What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday, October 24



  • The majority of COVID-19 claims at the Ottawa WSIB are long-term care workers, the data show.
  • Doctors say they are not paid despite province’s commitment on expired health cards during the pandemic.
  • Ottawa public health officials reported 90 more cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.

What’s the latest?

Majority of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) COVID-19 claims from Ottawa workers involve employees in long-term care facilities and homes pension, but a union that represents many of these workers believes the number should be much higher.

Some doctors accept expired health cards, Ontario Medical Association says are not reimbursed, despite the provincial government’s decision to show leniency during the pandemic.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 90 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, but no new deaths.

However, a new death was reported in western Quebec on Saturday, bringing the region’s total to 38 people.

How many cases are there?

According to Saturday’s update from PHO, 6,474 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

There are 688 known active cases, 5,472 resolved cases and 314 deaths.

Public health officials have reported nearly 10,000 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, of which more than 8,300 have been resolved.

Seventy-two people with COVID-19 have died elsewhere in eastern Ontario, as well as 38 in western Quebec.

What can I do?

Ontario and Quebec are telling people to limit close contact only to those they live with or to another home if people are living alone to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

In Ottawa – which has been brought back to a modified Stage 2 – and in Gatineau, Quebec, health officials are asking residents not to leave their homes unless it is absolutely necessary.

A masked pedestrian walks past a mural on Bank Street in Ottawa in September. (Andrew Lee / CBC)

Indoor dining in restaurants has been banned, while gymnasiums, cinemas and performance venues are all closed.

Dr Vera Etches, the capital’s medical officer of health, said earlier this month the health care system is on the verge of collapse.

PHO and some eastern Ontario health units are urging people not to have a Halloween party with other households or not to party.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has said to listen to local officials, but as a general rule, if rigging or treatment is allowed, people should stay in their neighborhood and do it outside with their household. only.

The Kingston area health unit says it can be done safely this year if done differently.

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 though most of the region has been declared a red zone, Prime Minister François Legault said children can make candy as long as they don’t leave with friends and care is taken when distributing candy. .

What about schools?

There have been over 180 schools in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau area with a confirmed case of COVID-19:

Few of them have had outbreaks, which are reported by an Ontario health unit when there is a reasonable chance that someone who tests positive will catch COVID-19 during a school activity.

By mid-October, a small fraction of students and staff in Ottawa had tested positive.

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.

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 mandatory in indoor public places in ontario and Quebec and are recommended outdoors when people cannot get away from others.

Anyone with symptoms or ordered to do so by their local public health unit should self-isolate. Duration is subject to a range stipulated by health officials in Ontario and Quebec.

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.

The number of tests has been lower than the groups that run it and they want people to know that there are often same-day appointments available.

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

Ottawa has five permanent test sites, with additional mobile sites deployed wherever demand is particularly high.

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.

The Kingston test site is at the Beechgrove Complex. The other test site in the region is in Napanee. Both are open seven days a week.

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.

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 test site available only by appointment. He plans to bring his mobile site back in the spring.

Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border that is over 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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