What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday, November 7


What’s the last one?

The United States will lift its ban on international travel from certain countries starting Monday, as the country focuses on the immunization status of travelers. It is also expected to reopen its land borders with Canada and Mexico to those vaccinated.

With less than a week of Remembrance Day, the annual Poppy Campaign has gained momentum in the region, but still faces a number of challenges due to the pandemic, including fewer places to distribute the pins.

Ottawa visual artist Aquil Virani was inspired to explore the theme of dreaming of a better future during lockdowns from the COVID-19 pandemic last spring. She called for applications for a new bilingual art anthology with a invite for Muslim artists. These dreams are now published in Ottawa Inshallah, a book containing everything from poems and photography to henna designs.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 46 more cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

How many cases are there?

As of Saturday, Ottawa had 31,092 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 272 known active cases, while 30,215 cases are considered resolved and 605 people have died from the disease.

Public health officials have reported more than 57,400 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 55,900 cases now resolved. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 222 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 14 deaths between its northern and southern sections.

Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg had 34 cases and one death. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory had 20 cases and one death. 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:

There are no capacity restrictions for most locations requiring proof of vaccination or for 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.

Provincial vaccination passports are required for people of vaccination age in many public places. People can show hard copy, PDF or QR code proof.

Cafe owner uses Ontario QR code verification for proof of COVID-19 vaccination status. (Sam Nar / CBC)

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 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 in October that the state of emergency which gives the government special powers will be lifted once children between the ages of five and 11 are vaccinated.

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A vaccination passport is in place for most people 13 years of age and over in many public spaces.

People can use an app or show a paper proof; people from out of province can show proof of their province, territory or country. The province has a record for Quebecers to use outside the province.

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

Key upcoming dates include unvaccinated federal public servants being placed on unpaid leave starting Nov. 15, the same day Quebec’s unvaccinated healthcare workers lose premiums and have to get tested regularly.

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.

This means it is important to take precautions such as staying home when sick – and getting help with costs if needed – keeping hands and surfaces clean and considering distancing yourself from anyone. that you don’t live with.

A person walks in downtown Ottawa during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Andrew Lee / CBC)

Masks, preferably those that are snug 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 those with underlying medical conditions get help with shopping and have supplies in case they need to self-isolate.

The timing and duration of self-isolation may vary in Quebec and Ontario and depending on immunization status.

To travel

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 require all travelers to be fully immunized starting Monday. Some people with mixed doses will be allowed and this will not require recent testing.

The prime minister said at the end of October that he was “very confident” that countries around the world would 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.

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 third doses to certain groups.

More than 3.6 million first, second and third doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau area, which has a population of approximately 2.3 million.

Eastern Ontario

Ontario is vaccinating everyone 12 years of age or older in 2021. Certain groups are now eligible for a third dose.

Renfrew County and Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health have increased third dose bookings, while the Eastern Ontario Health Unit is currently taking the third dose without an appointment.

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

Local health units have some flexibility, so check 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.

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 symptoms, exposure or certain work.

People without symptoms but who are part of the province’s targeted screening strategy can make an appointment at certain 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 for paying for one.

In western Quebec:

Testing is highly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.

People can book an appointment or see what their walk-in options are online. They can also call 1-877-644-4545 to ask questions.

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.

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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