What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday July 4



  • A mandatory mask policy in Ottawa could take effect on Monday.
  • Somerset Street W. between Bank Street and O’Connor will now close on weekends.
  • Ottawa reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, but no new deaths.
  • Renfrew County has registered its first new case of COVID-19 since the beginning of June.

What’s the last one?

More and more streets in Ottawa are closing to give patios and pedestrians more space to practice physical distance.

Mayor Jim Watson announced on Friday that Somerset Street West between Bank Street and O’Connor will close weekends for vehicles.

This is in addition to some ByWard Market routes that are close to car traffic today.

Health officials in Kingston reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Health officials in the region say they are seeing more cases due to the spread of the disease in a third city nail salon.

Renfew County is warning residents that they may have been exposed to the virus after another positive case.

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit issued a notice Thursday that the person visited Walmart in Pembroke, Ontario between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 22 and Shopper’s Drug Mart in Petawawa, Ontario , between 2.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. on June 24.

Anyone who has visited either place during these periods is encouraged to monitor themselves for symptoms.

The City of Ottawa plans to begin reopening the pools starting July 6. (Emily Matthews / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

How many cases are there?

There were 2,104 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa and 263 deaths. The vast majority of cases in the city, 1,798, are classified as resolved.

Health units are reporting more than 3,300 known cases in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, and more than 2,800 people in the region have recovered from COVID-19.

Kingston now has 36 new active cases of COVID-19. Most are linked to three nail salons: Binh’s Nails and Spa, where the recent epidemic started, Kingdom Nails and Georgia Nail Salon. The Amherstview Golf Club has also seen new cases.

Customers of the four companies must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.

COVID-19 killed 102 people outside of Ottawa: 52 in the counties of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, 17 in other parts of eastern Ontario and 33 in Outaouais.

What is open and closed?

Eastern Ontario is “Stage 2” the province’s recovery plan, allowing for more activities and “Circles” of 10 people maximum, without distance.

Some streets in Ottawa’s Byward Market are turning into patio spaces starting today, including parts of Clarence Street, William Street and a section on the north side of York Street.

Ottawa pools begin opening next week.

The City of Ottawa has started to warn people that tickets will be issued next week for extended stays in on-street parking spaces with posted time limits.

The National Gallery of Canada reopens Thursday to Sunday from July 18.

A woman wears a face mask when she looks at an open shopping center in Montreal on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Non-medical masks may become mandatory in Ottawa in indoor public places from Monday, July 6. (Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press)

Quebec now allows indoor and remote gatherings up to 50 people, including in places of worship and indoor sports venuesand relaxed the rules daycare.

The province also allowed bars, spas, water parks and casinos to reopen.

Back to school plans for Quebec bring older students back to classrooms. Ontario has put three options for the next school year on the table, while post-secondary schools are moving towards more online courses in September.

Distance and isolation

The coronavirus is mainly spread by droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People do not need to have symptoms to be contagious.

That means physical distancing measures like working from home and in Ontario, staying at least two meters from anyone they do not live with or around.

The City of Ottawa could make cloth masks mandatory in indoor public places starting Monday. Residents are encouraged to wear them now in places where they cannot practice physical distance.

Keith Egli, President of the Ottawa Board of Health, said the city will announce a plan on Monday to make masks mandatory in indoor commercial settings. 0:40

Anyone who has symptoms or has recently traveled outside of Canada must be isolated for at least 14 days.

Specifically in Ottawa, anyone waiting for a COVID-19 test result should isolate themselves at least until they know the result.

The same is true for anyone in Ontario who has been in contact with a person tested positive or suspected of having COVID-19.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario strongly recommends self-isolation for people with compromised immune systems, and Ottawa Public Health recommends that people over the age of 70 stay at home as much as possible.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19[feminine[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.

Chris Wagg, City of Ottawa Recreation Supervisor, says the pools around the city will begin to open on July 6 with measures in place to allow physical distance between swimmers. 1:02

Where to get tested

In eastern Ontario:

In Ottawa any resident who feels they need a test, even if they have no symptoms, can now be tested on one of the three sites.

Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for services, including tests, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.

Tests have 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 ahead.

Others in Rockland and Cornwall require an appointment.

COVID-19 evaluation center to open Alexandria next week, Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only.

In Kingston, the Center of Léon is now open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, replacing the location of the Kingston Memorial Center. Find him at door 2.

NapaneeThe test center is open every day for people who call for an appointment.

the Leeds, Grenville et Lanark The unit will ask you to have a test if you have a symptom or concern 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 Belleville east area ask people to call it, their family doctor or Telehealth if they have symptoms or questions.

You can organize a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the center, or Picton by texting or calling 613-813-6864.

There is a pop-up clinic in Madoc Friday. You can also qualify for a home test.

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

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

In western Quebec:

Outaouais residents should call 1-877-644-4545 if they have symptoms for help.

First Nations:

Local communities declared state of emergency, imposed curfew or both.

Akwesasne a opened a COVID-19 mobile test site available by appointment only. Anyone who returns to Akwesasne more than 80 kilometers away is invited to isolate themselves for 14 days.

Anybody Tyendinaga those interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to speak to a nurse. The community reopening plan in progress.

There is a pop-up test clinic at Pikwakanagan‘s Makwa Center Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for those who pre-registered before Tuesday evening.

Kitigan Zibi plans an election on August 29 with changes depending on the state of the pandemic at that time.

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