What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 23


Recent DEVELOPMENTS:

What’s the last one?

Ontario has opened immunization appointments for children born in 2016 and before, or who will be at least five years old in 2021.

Depending on where you are, there should be a mix of now familiar booking options and some specifically for this age group.

Quebec Premier François Legault has announced that he will announce how Quebec plans to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 at a joint press conference today at 5 p.m. with Health Minister Christian Dubé.

This province has also extended its third dose eligibility to people aged 70 to 74 as of today.

The federal Liberal government begins its third term today with a speech from the throne in the early afternoon by Governor General Mary May Simon. It is expected to outline the government’s vision for the final stages of the pandemic.

How many cases are there?

As of Monday, Ottawa had 31,685 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 347 known active cases, while 30,724 cases are considered resolved and 614 people have died from the disease.

Public health officials have reported more than 59,000 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 57,100 cases now resolved. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 226 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 223.

Akwesasne has had nearly 1,100 residents tested positive for COVID-19 and reported 14 deaths between its northern and southern sections.

Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg had 34 cases and one death. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory had 21 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, nor for outdoor events.

The plan is to lift public health measures in stages until March 2022, with the next stage suspended until at least December, as authorities monitor some upward trends.

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.

Western Quebec

Ten people are allowed to congregate inside private residences and 20 people outside – which increases to 50 if they play sports. There is no capacity limit for venues in Quebec with assigned seats and restaurants.

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.

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.

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

A worker walks past the West Block on Parliament Hill on November 22, 2021. The House of Commons met again on Monday and unvaccinated people need a medical exemption to enter. (Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press)

What can I do?

Prevention

COVID-19 is spread primarily by droplets that can hang in the air. People can be contagious without symptoms, even after being vaccinated.

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.

Carleton Ravens fans watch the men’s soccer team in the national championship final at Carleton University on November 21, 2021. Masks were supposed to be mandatory in the stands. (Félix Desroches / Radio-Canada)

When and for how long to self-isolate can vary Quebec and Ontario and by vaccination status. Health units as in Renfrew County can make some changes.

Health Canada recommends that seniors and those with underlying health conditions get help with shopping and have supplies in case they need to self-isolate.

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 Monday, when this rule ends.

People must be fully vaccinated, tested and pre-approved to enter Canada. The rules for travel under 72 hours change next Tuesday, November 30, and the list of approved vaccines has grown.

The United States requires all travelers – land, air and sea – should be fully immunized. 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

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. Health Canada has approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children as young as five years old.

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 region, which has a population of approximately 2.3 million.

Eastern Ontario

Ontario vaccinates anyone five years of age or older in 2021. Doses for children five to 11 years old will be given at least eight weeks apart.

People can search for provincial appointments online or by phone at 1-833-943-3900.

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 and cover expanded eligibility.

Pharmacies and some family physicians offer vaccines through their own reservation systems.

The province has recommended that people under the age of 24 receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine because the Moderna 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.

The province’s health minister said the hope is to give every child a dose of the vaccine by Christmas. His full plan for the young is due today.

Symptoms and tests

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

Long-haul symptoms can last for months.

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:

Ontario says to get tested by making an appointment at a clinic if you meet certain criteria. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and hours.

Some pharmacies can now test people with symptoms, as well as some people without symptoms.

Officials say they are seeing more and more people coming to its sites after showing symptoms for several days and delaying testing, sometimes spreading COVID in the meantime.

Quick and take-out tests are available in some places, including pharmacies and some daycares when the risk is high. A positive test will trigger a follow-up test.

Travelers who need a test have 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 if they’re near an online walk-in option. They can also call 1-877-644-4545 to ask questions during line hours.

Gargle tests are offered in some places instead of a swab.

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 anyone 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 a vaccine; email is another option for booking vaccines.

Tests are available in Pikwàkanagàn by calling 613-625-1175 and vaccines (including third doses) 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.



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