What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Monday August 31

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Recent DEVELOPMENTS:

  • Health officials in Ottawa reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.
  • Ontario has reported 112 new cases of the disease, bringing the province’s total to 42,195.
  • Advocates are calling for a commercial rent relief subsidy to expand and revamp.
  • The City of Ottawa is putting the brakes on a major traffic study because the current pandemic has turned normal travel patterns around.
  • Five employees of a Gatineau restaurant have tested positive for COVID-19.

What’s the latest?

Ottawa Public Health reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon.

The city also withstood a one-week trend and saw its number of active COVID-19 cases drop to 200.

There are currently 11 people in the hospital, two of whom are in intensive care.

Across Ontario, 112 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Sunday, with the majority concentrated in the Toronto, Peel and Ottawa areas.

Five employees of Shaker Cuisine et Mixologie in Gatineau, Que., Contracted the disease, but the company says none of the employees came into contact with customers.

Canada’s Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program ends today, but advocates want the program extended and revamped so that it is not on landlords to apply to help their tenants, but that money goes directly to small businesses.

The City of Ottawa’s planned traffic study, which helps planners decide where to build new roads, tracks and transit, is on hold for at least another year as thousands of residents continue to work at home.

OC Transpo ridership plummeted during the pandemic as many residents continue to work from home. (Francis Ferland / CBC)

What is the latest news on schools?

There was a mixture of emotions in the English schools in western Quebec when the students returned on Friday.

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Center-Est delays the start of the school year for some high school students and those who will be learning at a distance until September 8.

The change does not apply to the board’s high schools in Brockville, Ont., Kingston, Ont., Kemptville, Ont. And Pembroke, Ont., Which will start again on Thursday.

Students returning to kindergarten to grade 8 will also begin the school year on Thursday.

Some of the area’s students are returning to school this week, while others are returning at different times over the next two weeks. (Francis Ferland / CBC)

In a letter to parents, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) said that once the school year has started, it “may not be possible” for students to transition from classroom learning to learning. online.

The board said it previously planned to allow this to happen at set intervals, but after “the unforeseen interest in distance learning,” it’s now rethinking.

About 20% of the UCDSB student population have chosen distance learning. The board implemented a three-day staggered start, with some students returning to class on September 11, while others returning on September 14 and 15.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has delayed the start of classes until September 8.

Administrators also rejected a proposal to require masks for younger students, voting instead to encourage their use among children in Kindergarten to Grade 3. Students in grades 4 to 12 must wear masks indoors, including hallways and classrooms.

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Teachers on the board say they are still awaiting information on what classes they are scheduled to teach next month and what the expectations are for how classes will play out amid the pandemic.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) has also delayed the return to school. Kindergarten to Grade 3 students, as well as Grade 7, will now begin on September 8. Children in grades 4-6, as well as grade 8, will start on September 9th. High school students will be separated into two distinct cohorts, with group A starting September 14 and group B on September 15.

The OCSB e-learning start date remains unchanged.

How many cases are there?

There have been 2,946 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the start of the pandemic, with 200 current active cases and 2,480 other cases considered resolved. There have been a total of 266 illness-related deaths in the city.

Overall, public health officials have reported more than 4,500 cases in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 3,800 resolved.

COVID-19 has killed 102 people in the area outside of Ottawa.

As of August 28, 52 people have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties. In addition, 17 people died in other regions of eastern Ontario and 33 in the Outaouais.

What is open and closed

Ottawa is in step 3 of the plan to reopen Ontario, which means more businesses are open, 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 follow physical distancing guidelines.

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

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.

The masks are now compulsory 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 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.

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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.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a 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 testing, even if they are not showing symptoms, can be tested at one of 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.

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.

BC doctor wears personal protective equipment at COVID-19 primary care center. (Rafferty Baker / CBC)

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.

Residents of Renfrew County should call their family doctor and those without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 to register for a test or if they have any questions. health, 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.

In mid-August there was longer wait times for test results here compared to certain other regions of Quebec.

First Nations:

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

Akwesasne to me 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Most are linked 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 which is over 160 kilometers away – or in Montreal – for non-essential reasons is invited to self-isolate for 14 days.

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 to start opening schools and daycares next month.

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