What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday August 7

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Recent DEVELOPMENTS:

  • ByWard Market grocers say shoppers have been frustrated with the lack of street parking and traffic jams since the patios opened.
  • Shelters are working to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging clients to wear masks whenever possible.
  • Ottawa maintains its two-week average with 19 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Thursday.

What’s the latest?

After three members of three separate families staying at the Carling Family Shelter tested positive, the city said it was trying to encourage customers to wear masks and to distance themselves as much as possible as part of the congregation.

The city also created a kitchen schedule to reduce overcrowding, while the first-floor game room was closed.

Some ByWard Market grocers say the city’s strategy to help restaurants and bars survive the COVID-19 pandemic is also deterring customers from visiting their stores. Homeowners tell the CBC that street changes, including re-routing traffic and closing streets for patios, have resulted in a 25% drop in business.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reports 19 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the capital in its report on Thursday, just around the city’s two-week average.

The changes to the streets have created a constant line along the ByWard Market Square, says Isaac Farbiasz, co-owner of ByWard Fruit Market. (Michel Aspirot / Radio-Canada)

How many cases are there?

There have been 2,595 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the start of the pandemic. The number of deaths is 264.

The majority of cases in the city – 2,134 – are classified as resolved.

In all, public health officials have reported more than 4,000 cases in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 3,300 resolved cases.

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.

Experts analyzing blood tests this week said the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Ontario could be four times more than previously confirmed and in Québec, more than twice as much.

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.

Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 are now permitted in this province, but participants must adhere to physical distancing guidelines.

Québec has similar rules, with its cap on physically distant gatherings in public places of up to 250 people, allowing for smaller festivals.

More and more museums are opening to the public, with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum open to the public on Saturday.

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Most branches of the Ottawa Public Library will be open for in-person browsing and computer use on August 17.

Elementary students in Ontario will return to school full-time in September, when most high school students will split their time between the classroom and online learning, according to the board.

Back to school projects in Quebec will bring students back to classrooms this fall.

Distance and isolate

The new coronavirus is spread primarily by droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes on another person or object. 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.

City staff have declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at the city-run Carling Family Shelter involving three people from three separate families. (Georges-Etienne Nadon-Tessier / CBC)

The masks are now mandatory in indoor public places across eastern Ontario and Quebec, where transit agents and taxi drivers are now required to prohibit access to users over 12 years old who refuse to wear one.

Masks are also recommended outdoors when you cannot stay the correct distance from others.

Anyone who is showing symptoms or has recently traveled outside of Canada should self-isolate for at least 14 days.

Anyone waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test in Ontario should self-isolate at least until they know the result. Quebec is asking people who are waiting to isolate themselves in certain circumstances.

Residents of both provinces should self-isolate if they have 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 PHO recommends that people over the age of 70 stay home as much as possible.

Senior medical officials say people should be prepared for the possibility of COVID-19 restrictions lasting 2022 or 2023.

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. Children can 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 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.

A masked pedestrian climbs the stairs near the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on August 4, 2020 (Andrew Lee / CBC)

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 hosts the city test site. Find him at Gate 2.

Napanee‘s test center is open daily for people who call for an appointment.

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 test in five communities this week by appointment and at home in 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 recurrent clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.

They can call 1-877-644-4545 to make an appointment or if they have any further questions.

First Nations:

Local communities declared a state of emergency and put a curfew or both.

Akwesasne had 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Ten of them have been active since Monday, most related to a gathering on an island 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.

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