What’s the latest?
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has launched its Small Business Saturday Campaign, which runs from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, encouraging people to shop locally.The organization estimates that one in seven independent businesses in Canada is at risk of shutting down due to the pandemic.
A heated overnight homeless shelter will open in Gatineau on December 4, according to the local health authority. A space at the Robert Guertin Center arena will be available for overnight stays from 4:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. the next day.
The area will be cleaned and disinfected during the room’s closed hours to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Ottawa reported on Friday that another 55 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. Another death was also recorded on Friday, bringing the city’s death toll to 373.
How many cases are there?
As of Friday, 8,333 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Ottawa. There are 293 known active cases, 7,667 cases now considered resolved and 373 people who have died from COVID-19.
Public health officials have reported more than 13,600 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 12,300 resolved cases.
Ninety people have died from COVID-19 elsewhere in eastern Ontario, as well as 79 in western Quebec.
CBC Ottawa presents profile of those who died from COVID-19. If you would like to share your loved one’s story, please get in touch.
What can I do?
Ontario and Quebec tell people to limit close contact only to those with whom they live, or in another house if people live alone, to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Ontario says this will apply during the December break, people who live far from home, such as post-secondary students, have asked to reduce close contact for 10 to 14 days before returning home.
Quebec shared what it would take to have at most two small holiday gatherings next month. The rules will not be relaxed until mid-January at the earliest.
Travel from one region to another discouraged throughout the Outaouais.
Ontario says people shouldn’t travel to a lower-level area from a higher-level area and some lower-level health units want residents to stay put to limit the spread.
Ottawa is currently in the orange zone of the provincial pandemic scale, which allows for organized gatherings and restaurants, gyms and theaters to bring people inside.
Ottawa Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches said the situation in Ottawa was stable and people should focus on managing risk and taking precautions, such as seeing a few friends outside at a distance, to further reduce the spread.
The Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington (KFL & A) and Eastern Ontario health unit communities are highlighted in yellow. The Belleville region will join them on Monday.
This means restaurant hours, capacity and table limits and other rules that are between Orange Ottawa and the rest of eastern Ontario, which is green, the lowest level.
The Hastings Prince Edward area was moved from the green to yellow zone on Friday, and stricter public health measures will be in effect in that area from Monday at midnight.
In Gatineau and the surrounding area, which is one of the red zones in Quebec, health officials are asking residents not to leave their homes unless it is essential.
There is no indoor dining area at restaurants and gyms, cinemas and performing arts venues are all closed.
The rest of western Quebec is orange, allowing for private gatherings of up to six people and organized gatherings of up to 25 – more in seated rooms.
What about schools?
There have been approximately 200 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. These droplets can hang in the air.
People can be contagious without symptoms.
This means 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.
Ontario has abandoned its concept of social circles.
The masks are mandatory in indoor public places in ontario and Quebec and should be worn outside when people cannot get away from others. Non-medical three-layer masks with filter are recommended.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate, as well as those who have been ordered to do so by their local public health unit. The duration depends on the circumstances in both Ontario and Québec.
Health Canada recommends that the elderly and those with underlying health 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.
Where to get tested
In Eastern Ontario:
Anyone looking for a test should make an appointment.
Ontario recommends getting tested only if you have symptoms or if your health unit or the province has told you.
People without symptoms, but who are part of the province’s targeted screening strategy, can make an appointment at certain pharmacies.
Ottawa a nine permanent test sites, with mobile sites wherever demand is particularly high.
The Kingston test site is at Complexe Beechgrove. The other site in the region is in Napanee.
the Eastern Ontario Health Unit has sites in Alexandria, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Limoges, Rockland and Winchester.
the Leeds, Grenville et Lanark health unit has permanent sites in Almonte, Brockville, Kemptville and Smiths Falls and a mobile trial site visiting small communities.
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. Locations of testing clinics are displayed every week.
In western Quebec:
Testing is highly recommended for people with symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with 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 is recurrent clinics by appointment in communities like 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 has had its best-known cases of COVID-19 from the pandemic this month, with 22 and counting in its Ontario part and more on the US side of the border. His advice asks residents to avoid unnecessary travel.
Akwesasne schools and its Tsi Snaihne childcare center are temporarily closed to in-person learning. He has a COVID-19 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.
The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte reported their first confirmed case this month.
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.
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.