What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday, March 3

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:

COVID-19 hospitalizations and Ottawa’s sewage average were unchanged in Thursday’s update. According to its weekly update, Renfrew County’s hospital situation is also stable.

Quebec’s acting director of public health says all signs indicate the spread of COVID-19 is under control and the time has come to expedite the process of lifting COVID-19 measures, including removing phasing in of rules on masks in public places by May.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore holds his weekly press conference at 3 p.m.

Numbers to watch

The tests cannot meet general public demand due to the contagious variant of Omicron, which means many people with COVID-19 will not be reflected in the case count. Hospitalizations and sewage monitoring can help fill in some of the gray areas.

The average level of coronavirus in Ottawa’s sewage is stable. This is stable at sites in the Kingston area and stable or decreasing in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties.

There are 11 Ottawa residents in local hospitals for treatment of active COVID-19 according to Thursday’s report from Ottawa Public Health (OPH). None of them need intensive care.

The overall number of hospitalizations is higher if you include people hospitalized for other reasons who have COVID-19. They were 16 on Saturday.

Ottawa has had 63,046 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 898 known active cases and 743 residents have died from the disease.

Communities outside of Ottawa have approximately 50 COVID-19 related hospitalizations. Fifteen of them still need intensive care. This numbers do not include Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

In the rest of Eastern Ontario, 388 people with COVID-19 have died. The death toll is 287 in western Quebec.

What are the rules?

Eastern Ontario:

There is no provincial capacity or gathering limit. Masks are mandatory in indoor public places.

The province’s vaccine passport is complete. A vaccination mandate for staff and visitors to long-term care homes remains for the time being.

Businesses and other settings can always ask for proof of vaccination.

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Western Quebec

Home gatherings in homes no longer have any restrictions, although a maximum of 10 people or three households is recommended.

Dining rooms and bars are half open. Theaters and places of worship can reopen with capacity limits. Retail stores no longer have capacity limits. Gyms and spas are open..

It is planned to end the capacity limits and the vaccine passport on Friday, March 12. This vaccine passport is in place for most people aged 13 and over in a decreasing number of public spaces.

Masks are required indoors in public for people 10 and older. They cease to be compulsory everywhere except on public transport in mid-April, then this transport requirement will end in May.

What can I do?

Prevention

COVID-19 spreads primarily through droplets that can hang in the air. People can be contagious without symptoms, even after receiving a vaccine.

Evidence suggests that the dominant variant of Omicron is more contagious than the other types, but generally less lethal for vaccinated people without underlying conditions.

Although this wave has reached its peak, this level of spread puts vulnerable people at risk. Some surgeries delayed around the peak may resume.

Health officials say people should recommit to the basics of getting all the vaccine doses they are eligible for, staying home when sick, masking up, distancing and staying away. limit close contact.

A terrace at Ottawa’s ByWard Market on March 20, 2021. With a forecast high of 12°C next Sunday, people could try the terraces if the rain continues. (Olivier Plante/Radio Canada)

Medical masks are recommended over cloth masks.

Ontario and Quebec allow some people to self-isolate for five days under certain circumstances.

Travel

Travelers over the age of 12 years and four months must be fully immunized to board an airplane, train or sea vessel in Canada.

Individuals must be fully vaccinated, pre-approved, asymptomatic and tested negative to enter Canada. Travelers can now take an authorized rapid test.

The federal government no longer advises against non-essential international travel.

The United States requires all adults to cross a border be fully vaccinated. People traveling there will need proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

Vaccines

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

Six COVID-19 vaccines are safe and approved in Canada, with some age restrictions.

The two local provinces generally recommend doses for children ages five to 11 at least eight weeks apart for best protection. Some health authorities say parents can request a shorter interval.

Advice varies by when, not whether, people should receive a third dose after contracting COVID-19. Experts agree that people should wait until they have recovered.

More than 5.1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, which has a population of approximately 2.3 million.

Eastern Ontario

Eligible persons can look for provincial appointments online or by phone at 1-833-943-3900.

Anyone 18 years of age or older in Ontario can book a third outlet once 84 days have passed since the second. Third doses are available to anyone aged 12 to 17 after 168 days have passed.

Fourth doses are offered to some groups after the same 84-day wait.

Check local health unit websites for more details on their clinics. Pharmacies and some family doctors also offer vaccines through their own reservation systems.

Western Quebec

Eligible persons can get an appointment or visit a permanent or mobile walk-in clinic.

All adults are eligible for a third dose; the general recommendation between the second and third is three months.

Symptoms, treatment and tests

COVID-19[female[femininecan range from a cold-like illness to a serious lung infection, with common symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, vomiting and loss of taste or smell.

The “long-haul” symptoms can last for months.

Ontario and Quebec are using Pfizer’s Paxlovid prescription treatment for COVID-19 initially on adults at risk for serious COVID-19 problems.

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:

Only high-risk individuals with symptoms or at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 can obtain a lab-verified PCR test due to Omicron’s demand.

Qualified persons can check with their health unit for locations and times. Other people with symptoms should assume they have COVID-19 and self-isolate.

Only students and teachers who show symptoms at school will have access to PCR tests. Rapid and take-out tests are available to the general public at participating stores and at some daycares when the risk is high.

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

In western Quebec:

Quebec has also stopped giving PCR tests to the general public, reserving them for high-risk settings.

Rapid tests for COVID-19 are available in all daycares, preschools and primary schools in Quebec, as well as in pharmacies for the general population.

People can report rapid test results in line.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis:

First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, or people who travel to work in a remote Indigenous community, are eligible for testing in Ontario and Quebec.

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

Akwesasne has information about COVID-19 tests and vaccines online or at 613-575-2341. The neighbor Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe also offers testing. It has had more than 1,850 residents testing positive for COVID-19 and 19 deaths between its northern and southern sections.

Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg residents can call the COVID helpline at 819-449-8085 for testing on Wednesday if they qualify. Rapid tests are available at the health center. It had more than 175 confirmed cases and one death as of mid-January; 152 of these cases since December 3, 2021.

The people in Pikwakanagan can call 613-625-1175 for tests and vaccines. It offers rapid and PCR tests three mornings a week. The community had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 through December 2021; it had 103 confirmed cases as of February 25.

Anyone in Tyendinaga who is interested in a PCR test or vaccine can call their health team at 613-967-3603. They can ask questions about the rapid tests by texting 613-686-5510 or sending an email. It had 91 confirmed cases and two deaths until it stopped sharing its tally in January.

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