- Ontario is shortening the wait between doses of AstraZeneca from 12 to 8 weeks.
- Ottawa Public Health reports 34 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, but no new deaths.
What’s the last one?
Health officials in the nation’s capital reported 34 new cases on Sunday. Five new cases have been reported in western Quebec.No new deaths have been reported in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
The Ontario government announced on Saturday that the wait between the first and second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine can be shortened from 12 weeks to eight weeks.
Patients can also now choose between a second dose of AstraZeneca or an mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna, with an interval of eight to 12 weeks, the government said.
AstraZeneca’s new dose policy goes into effect Monday at 8 a.m. All new options will be provided with the “informed consent” of a patient, the Ontario government said.
How many cases are there?
As of Sunday, 27,426 Ottawa residents had tested positive for COVID-19. There are 350 known active cases, 26,491 cases considered resolved and 585 people have died.
Public health officials have reported more than 49,600 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 48,100 resolved cases.
Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 190 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 214.
Akwesasne has had around 700 residents testing positive and 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
Kitigan Zibi had 34 cases and one death. Territoire mohawk from Tyendinaga had 11, with one death. Pikwakanagan did not have one.
The transfer of COVID-19 patients from other areas to Ottawa hospitals continues. As of Friday, there were 13 COVID-19 patients from other communities in Ottawa’s intensive care units. Some patients even come from Manitoba.
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What can I do?
Ontario has moved to Stage 1 of its plan to reopen, making changes such as being allowed to eat out and buy indoors non-essentials.
Up to 10 people can gather outside, including people from different households.
Stage 1 brings outdoor fitness, swimming pools and non-contact sports below the gathering limit.
Gyms and personal care services are closed. Ontario has switched to online learning for the remainder of the school year.
The plan to reopen the province is based on rates of spread, hospitalization and vaccination. The next step would come in early July at the earliest.
Western Quebec is under the rules of the orange zone.
People can eat both inside and outside in restaurants and outside in bars; a maximum of two people with different addresses can sit together.
Gyms can reopen and masks are mandatory indoors.
Outdoor gatherings of up to eight people are allowed, or 25 if you practice non-contact sports. Travel throughout the province is permitted but not recommended.
Up to 2,500 people can gather in a large theater or arena and there is no longer a curfew.
Non-essential travel is not permitted between Ontario and Quebec. Ontario police border checkpoints are scheduled to end on June 16, but could be extended. Quebec has not set a date for its end.
None of the checkpoints operate 24/7.
Monday’s move to the yellow zone rules brings back some masked indoor gatherings for people who don’t live together.
Distancing and isolation
The new coronavirus is spread mainly by droplets that can hang in the air.
People can be contagious without symptoms, even after receiving a vaccine. The worrying variants of the coronavirus are more contagious and are now established.
This means that it is important to take precautions now and in the future, such as staying home in case of illness – and getting help with costs if necessary – keeping hands and surfaces clean and maintaining a safe environment. distance from anyone you don’t live with, even with a mask on.
Masks, preferably those that fit snugly and have three layers, are required in indoor public places in Ontario and Quebec and recommended in crowded outdoor spaces.
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.
Health Canada recommends that seniors and people with underlying health conditions get help with their groceries.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate, as well as those who have been ordered to do so by their public health unit. The length varies in Quebec and Ontario.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and approved in Canada. Three are in use.
Canada’s task force said the first doses offer such strong protection that people can wait up to four months to receive a second.
This task force claims that it is safe and effective to mix the first and second dose under certain conditions. Quebec and Ontario both do it.
Over 1,600,000 doses have been administered in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since mid-December, including approximately 720,000 in Ottawa and over 290,000 in western Quebec.
Ontario now vaccinates anyone 12 years of age or older. People can search for provincial appointments for the first dose online or by phone at 1-833-943-3900.
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Pharmacies continue to offer vaccines through their own reservation systems, as do some family physicians.
People who have received an AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine can now reserve a second dose of any type after 12 weeks.
Ontario is speeding up other types of second dose appointments. The next local extension is scheduled for July 19 for people who have received a first dose by May 9 at the latest.
All these reservations depend on the supplies sent to health facilities.
Health officials continue to tell people who received a first dose before a second dose is automatically booked that they will not be missed. They say most people who want a second dose can get one by the fall.
Local health units have flexibility in the larger framework, including when it comes to booking, so check their websites for details. Some offer waiting lists for first doses.
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Quebec now gives a first dose to anyone 12 years of age and over.
There are permanent and mobile walk-in clinics for the first doses, six walk-in clinics for the second doses of AstraZeneca and a bus now bringing the first and second doses to the Outaouais.
The province expects to have given a first dose to 75% of adults by June 15 and forecasts that 75% of people 12 years and older will receive their second dose by the end of August.
Her goal is the second dose eight weeks after the first, allowing people to change reservations by age. This extends to people 55 and over on Monday.
The province is asking people who have received a first AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccine to wait for more supplies.
Eligible individuals can book an appointment online or by phone.
Symptoms and tests
COVID-19[feminine[femininecan range from a cold-like illness a severe lung infection, with common symptoms such as fever, cough, vomiting, and loss of taste or smell. Children tend to have an upset stomach and / or a rash.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic, and resources are available to help.
In Eastern Ontario:
Anyone wishing to take a test must make an appointment. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and hours.
Hours change at the Ottawa Driving Test Site on Coventry Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily starting Monday.
Ontario recommends that you only get tested if you meet certain criteria, such as symptoms, exposure, or certain work.
People without symptoms but who are part of the province’s targeted screening strategy can make an appointment at certain pharmacies. Shoppers Drug Mart stores can now offer rapid tests.
Travelers who need a test have very few local options for paying for one.
In western Quebec:
Testing is highly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.
People can book appointments and check wait times online.
Call 1-877-644-4545 with any questions, including whether walk-in testing is available nearby.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis:
First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, or someone traveling to work in a remote Indigenous community, are eligible to be tested in Ontario.
Akwesasne a a COVID-19 test site by appointment only. Its curfew and travel isolation rules have ended.
Residents of Pikwakanagan can book a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-1175. Anyone in Tyendinaga who is interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 and in Kitigan Zibi, 819-449-5593.
Tyendinaga council asks people not to go there to camp or fish.
Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for services, including tests and vaccines, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.
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