What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Wednesday, September 2

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What’s the latest?

What happens if COVID-19 shows up at school?

In Ottawa, it depends on what happened with that person before and after a positive test.

Students from western Quebec will have to isolate, if not more, if there is a positive case in their cohort.

Parents are once again trying to figure out plans for their children after Ottawa’s largest public council pushed back the start date for elementary and out-of-school learners.

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Malaka Hendela, co-chair of the Ottawa-Carleton School Council Assembly, says sending children back to school later will affect families who already struggle to balance work and child care. 0:41

What is the latest news on schools?

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board announces in-person school to start no earlier than Tuesday for high school students and September 14 at the earliest for primary school students. Distance learners will not start the course until September 18th.

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The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) also delayed the return to school, the astonishing between tomorrow and September 15 depending on the rank. Its start date for e-learning remains unchanged.

the Center-East Catholic School Board delays the start of the school year for some high school students and those who will learn at a distance until Tuesday. Other students are coming back tomorrow.

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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 now for students to switch between classroom learning and online learning due to of high demand.

The board implemented a three-day staggered start from September 11.

The five school service centers and school boards in western Quebec have started bringing back students.

How many cases are there?

There have been 2,975 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the start of the pandemic: 219 known active cases, 2,489 cases considered resolved and a total of 267 deaths related to the disease.

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

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

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.

Customers in a remote seating area outside Matron Fine Beer in Bloomfield, Ontario, Prince Edward County during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Andrew Foote / CBC)

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

The Canadian Museum of Nature reopens with pandemic changes from Saturday.

The route of the National Capital Commission changes to favor active transportation over vehicles must end on Monday, although they have been extended before.

Jacques-Cartier Street in Gatineau reopens to vehicles on Tuesday. PR Transpo’s public transit service to Prescott-Russell resumes on September 14.

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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 they don’t live with or are around, 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 years old who refuse to wear one.

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

A University of Ottawa student crosses campus on September 1, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Andrew Lee / CBC)

Anyone who has recently traveled outside of Canada must self-isolate for at least 14 days. In Ontario, it’s the same period of isolation for anyone with symptoms.

Most people with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days if they have not had a fever for at least 48 hours and have had no other symptoms for at least 24 hours.

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[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.

People wait for a bus in downtown Ottawa on September 1, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. (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.

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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.

He tests in five communities this week on appointment.

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:

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 that is more than 160 kilometers away – or who has visited 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. He lifted his state of emergency at the end of August.

Kitigan Zibi plans to start opening schools and daycares next month.

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