What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, October 16

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Recent DEVELOPMENTS:

What’s the latest?

Hundreds of children in Ottawa’s largest school board are still waiting for their first day of school – almost a month after classes have started for thousands of their peers.

Long-term care homes in Ontario faced a serious staff shortage as the second wave of the pandemic approached last month, an independent commission has learned.

Some people asking for the Canada Recovery Benefit, which replaces the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, say the process has been deeply frustrating and they don’t know if or when they will receive the money.

How many cases are there?

According to Thursday’s update from Ottawa Public Health (OPH), 5,800 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19: 777 known active cases, 4,725 resolved and 298 deaths.

Public health officials have reported more than 8,700 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, of which more than 7,100 have been resolved.

COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the area outside of Ottawa, none since early September.

What can I do?

Ontario and Quebec tell people to limit close contact only to those they live with or to another house if people live alone.

In Ontario, occasionally seeing a small number of people outdoors more than two meters away is less risky.

Locally, it’s different because the coronavirus is spreading more widely than elsewhere: Ottawa is asking residents not to leave their homes unless it is essential.

Residents of western Quebec should also stop seeing anyone they don’t live with, with a few exceptions.

A cyclist rides along a trail to cover the Rideau Canal in Ottawa with fog on October 14. Exercising is considered an essential activity by SPO. (Justin Tang / Canadian Press)

Gatineau and parts of the Outaouais are now on red alert, which means restaurants and bars cannot serve people indoors, organized sports are on hold, and theaters must close.

Quebecers are also invited not to travel to Ontario or between regions at different levels of its scale, except for essential reasons.

Even in areas on red alert, Prime Minister Francois Legault said children can cheat or treat as long as they don’t go with friends and care is taken when handing out sweets.

4-year-old Hailey Schijns lies down to look at a dam on the edge of Meech Lake amid the fall colors in Chelsea, Que., October 11, 2020. Area police say go to the park if you don’t t live nearby is not an essential trip and should not be taken. (Justin Tang / Canadian Press)

The Ottawa Medical Officer of Health said its health system is on the verge of collapse, with hospitalizations doubling in less than three weeks and delays in obtaining test results.

Residents of the capital are told not to have a Halloween party with other households or not to cheat.

Ottawa has been brought back to a modified Stage 2, shutting down food services, gyms, theaters and more.

Sports using City of Ottawa facilities are restricted to practice and teams must limit the number of players and coaches, forcing some leagues to suspend their seasons.

What about schools?

There have been approximately 170 schools in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau area with a confirmed case of COVID-19:

Few have had outbreaks, which are reported by an Ontario health unit when there is a reasonable chance that a person who tested positive has contracted COVID-19 during a school activity.

Distance and isolate

The new coronavirus is mainly spread by droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes, or talks to someone or something.

People can be contagious without symptoms.

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This means that people should take precautions such as staying home when sick, keeping hands and frequently touched surfaces clean, socializing outdoors as much as possible, and staying away from anyone they don’t live with. not, even with a mask.

The masks are compulsory in indoor public places in ontario and Quebec and are recommended outdoors when people cannot stay the correct distance from others.

A man walking through the doors of the LRT parliamentary station in Ottawa on October 14, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Andrew Lee / CBC)

Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate, as should anyone invited by a public health unit. If the Ottawans do not, they face a fine of up to $ 5,000 per day in court. Kingston, Ontario has slightly different rules.

Some people waiting for test results in Quebec do not have to stay at home. Most people with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days under certain conditions.

Health Canada recommends that seniors and those with underlying health conditions and / or a weakened immune system stay at home as much as possible. Anyone who has recently traveled outside of Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19[feminine[femininecan range from a cold-like illness severe lung infection, with common symptoms such as fever, 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.

Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic, and resources are available to help you.

Where to get tested

In Eastern Ontario:

Ontario recommends getting tested only if you have symptoms or if your health unit or the province has told you.

Anyone looking for a test should now make an appointment. Different sites in the area have different ways to book, including over the phone or in person to secure a time slot.

People without symptoms, but who are part of the province’s targeted screening strategy, can make an appointment in some pharmacies in Belleville, Kingston and Ottawa.

The most of Ottawa tests take place on four permanent sites, with additional mobile sites wherever demand is particularly high and another planned for Orléans.

the Eastern Ontario Health Unit has sites in Alexandria, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Limoges, Rockland and Winchester.

the Leeds, Grenville et Lanark The health unit has permanent sites in Almonte, Brockville, Kemptville and Smiths Falls and a pop-up site in Perth today.

Donna, left, hosts a tea party for Season’s birthday, right, at Metcalfe Geoheritage Park in Almonte on October 14, 2020. Locals are only expected to have close contact with the people they live with or with another household than if they live alone. (Sean Kilpatrick / Canadian Press)

In Kingston, the test site is at Complexe Beechgrove. Center de test de Napanee is open daily for those who call ahead.

People can organize a test in Bancroft and Picton by calling the center or Belleville and Trenton online.

Residents of Renfrew County should call their family doctor or 1-844-727-6404 for a test or to ask questions, COVID-19 related or not. The locations of the testing clinics are posted weekly.

In western Quebec:

The tests are strongly recommended for people showing symptoms or who have been in contact with someone showing symptoms. People without symptoms may also be tested.

Outaouais residents can make an appointment in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 boul. Saint-Raymond or 617 avenue Buckingham.

They can now check the approximate waiting time for the Saint-Raymond site.

There are recurrent clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.

Call 1-877-644-4545 if you have any questions, including whether walk-in testing is available nearby.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis:

Akwesasne a 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.

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 in Pikwakanagan can book a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259.

Anyone in Tyendinaga who is interested in a test can call 613-967-3603.

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