What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday, October 22

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Recent DEVELOPMENTS:

What’s the latest?

Seventy-two other people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the province.

Sports organizations in the region say they are acting responsibly and are being rocked by the five team outbreaks and nine other investigations confirmed by health officials.

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Mike Crawley of the CBC explains why Premier Doug Ford is accused of using the COVID-19 response as a pretext to advance his political interests.

How many cases are there?

According to Wednesday’s update from Ottawa Public Health (OPH), 6,226 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

There are 717 known active cases, 5,201 resolved cases and 308 deaths. The numbers of tests were lower than the running groups would like.

Public health officials have reported more than 9,500 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, of which more than 7,900 have been resolved.

Seventy-two people with COVID-19 have died elsewhere in eastern Ontario, as well as 35 in western Quebec.

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

Dining in restaurants has been banned, while gyms, cinemas and performance venues are all closed.

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

OPH and some other local health units are urging people not to have a Halloween party with other households or to cheat.

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.

A house decorated for Halloween in Ottawa in mid-October 2020. Health officials say an Easter candy hunt is a way to celebrate without going house to house on October 31st. (Jean Delisle / CBC)

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

By mid-October, a small fraction of Ottawa students and staff 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.

An OC Transpo bus on Albert Street near Bank Street in October 2020. OC Transpo riders can be fined if they have no valid reason to do without a mask. (Brian Morris / CBC)

Anyone who has symptoms or has been ordered to do so by their local public health unit should self-isolate. The length of the quarantine is subject to a range stipulated by health officials in Ontario and Quebec.

Health Canada recommends that seniors and those with underlying medical conditions and / or a weakened immune system stay 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.

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

Pedestrians are reflected on a building as they walk through downtown Ottawa on October 20, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sean Kilpatrick / Canadian Press)

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. Pop-up test sites are taking place today in Carleton Place and tomorrow in Perth.

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The Kingston 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, whether related to COVID-19 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 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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