What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday April 18

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday April 18


  • The province rescinded rules that would have allowed police to conduct random stops.
  • Playgrounds and park structures are no longer off-limits.
  • Make sure you know what’s allowed and what isn’t allowed now that Ontario has tightened its restrictions.
  • Ottawa and western Quebec on Saturday reported the triple-digit total number of COVID-19 cases.

What’s the latest?

The Ontario government has rolled back some of the COVID-19 restrictions it introduced late last week, including expanded policing powers that would have allowed officers to arrest random people and ask why they weren’t home.

Now officers will only be able to stop vehicles or people if they are suspected of participating in an organized public event or social gathering.

The Ottawa, Kingston, Cornwall and Belleville Police Services were among those who said they would not have conducted the random stops.

The province has also turned the tide by declaring playgrounds and play structures banned. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was one of the officials who urged the province to reconsider this measure.

Ottawa reported 241 more cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and two new deaths, while 164 cases were recorded in western Quebec.

How many cases are there?

The region is in a record third wave of the pandemic which includes more dangerous coronavirus variants, strained testing sites and filling hospitals.

On Saturday, 21,552 Ottawa residents tested positive for COVID-19. There are 3,218 known active cases, 17,852 resolved cases and 482 deaths.

Public health officials have reported more than 39,600 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 33,500 resolved cases.

Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 162 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 185.

Akwesasne has had more than 590 residents tested positive, split evenly between its northern and southern sections.

Kitigan Zibi has had 27 cases. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory had 11, with one death.

CBC Ottawa profiles 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?

Eastern Ontario:

Ontario is subject to a stay-at-home order that has been extended until at least May 20.

People can only leave their homes for essential reasons such as shopping for groceries, seeking health care, and exercising. They are asked to leave their immediate region or province only in case of absolute necessity.

Checkpoints are to be set up at border crossings between eastern Ontario and western Quebec on Monday.

The vast majority of gatherings are prohibited, with some exceptions that include people who live together, those who live alone and team up with another household, and small religious services.

Most non-essential businesses can only offer curbside pickup. Access to shopping centers is restricted and supermarkets can only sell essential items.

Gyms and personal care services are to close, while restaurants are only available for take-out and delivery.

Ontario is switching to e-learning indefinitely after the April vacation. Daycare centers remain open for the moment.

Local health units and communities can also set their own rules, as does Prince Edward County for travel and Kingston does for Breakwater Park.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said by-laws officers would inspect stores and respond to complaints about homes and parks.

Police officers operate ATVs while patrolling Mooney’s Bay Park in Ottawa on April 17, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Matthew Kupfer / CBC)

Western Quebec

Premier François Legault has said that the situation is critical in Gatineau and asks people to leave home only when it is essential.

Schools, gymnasiums, theaters, personal care services and non-essential businesses are closed until April 25 in the Outaouais.

Private gatherings are prohibited, except for a person who lives alone and sees another household. Remote outdoor exercise is permitted in groups of up to eight people and masks are no longer required in this case.

The curfew is 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

People there are urged to be in close contact only with the people they live with, to be masked and distanced for all other in-person contact, and to leave their immediate area only for essential reasons – under the threatens a fine if they go to a yellow or green zone. .

Distance and isolate

The new coronavirus is spread primarily through droplets that can hang in the air.

People can be contagious without symptoms, even after receiving a vaccine. The worrying coronavirus variants are more contagious and spread quickly.

This means it is important to take precautions now and in the future, such as staying home during illness – and getting help to cover costs if needed – by keeping hands and surfaces clean and safe. keeping anyone you don’t live with at bay, even with a mask.

Masks, preferably those that fit snugly and have three layers, are compulsory in indoor public places in ontario and Quebec.

OPH says residents should wear masks outside their homes whenever possible.

Gunners from the 30th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery wear masks as they conduct a gun salute in Ottawa on April 17, 2021, to mark the death of Prince Philip. (Blair Gable / Canadian Press)

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

People must show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada by land without a fine and must pay for their stay in a quarantine hotel if entering by air.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate, just like those ordered by their public health unit to do so. The length varies in Quebec and Ontario.


Four COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and approved in Canada.

Canada’s task force said the first doses provide such strong protection that people can wait up to four months to get a second.

Approximately 525,000 doses have been administered in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since mid-December, including approximately 238,000 doses to residents of Ottawa and approximately 93,000 in western Quebec.

