- Ottawa has 26 new cases on Friday, according to the provincial health minister. There are 134 new cases in Ontario.
- Ontario has published tougher rules for bars and restaurants that will require them to keep customer records for 30 days to facilitate contact tracing.
- The DriveTest centers will reopen from August 4.
- As demand for COVID-19 testing increases, Ottawa seeks to create more testing sites.
- Ontario will soon end the ban on residential evictions linked to the pandemic.
- Elementary students in Ontario will return to school full time in September. High school students will follow a blended learning.
What’s the latest?
Ottawa has 26 new cases of COVID-19, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott. This follows two days of increase in adolescents. The city has now seen double-digit daily increases for the past two weeks, after flattening the total number of cases.Ottawa is preparing to offer more tests before the next school year. The plan includes creating more COVID-19 assessment centers, hiring dedicated staff, and the ability to book appointments for testing in advance.
The Ottawa Public Health weekly report said a teenager had been admitted to the ICU with COVID-19. CHEO has confirmed the patient is in stable condition at the children’s hospital.
Ontario Ends Ban Imposed During Pandemic On Residential Evictions. As of Saturday, the Landlord and Tenant Board can begin issuing pending eviction orders.
Ontario is tightening rules for operating bars and restaurants during the pandemic. Business owners are encouraged to keep customer records for 30 days to facilitate contact tracing. Customers are required to remain seated at all times, whether indoors or outdoors, with a few exceptions.
The province says it is developing similar rules for tour boat operators.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has announced that DriveTest centers will reopen on August 4. As of Tuesday, road tests will resume for G2 licenses and all categories of motorcycle licenses. The ministry said road tests for business licenses are expanding to 42 additional sites.
People who pass their road tests should wear a mask in the test center and in the vehicle during the test. To keep volumes down, the ministry said people with birthdays between January and June will be able to book tests one week, and those born between July and December will be allowed to book the following week.
How many cases are there?
There have been 2,519 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the start of the pandemic. The death toll stands at 264, the first in more than a month being announced on Tuesday. The deceased was in his 40s.
The majority of cases in the city – 1,984 – are classified as resolved.
In all, public health officials have reported nearly 3,900 cases in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, and nearly 3,200 are resolved.
COVID-19 has killed 102 people in the region outside of Ottawa: 52 in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 17 in other parts of eastern Ontario and 33 in the Outaouais.
What is open and closed?
Ottawa is now in step 3 of the plan to reopen Ontario, which means many more businesses are allowed to reopen, including restaurants and cinemas.
Quebec has similar rules, with its remote assembly ceiling of up to 250 people in public places next week.
Other national museums will be open to the public next month, starting with the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on Saturday.
Ontario elementary students will return to school full-time in September, while most high school students will split their time between classroom and online learning.
Back to school projects in Quebec will bring students back to classrooms this fall.
Distance and isolate
The coronavirus is mainly spread by droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People don’t have to have symptoms to be contagious.
That means physical distancing measures like working from home, meeting other people outdoors as much as possible, and staying away from anyone she doesn’t live with or is around her, including when wearing a mask.
Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are now permitted in Ontario. People should always keep their distance from people outside of their circle.
The masks are now mandatory in indoor public places across eastern Ontario and Quebec, where public transport officials and taxi drivers are now required to deny access to users over 12 who refuse to wear a mask.
Masks are recommended outdoors when you cannot stay the correct distance from others.
Ottawa Medical Officer of Health said in mid-July people should be prepared for social restrictions related to COVID-19 well in 2021 or 2022.
Anyone who is showing symptoms or has recently traveled outside of Canada should self-isolate for at least 14 days.
Specifically in Ottawa, anyone waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test should self-isolate at least until they know the result.
The same goes for anyone in Ontario who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive or is suspected of having COVID-19.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly recommends self-isolation for people with weakened immune systems and Ottawa Public Health (OPH) recommends that people over 70 stay home as much as possible.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19[feminine[feminine can range from a cold-like illness severe lung infection, with common symptoms such as fever, dry cough, vomiting, and loss of taste or smell.
Less common symptoms include chills, headaches, and pink eyes. The Ontario government says in rare cases, children may develop a rash.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
Where to get tested
In Eastern Ontario:
In Ottawa any resident who feels they need an examination, even if they have no symptoms, can now be tested on one of the three sites.
Inuit of Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for services, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.
Testing has also grown for local residents and employees who work in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area.
There is a drive-thru center Casselman which can handle 200 tests per day and assessment centers Hawkesbury and Winchester that don’t force people to call ahead.
Others in Alexandria, Rockland and Cornwall require an appointment.
In Kingston, the center of Leon now hosts the city test site. Find him at Gate 2.
NapaneeThe testing center is open daily for people who call for an appointment.
The public health office of Belleville the area is ask people to call him, their family doctor or Telehealth if they have any symptoms or questions.
You can organize a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the center and Picton by sending SMS or calling.
the Leeds, Grenville et Lanark The unit asks you to get tested if you have any symptoms or concerns about exposure.
It has a walk-in site in Brockville at the Memorial Center and at the test sites Smiths Falls and Almonte that require an appointment.
Renfrew County offers instant testing in five communities this week and home testing under certain circumstances.
Residents should call their family doctor and those who do not have access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 to register for a test or if they have any health-related questions. COVID-19 or not.
In western Quebec:
Outaouais residents can now take a walk-in test Gatineau five days a week at 135 boul. Saint-Raymond and in recurrent clinics in communities such as Maniwaki, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.
They can call 1-877-644-4545 if they have any further questions or to make an appointment.
Local communities declared a state of emergency and put a curfew or both.
Akwesasne had 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Ten of them are active on Monday, with most linked to an island rally with a non-resident who was not showing symptoms at the time.
He has a COVID-19 mobile test site available only by appointment. Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border and more than 80 kilometers away is asked to self-isolate for 14 days. It is 100 miles or 160 kilometers on the American side.
Anyone in Tyendinaga who is interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to speak to a nurse. Face masks are now mandatory in its public buildings.
People in Pikwakanagan can make an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259.
Kitigan Zibi plans an election on August 29 with changes depending on the state of the pandemic at that time. He plans to start opening schools and daycares next month.