What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Tuesday, October 12


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How many cases are there?

As of Monday, Ottawa has a total of 30,316 COVID-19 cases. There are 348 known active cases, 29,397 cases are considered resolved and 598 people have died from the disease.

Public health officials have reported more than 55,700 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including nearly 53,900 cases now resolved.

Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 206 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 222.

Akwesasne has had more than 950 residents testing positive for COVID-19 and has reported 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections.

Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg had 34 cases and one death. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory had 20 cases, with one death and an active community epidemic. Pikwakanagan had no case.

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What are the rules?

Eastern Ontario:

Ontario is in Stage 3 of its plan to reopen and will stay there for the foreseeable future. Its vaccination passport system is in place at least until the spring.

General assembly limits are 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. These limits are even higher for organized events.

Indoor catering capacity is based on distancing. Gyms and museums can reach a capacity of 50% indoors.

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People aged 12 and older are required to show photo ID and a paper or PDF version of their vaccine receipt for many activities until an application is ready, likely in late October. There are some exceptions.

Ontario’s back-to-school rules allow extracurricular activities, and while masks are still required, vaccines are not. School boards can go beyond these rules.

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 are no longer any capacity limits for Quebec theaters with allocated seats.

A vaccination passport is in place for people 13 years of age and older in spaces such as public events, bars, restaurants and gyms.

Quebecers can use an application or present a paper proof; people from out of province will be required to show paper proof. Everyone will also need to show ID.

As in Ontario, there are medical exemptions.

Other groups also offer their own COVID-19 vaccination policies, including for staff.

School rules include classroom masks for students, but do not include class bubbles.

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. The 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 in case of illness – and getting help with costs if necessary – keeping hands and surfaces clean and maintaining good health. distance from anyone you don’t live with, even with a mask on.

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.

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

There are federal guidelines on what vaccinated people can do in different situations.

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Area health officials generally say small Halloween gatherings are allowed with precautions for unvaccinated and / or vulnerable people. Guidelines may be stricter in some areas where COVID-19 is spreading more than others, such as Akwesasne and Tyendinaga.

Health Canada recommends that seniors and people with underlying health conditions 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 in Quebec and Ontario.

To travel

All potential travelers must be fully immunized by October 30 to board a plane, train or ship in Canada.

People who are fully vaccinated, tested and pre-approved can come to Canada.

The US land border will remain closed to Canadians until at least October 21, and starting in early November, the United States will require all foreign nationals entering the country to be fully immunized.


Four COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and approved in Canada and now have brand names instead of manufacturer names.

The two most common are approved for young people as young as 12 years old. Pfizer and BioNTech have submitted preliminary test data for their COVID-19 injection for younger children to Health Canada.

The Canadian Vaccine Task Force says people can wait as little as three to four weeks and up to 16 weeks between the first and second dose.

This same working group claims that it is safe and effective to mix the first and second dose. Ontario and Quebec give third doses to certain groups.

More than 3.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau region – first, second and third doses combined – which has a population of approximately 2.3 million.

Eastern Ontario

Ontario vaccinates anyone 12 years of age or older in 2021. People can search for provincial appointments online or by phone at 1-833-943-3900.

Pharmacies continue to offer vaccines through their own reservation systems, as do some family physicians.

Local health units have flexibility in the larger framework, including when it comes to booking, so check their websites for details.

They are offering doses on short notice as campaigns shift from mass clinics to mobile clinics to fill gaps in immunization coverage.

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The details of the third move depend on the health unit.

The province has recommended that people aged 18 to 24 receive the Pfizer-BioNTech, or 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 online or by phone, 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 an exam 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. Rapid 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.

The 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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