What’s going on this weekend?
This is the first weekend of a very different Canadian tulip festival – even though the flowers are starting to bloom outside, organizers and the NCC are asking people to stay away.
Part of Ottawa’s Queen Elizabeth Driveway is now closed to vehicles until May 24. The National Capital Commission (NCC) has announced that it will provide more pedestrian and cyclist access to its weekend walks, promising details soon.
How many cases are there?
There are now 1,603 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa and 148 deaths related to respiratory disease. There are more than 2,490 known cases in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
We know about 1,420 people in the area who have recovered from COVID-19.
The deaths of 43 people in the counties of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, and 18 others in the wider region, are also linked to the coronavirus.
Confirmed cases are only a snapshot because not everyone can be tested and the results take time to process, although test criteria are slowly expanding.
What is open and closed?
Quebec plans to allow manufacturing companies restart next Monday and Ontario has expanded what is considered an essential building.
Garden centers and nurseries in Ontario can now accommodate indoor customers under certain rules.
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Ontario hardware stores can bring customers Saturday and other retailers for curbside collection from Monday, as long as they have a street entrance and abide by other rules.
Quebec has non-essential travel prohibited in and across the Outaouais until Monday, when the ban should be lifted everywhere except Gatineau.
NCC plans to reopen Gatineau Park for people within walking or cycling distance from Saturday. He reflected Ottawa by allowing residents to throw a ball or sit on a blanket in his park with the people they live with.
Provincial and national parks remain closed.
Ottawa has event permit canceled and many facilities closed until July. Quebec has asked the organizers to cancel the events until September.
As for schools: Ontario will remain closed until May, but Quebec plans open primary schools and local daycares on Monday for parents who want to send their children.
Secondary schools, CEGEPs and universities in Quebec will remain closed to face-to-face classes until the fall.
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Distance and isolation
The coronavirus is mainly spread by droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, although people can be asymptomatic and always contagious.
That means physical distancing measures stay in force: people should avoid unnecessary travel, working from home, cancel meetings and stay at least two meters from anyone they don’t live with.
Anyone with symptoms, who has recently traveled outside of Canada or, specifically, Ottawa, is awaiting a COVID-19 test result should be isolated for at least 14 days.
The same is true for anyone in Ontario who has been in contact with a person tested positive or suspected of having COVID-19.
People aged 70 and over or with compromised immune systems or with underlying health conditions should also isolate themselves.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19[female[femininecan range from a cold-like illness severe lung infection, with common symptoms, including fever, fatigue, and a dry cough.
Other potential symptoms include sore throat, runny nose, and loss of taste or smell.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
Where to get tested
Anyone affected has COVID-19 in Ontario can call Telehealth at 1-866-797-000 or fill out the online assessment tool.
In Ottawa people that meet the criteria can be tested at the Brewer Arena from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., seven days a week.
Those with mild or moderate symptoms may visit clinics at Bells Corners or Alta Vista weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The public health unit of Beautiful city ask people to call 613-966-5500 or one of the its test centers in Belleville, Trenton or Bancroft if they have symptoms. You can also qualify for a home test.
For local residents and working employees in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area, there is a driving test center Casselman and assessment centers Hawkesbury and Winchester that don’t require people to call in advance, and others Rockland, and Cornwall that require an appointment.
In Kingston, the assessment center at the Kingston Memorial Center is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for anyone with symptoms.
the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark the unit will ask you to call them if you have symptoms at 1-800-660-5853, ext. 2499.
It has test sites open in Almonte and Smiths Falls that require a referral, as well as a walk-in site Brockville at the Memorial Center and a home test service for people in care or with reduced mobility.
Renfrew County also provides home testing in certain circumstances. Residents without a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 if they have health questions.
In western Quebec:
Outaouais residents must call 819-644-4545 if they have a cough or fever. They may end up being referred to the Gatineau examination center.
First Nations communities
Local communities declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew or both.
Akwesasne at opened a COVID-19 mobile test site available by appointment only. Anyone who returns to Akwesasne more than 80 kilometers away is asked to isolate themselves for 14 days.
Anybody Tyendinaga who has symptoms can call 613-967-3603 to speak to a nurse.
Pikwakanagannew board ordered all businesses to close and canceled his August Pow Wow.
Kitigan Zibi postponed its June elections and keeps schools closed during the summer.