What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday May 28



  • A dental clinic says it’s struggling to reopen under costly COVID-19 guidelines and a lack of personal protective equipment.
  • Montebello Rockfest goes virtual this summer.
  • The city expects air conditioning to work soon at the Brewer Arena Assessment Center.

What’s going on today?

The new rules released by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario will require major changes in many dental offices.

As part of the guidelines, clinics will need to close treatment rooms after drilling, descaling or polishing, as these procedures send particles into the air and could potentially spread COVID-19. Eastern Ontario clinic says the new rules will be difficult and costly to follow.

City officials say they are working on installing a rented air conditioning unit at the COVID-19 Brewer Arena following complaints the building is uncomfortably hot during the current heat wave.

The organizers of Montebello Rockfest are putting the music festival online this year. The virtual edition will stream thousands of hours of unreleased concerts from performances.

A heat wave in Ottawa this week prompted Environment Canada to issue a heat warning to the city. (Francis Ferland / CBC)

How many cases are there?

There were 1,922 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa and 238 deaths related to respiratory disease. There are more than 3,000 known cases in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

More than 2,200 people in the region have recovered from COVID-19.

The death of 49 people in the counties of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark and 32 others in the wider region is also linked to the coronavirus.

Confirmed cases are just a snapshot because not everyone can be tested and the results take time to be processed, although the test criteria are broadened.

What is open and closed?

Ontario is in “the first step” of its three-stage reopening plan. Once ready, his next step is expected to bring back more offices, outdoor space and gatherings.

Quebec Libraries, drive-ins and museums may reopen on Friday, with shopping centers and services such as dental offices and hair salons ready to reopen monday.

Gatineau Park and provincial parks are now open with limits like the National Capital Commission and Ottawa-Gatineau municipal parks.

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This Sunday, reopening of the Lansdowne Park farmer’s market for pre-order and pick-up at a set time.

National park reopenings on Monday include boat launches and trails in Thousand Islands National Park and along the Rideau Canal, with emergency lock stations.

Ottawa has canceled event permits until the end of August. Quebec has asked the organizers to cancel the events until September.

Ontario schools are closed during the summer. Post-secondary schools are moving towards more online courses this fall with the promising province an autumn plan for the youngest students in July.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives on Parliament Hill during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

Elementary schools in Quebec outside Montreal are open. Its secondary schools, CEGEPs and universities are closed to in-person courses until fall.

Distance and isolation

The coronavirus is mainly spread through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People don’t have to have symptoms to be contagious.

That means physical distancing measures such as avoiding non-essential travel, working from home, not gathering and staying at least two meters from those with whom they do not live.

Ottawa Public Health recommends people wear a non-medical cloth or mask when they can’t always stay two meters away from strangers, like in a grocery store.

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Anyone with symptoms, who has recently traveled outside of Canada or, specifically, Ottawa, is awaiting a COVID-19 test result must isolate themselves 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.

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, dry cough, vomiting, and loss of taste or smell.

Less common symptoms include chills, headache and pink eyes. The Ontario government says in rare cases: children can develop a rash.

If you have severe symptoms, call 911.

Where to get tested

In Ottawa any resident who feels they need a test, even if they have no symptoms, can now be tested.

Tests are done at the Brewer Arena from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., seven days a week, or at 595 Moodie Dr. and 1485 Heron Rd. These same hours on weekdays.

Tests also increased 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.

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In Kingston, the assessment center at the Kingston Memorial Center is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for anyone with symptoms.

NapaneeThe test center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for people calling for an appointment.

the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark The unit will ask you to have a test if you have any symptoms or concerns about the exposure.

He has a walk-in site Brockville open seven days a week at Memorial Center and test sites Smiths Falls and Almonte that require an appointment.

The public health unit of Beautiful city ask people to call 613-966-5500, their family doctor or Telehealth if they have symptoms or questions.

If you have no symptoms, you can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the center, or Picton by texting 613-813-6864. You can also call the Picton number for backup.

You can also qualify for a home test.

Renfrew County also provides home testing in certain circumstances. Residents who do not have access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 if they have health concerns related to COVID-19 or not.

If you are concerned about the coronavirus, take the self-assessment.

In western Quebec:

Outaouais residents must call 819-644-4545 if they have symptoms. They may end up being referred to the Gatineau examination center.

Residents lined up outside Brewer’s assessment center on Wednesday morning for a COVID-19 test. (Francis Ferland / CBC)

First Nations

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 returning 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.

PikwakanaganThe board plans let businesses reopen Friday and Kitigan Zibi keeps schools closed during the summer.

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