What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, July 2
- Ottawa reported five more cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.
What’s the last one?
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported five more cases of COVID-19 on Canada Day, but no further deaths.
The long-standing Heron Road test site in Ottawa closes today.
How many cases are there?
As of Thursday, 27,676 residents of Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 76 known active cases, 27,009 cases considered resolved and 591 cases where people have died.
The city is entering summer 2021 with signs of the spread similar to what they were in late summer 2020. Health officials have said people can slow the spread and allow future steps towards the disease. reopening by following the rules and advice in force, including getting vaccinated.
Public health officials have reported more than 50,100 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 48,900 resolved cases.
Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 192 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 214.
Akwesasne has had around 700 residents testing positive and 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
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What can I do?
Ontario is in Stage 2 of its plan to reopen, which is bringing back activities such as small indoor gatherings with people who don’t live together and personal care services in many areas.
Up to 25 people can gather outdoors, including for sports.
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The province is expected to spend at least three weeks at each stage before moving forward with its plan, relying on information such as vaccination, hospitalization and spread rates.
That would mean going to step 3 and allowing more activity indoors no earlier than July 21.
Visitor rules are relaxed in long-term care homes on July 7.
A detailed plan for the next school year is in preparation, the education minister said on Tuesday.
Western Quebec is now subject to green zone restrictions, the lowest on the province’s four-color scale.
Ten people are allowed to congregate inside private residences and 20 people outside – which increases to 50 if they play sports. Organized games are once again allowed outside and the gymnasiums are open.
People can eat indoors and out in restaurants and bars.
Personal care services and non-essential businesses remain open. Up to 3,500 people can gather in a large theater or arena and at outdoor festivals.
Travel throughout the province is permitted and is no longer recommended.
Distancing and isolation
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 worrying 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.
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.
There are federal guidelines for what vaccinated people can do in different situations.
People must show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada by land without a fine and must pay for their stay in a quarantine hotel if entering by air.
Those rules begin to change on Tuesday for fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
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.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and approved in Canada. Three are in use.
The Canadian task force says the first doses offer such strong protection that people can wait up to 16 weeks for a second. The supply and the more infectious delta variant are some of the factors pushing the provinces to accelerate this.
This same working group claims that it is safe and effective to mix the first and second dose. Quebec and Ontario both do this under certain circumstances.
There is some evidence that a second dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine provides better protection for people who have received a first injection of AstraZeneca-Oxford; both provinces give people who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca the opportunity to get a second of the same kind.
Over 2.2 million doses have been distributed in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since mid-December, including over one million in Ottawa and over 375,000 in western Quebec.
Ontario vaccinates anyone 12 years of age or older.
All adults are eligible to make or increase an appointment for the second dose. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines should be given at least four weeks apart, while people who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca should wait eight weeks.
These reservations depend on the supplies sent to health facilities.
Local health units have flexibility in the larger framework, including around booking, so visit their websites for details. They offer waiting lists for short-notice doses as well as a few walk-in clinics.
Quebec vaccinates every 12 years and over.
Its goal is to deliver second doses eight weeks after the first. All adults can book within this time frame.
Supply issues mean that the local health authority CISSSO only offers Moderna at walk-in clinics.
The province hopes to provide second doses by the end of August to 75% of people aged 12 and over.
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, 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.
The long-standing Heron Road test site in Ottawa closes today.
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. Shoppers Drug Mart stores can now offer rapid tests.
Travelers who need a test have a few more local options to pay for one.
In western Quebec:
Testing is highly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.
Call 1-877-644-4545 with any questions, including whether walk-in testing is available nearby.
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.
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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