What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 10

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What’s the latest?

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How many cases are there?

According to Monday’s update from Ottawa Public Health (OPH), 7,586 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

There are 580 known active cases, 6,660 resolved cases and 346 deaths.

Public health officials have reported more than 11,900 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 10,200 resolved cases.

Eighty-five people with COVID-19 have died elsewhere in eastern Ontario, as well as 57 in western Quebec.

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.

Ottawa is orange on its provincial pandemic scale, which means large organized gatherings are allowed and restaurants, gyms and theaters can reopen.

Ottawa Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches said people should focus on managing risk and taking precautions, such as seeing a few friends outside remotely.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is in yellow, with slightly different metrics, such as later hours of service and more people allowed at restaurant tables.

The rest of eastern Ontario is green, the lowest level.

People balancing and sitting in Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa on a hot November 9 day during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Andrew Lee / CBC)

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.

Indoor dining at restaurants in this region remains prohibited, while gymnasiums, cinemas and performance 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 – with more in seated halls.

Traveling to another region is not recommended throughout the Outaouais. Ontario says people shouldn’t go to a lower level region from a higher region.

On both sides of the river, the Royal Canadian Legion is ask people to pay homage to the house on Remembrance Day.

What about schools?

There have been approximately 190 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 need to take precautions such as staying home when they are sick, keeping hands and frequently touched surfaces clean, socializing outdoors as much as possible, and staying away from anyone they are not with. not live, even with a mask.

Ontario has abandoned its concept of social circles.

Etches says people should beware of blind spots, like taking a lunch break at work with colleagues or carpooling.

People enjoying a hot day in an Ottawa park on November 9, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Andrew Lee / CBC)

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 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.

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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 a eight permanent test sites, with additional mobile sites deployed wherever demand is particularly high. Its Coventry Road site will be closed on Wednesday.

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

The Kingston test site is at Complexe Beechgrove. The other test site in the area is in Napanee.

the Leeds, Grenville et Lanark health unit has permanent sites in Almonte, Brockville, Kemptville et Smiths Falls.

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. Locations of testing clinics are displayed every week. There are none on Remembrance Day.

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 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:

Aswesasne schools 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 more than 160 kilometers away – or who has visited Montreal – for non-essential reasons is invited to self-isolate for 14 days.

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.

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