Eastern Ontario

Ontario is now in Phase 2 of its vaccine rollout, with the first doses of Phase 1 typically going to nursing home residents and healthcare workers.

All health units in eastern Ontario now vaccinate people aged 60 and over in their clinics. He is 55 and over in Renfrew County. People can book appointments online or by phone at 1-833-943-3900.

People over the age of 55 or over the age of 55 can contact participating pharmacies for an appointment for a vaccine.

Phase 2 now includes people with underlying health conditions, followed by essential workers who cannot work from home in May.

Phase 3 is expected to involve the vaccination of anyone over the age of 16 from July.

A sign at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club on April 17, 2021 tells people the course is closed. The province introduced stricter COVID-19 rules the day before, including declaring golf courses banned. (Olivier Plante / Radio-Canada)

Local health units have some flexibility in the larger framework, so check their websites for more details.

The province has opened appointments for people aged 50 to 54 in the postal codes of the K1T, K1V and K2V “hot spots” of Ottawa, although supply is currently limited.

In addition, some Ottawans in certain priority neighborhoods can check their eligibility online and make an appointment in the city. This should soon include all education workers and staff in large workplaces.

Aboriginal people over 16 in Ottawa can book an appointment in the same way.

The Belleville area health unit says this hot spot strategy means some of his doses are being sent elsewhere and he will have to reschedule some appointments.

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Western Quebec

Quebec has also started by vaccinating people in nursing homes and healthcare workers.

The vaccination plan now covers people aged 55 and over, as well as essential local workers and people with chronic illnesses.

People aged 55 to 79 can queue in their vehicle to get a ticket for a walk-in appointment at the Palais des Congrès in Gatineau.

Officials expect anyone who wants a snapshot will be able to get one before National Day on June 24.

Eligible people can make an appointment online or by phone. Pharmacists there started giving injections with appointments across the province, not individual pharmacies.

Symptoms and tests

COVID-19[femininepeut aller d’une maladie de type rhume à une infection pulmonaire sévère, avec des symptômes courants tels que fièvre, toux, vomissements et perte de goût ou d’odeur. Les enfants ont tendance à avoir des maux d’estomac et / ou une éruption cutanée.

Si vous avez des symptômes graves, appelez le 911.

La santé mentale peut également être touchés par la pandémie, et des ressources sont disponibles pour vous aider.

Dans l’est de l’Ontario:

Quiconque cherche un test devrait prendre rendez-vous. Renseignez-vous auprès du bureau de santé de votre région pour connaître les emplacements et les heures d’ouverture des cliniques.

Ontario recommande de se faire tester uniquement si vous présentez des symptômes, si votre bureau de santé ou la province vous l’a dit, ou si vous répondez à certains autres critères.

Les personnes sans symptômes mais qui font partie de la stratégie de dépistage ciblé de la province peuvent prendre rendez-vous dans certaines pharmacies. Cette semaine comprend le personnel de l’école et les étudiants.

Les voyageurs qui ont besoin d’un test ont très peu d’options locales pour en payer un.

Dans l’ouest du Québec:

Les tests sont fortement recommandés pour les personnes présentant des symptômes et leurs contacts.

Résidents de l’Outaouais peut prendre rendez-vous et vérifier les temps d’attente en ligne.

Appelez le 1-877-644-4545 si vous avez des questions, y compris si des tests sans rendez-vous sont disponibles à proximité.

Premières Nations, Inuits et Métis:

Les membres des Premières Nations, les Inuits et les Métis, ou une personne voyageant pour travailler dans une communauté autochtone éloignée, sont admissibles à un test en Ontario.

Akwesasne a un site de test COVID-19 sur rendez-vous uniquement et un couvre-feu de 23h à 5h

Toute personne qui revient dans la communauté du côté canadien de la frontière internationale qui se trouve à plus de 160 kilomètres – ou qui a visité Montréal – pour des raisons non essentielles est invité à s’auto-isoler pendant 14 jours.

Les habitants de Pikwakanagan peuvent réserver un test COVID-19 en appelant le 613-625-1175. N’importe qui dans Tyendinaga qui est intéressé par un test peut appeler le 613-967-3603 et à Kitigan Zibi, le 819-449-5593.

Les Inuits d’Ottawa peuvent appeler l’équipe de santé familiale des Inuits d’Akausivik au 613-740-0999 pour obtenir des services, y compris les tests et les vaccins, en inuktitut ou en anglais en semaine.

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