What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Tuesday April 7



  • Ottawa has 370 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and Gatineau, 92.
  • The City of Ottawa is extending the closure of non-essential services, including parks, until June 30.
  • More than 4,000 part-time and seasonal employees of the City of Ottawa are now on leave without pay.
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Here’s what’s going on today

Monday evening, 3M announced he had signed an agreement with the United States to continue shipping essential respirators to Canada. Ontario has less than a week of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.

There are now seven institutional COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa – which now includes two hospitals: the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital and the Montfort Hospital.

Ottawa announced Monday that it will close its non-essential services until June 30. The Ottawa Jazz Festival is canceled and The Tulip Festival is moving all of its programming online and on social media (the flowers will still bloom).

WATCH: Cancellation of the Ottawa Jazz Festival is “devastating”, says executive producer

Catherine O’Grady, executive producer of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, says canceling the event will have an impact on the city’s economy. 1:12

The federal government’s income assistance program for those who have lost work due to the shutdowns of COVID-19 is now online. Today, people born in April, May and June can apply.

How many cases do we have?

There are 370 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa and more than 690 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

The deaths of six people in Ottawa – three men and three women – and five others in the wider region are linked to COVID-19.

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

Distance and isolation

Health officials in Canada now say Non-medical masks, such as home-sewn cloth masks, can provide additional protection when used in tandem with physical distance in places like grocery stores or pharmacies.

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

Anyone who is sick or has recently traveled must be isolated for at least 14 days.

Close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, is presumed to have COVID-19, or who traveled recently and then fell ill, must also self-isolate for 14 days.

The government also recommends that people over 70 or people with compromised immune systems isolate themselves freely.

WATCH: Dr. Tam says wearing a non-medical mask can help fight COVID-19

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, met with journalists on Parliament Hill on Monday 2:21

How everyday life changes

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

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

A young man wears a mask in downtown Ottawa on April 6, 2020. Federal health officials are now recommending wearing non-medical masks in places like grocery stores. (Andrew Lee / CBC)

Ottawa has closed all parks and non-essential services until at least June 30.

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 and police services 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.

WATCH: “Festivals are the soul of our city”

Carole Anne Piccinin, Executive Director of the Ottawa Festival Network, says the cancellation of many Ottawa festivals means a loss of “culture and economic dynamism”. 0:47

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

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.

People with mild or moderate symptoms can also visit the new Bells Corners clinic 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Ontario Capacity Chart for Ontario (CBC)

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.

It has screening sites on the recommendation of a family doctor or the health service Brockville, Almonte and Smiths Falls and a new home test service for people in 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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