safe and effective to mix first and second doses.

Ontario gives certain groups third doses, and Quebec’s vaccination group has recommended the same.

There have been more than 3.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau region — combined first, second, and third doses — which have about 2.3 million inhabitants.

Eastern Ontario

Ontario vaccinates anyone who turns 12 or older by 2021. People can look for provincial appointments that open online or by phone at 1-833-943-3900.

Local healthcare units have flexibility in the larger setting, including around booking, so check their websites for details.

They offer standby lists and walk-in doses at short notice as campaigns shift from mass clinics to mobile clinics to fill gaps in vaccine coverage.

A City of Ottawa vehicle is parked outside the Orange Monkey Pool Hall as it holds a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on September 15, 2021. (Francis Ferland / CBC)

Third shot details depend on the health device.

Pharmacies continue to offer vaccines through their own booking systems, just as some GPs do.

Western Quebec

All 12 and older can book an appointment online or over the phone or visit one of the province’s permanent and mobile walk-in clinics.

Quebec gives third shots to people who are immunocompromised or undergoing dialysis.

Symptoms and tests

COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, cough, runny nose, headache, vomiting and loss of taste or smell.

Children tend to have stomach aches and / or rashes.

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Call 911 if you have severe symptoms.

Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic, and resources are available to help.

In Eastern Ontario:

Anyone seeking a test should make an appointment. Ask your healthcare provider for the clinic’s location and opening hours.

Ottawa’s drive-through COVID-19 test site on Coventry Road near RCGT Park Baseball Stadium will be open until 6 p.m. 17:30 daily instead of 2pm every day from Sunday due to increased demand, says the Ottawa test group.

Ontario only recommends being tested if you meet certain criteria, such as having symptoms, exposure, or a specific job.

People without symptoms, but who are part of the province’s targeted testing strategy, can book appointments at selected pharmacies. Quick tests are available in some places, including now also some schools.

Ottawa’s COVID-19 test team says unvaccinated people without symptoms cannot get the tests they need to learn on campus or attend a public event at its clinics. They should look for a pharmacy or laboratory that offers it.

Travelers who need a test have a few local options to pay for one.

In western Quebec:

Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.

People can make an appointment and check waiting times online. Some walk-in tests are available.

Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.

Rapid tests are used at schools in other parts of the province.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis:

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people or a person traveling to work in a remote indigenous community are eligible for a test in Ontario.

Akwesasne has COVID-19 tests and vaccine clinics, with information online or at 613-575-2341.

People in Kitigan Zibi can call the health center at 819-449-5593 for a test or a vaccine; Email is another option for vaccination.

Tests are available in Pikwàkanagàn by calling 613-625-1175 and vaccines, at 613-625-2259 extension 225 or by email. Anyone in Tyendinaga who is interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 and should see the website of dedicated vaccine clinics.

Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including tests and vaccines, at Inuktitut or English on weekdays.

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