What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday, April 5



Here’s what’s going on this weekend

Need cannabis or equipment? You will need to order them online now, as the province has ordered these stores closed – part of its growing effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The decision to reduce the number of businesses in Ontario deemed essential came on Friday after public health officials shared harsh projections suggesting that between 3,000 and 15,000 people could die during the pandemic.

The closing time was midnight.

The Ottawa Hospital, meanwhile, is facing an outbreak of COVID-19 on its Civic campus. A patient is sick and isolated, according to hospital officials.

If you are an essential worker and need child care, registration is underway this weekend for free child care in Ottawa and Kingston, Ontario, for children 18 months to five years of age.

Ottawa municipal by-law officials say that after issuing dozens of warnings, they will begin to fine people who break COVID-19 rules.

Other communities like Kingston, Ontario. and Gatineau are in a similar boat.

How many cases do we have?

As of Saturday evening, there were 322 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa and more than 560 in the region. The virus killed four people in Ottawa.

Confirmed cases are just a snapshot due to testing limitations. There are probably thousands more.

Distance and isolation

Physical distance means avoiding unnecessary trips, working from home, canceling all gatherings and staying at least two meters from others on a walk.

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Travelers returning to Canada must now isolate for 14 days: stay at home and ask others to leave supplies at the door.

Anyone over the age of 70 or with a weakened immune system, or who has been in close contact with someone who tests positive or has symptoms after a recent trip should also be isolated for 14 days.

People who feel sick should isolate themselves for 14 days or until their symptoms go away for 24 hours, whichever is longer.

How everyday life changes

Quebec has banned non-essential travel in and through western Quebec, which the police apply with mobile checkpoints.

Ottawa is expected to release more details this week on how declining revenue from physical remoteness will affect the city’s bottom line.

Parks are only open for walking and authorities monitor rallies in many communities.

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Ontario and Quebec Schools are closed until May and all non-essential businesses should be closed.

Transit authorities are discount service. Essential services such as waste collection continue.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

They range from a cold-like illness to a serious lung infection. The most common symptoms are fever, fatigue and a dry cough.

Seniors, those with weakened immune systems, and those with underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes are more likely to develop serious problems.

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The coronavirus is mainly spread through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Ottawa Public Health says unless you need an N-95 mask for your work, only people with respiratory illnesses and those caring for sick people should wear them.

Homemade masks can do little to stop the spread of the virus – in addition to preventing people from touching their faces and choking coughs or sneezing. Kingston General Hospital banned staff to wear them.

Germs can also spread through close and prolonged contact, such as the handshake, and through surfaces such as doorknobs, phones, and light switches.

Most people with mild symptoms can isolate themselves and get better. If you have severe symptoms, call 911.

Where to get tested

Anyone concerned about COVID-19 in Ontario can complete their online assessment tool.

Ottawans who have a new or worsening cough or fever and have left the country – or who have spent time with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days – should go at the COVID-19 testing center at the Brewer Arena.

The center is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 151 Brewer Way. You don’t need to call in advance.

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From Monday an old school at Bells Corners will become a care center for people with moderate symptoms from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The assessment center of the Kingston The Memorial Center at 303 York Street is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for anyone with symptoms.

The public health unit of Beautiful city ask people to call 613-966-5500 only if they still have questions after the province’s self-assessment.

Same for Leeds, Grenville and Lanark‘Unit at 1-800-660-5853 ext. 2499.

Ottawa Public Health officials say flattening the curve is the best way to ensure the region has enough hospital beds for everyone who needs them during the pandemic. (Francis Ferland / CBC)

It has testing sites on the recommendation of a family doctor or health service only in Brockville, Almonte and Smiths Falls, and a new home testing service for those receiving care or with reduced mobility. Call the health unit to request one.

There is a driving test center Casselman, Ont. open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 872 rue Principale for people with worsening symptoms, such as the test site at 750 rue Laurier in Hawkesbury, Ont., open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. No need to call in advance.

There are others by appointment only Winchester, Ont., by calling your family doctor or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000, and Cornwall, Ont. Call 613-935-7762 if your symptoms get worse.

Only people over the age of 70 in this area or with chronic health conditions or a weakened immune system can call 613-933-1375 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ask questions about a home visit by paramedics.

Renfrew County provides home testing in certain circumstances.

Call Telehealth, your health care provider, or 613-735-8654 if you still have questions.

Anyone who cannot or cannot reach a family doctor can call their new primary health care center at 1-844-727-6404 if they have health questions.

In western Quebec:

Outaouais residents should call 819-644-4545 if they have a cough or fever, whether or not they have traveled. You may be referred to the Gatineau examination center.

If your symptoms require a trip to the emergency room, call ahead if you can to let them know your trip history.

First Nations communities

Akwesasne, the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (MBQ) and Pikwakanagan have declared a state of emergency.

With a confirmed case in the American part of Akwesasne, anyone returning over 80 kilometers is requested to isolate themselves for 14 days.

Anyone at the MBQ with symptoms can call 613-967-3603 to speak to a nurse

The new Pikwakanagan board has ordered the closure of all businesses.

Kitigan Zibi has reduced non-essential services.

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