What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Wednesday April 8



Here’s what’s going on today

Today we await details of another virtual city council meeting on how Ottawa intends to prepare for possible spring floods and balance its books while losing $ 1 million every day when COVID closes. -19.

The daughter of a resident of Almonte Country Haven calls for more transparency about her COVID-19 epidemic.

A few days after health officials changed their guidelines for cloth masks, an army of volunteers gathered in Ottawa to make skull caps, headbands and non-medical masks.

How many cases do we have?

There are 403 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa and almost 775 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

The deaths of six people in Ottawa and six others in the wider region are linked to COVID-19.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reports that 101 people have been recovered. Most local health units do not share this number.

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

Distance and isolation

Physical distance means avoiding unnecessary travel, working from home, canceling all gatherings and staying at least two meters from anyone you don’t live with.

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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.

How everyday life changes

Quebec has non-essential travel prohibited in and across western Quebec.

Parks are only open for walking and authorities monitor rallies in many communities. Ottawa has canceled event permits until July.

Ontario and Quebec Schools are closed until May and nonessential businesses should be closed.

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Transit authorities have cut service. Essential services such as waste collection and emergency response 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.

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 affected has COVID-19 in Ontario can fill her online assessment tool.

Ottawans who have a new or worsening cough or fever and who 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 a Bells Corners clinic 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Flowerbeds near Dow Lake in Ottawa, site of the annual Canadian Tulip Festival, April 7, 2020. The festival is not installing anything on its sites this year and asking people to take care of other people’s personal space. ‘they walk around to see the flowers. (Francis Ferland / 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.

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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.

An assessment center is now open at Rockland Monday to Saturday with a reference from 1-800-267-7120.

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.

A pedestrian wearing masks crosses Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa in April 2020. (Jonathan Dupaul / CBC)

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.

Be ready for Wait Times for Telehealth.

A park in Gatineau, Quebec, largely closed by the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. (Matthew Kupfer / CBC)

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.

All businesses are closed in Pikwakanagan First Nation after the declaration of a state of emergency. (Submitted by Wendy Jocko)

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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