What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Friday, December 10

Recent DEVELOPMENTS:

What’s the last one?

New information from the Kingston, Ont. Area suggests the omicron variant was already spreading in the province when the first cases in Canada were announced, according to the area’s top doctor. The region now has 507 known active cases, more than in Ottawa.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) says families should think about limiting high-risk extracurricular activities, saying they are directly linked to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in schools across the city.

Ontario is abandoning its tentative plan to end the provincial vaccination passport program in mid-January and will require all proof of vaccination certificates to include QR codes, CBC News has learned. The measurements are to be officially announced at 2 p.m. ET.

How many cases are there?

As of Thursday, Ottawa had 32,507 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There are 451 known active cases, while 31,438 cases are considered resolved and 618 people have died from the disease.

Public health officials have reported more than 61,600 cases of COVID-19 in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 59,000 cases now resolved. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 238 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 223.

Akwesasne has had more than 1,200 residents tested positive for COVID-19 and has reported 14 deaths between its northern and southern sections.

Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory had 48 cases and one death. Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg has had 44 cases, one death and is in the midst of an active outbreak. Pikwàkanagàn had no cases.

What are the rules?

Eastern Ontario:

The provincial vaccination passport is required for people 12 years of age and over in many public places. It will not be compulsory for the youngest. People can prove their immunization status with a paper document, PDF file, or QR code.

There are no capacity restrictions for most locations requiring proof of vaccination, nor for outdoor events.

Private assembly limits are 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.

The reopening plan is on hold as authorities monitor some upward trends.

Health officials say people should re-commit to getting vaccinated, testing and staying home when sick and limiting social contact.

Local authorities can change the rules – for example, Renfrew County did it for isolation, the Kingston and Belleville areas for school symptoms, and the Kingston area for indoor gatherings and businesses.

The Kingston Medical Officer of Health and Akwesasne Council are both asking residents to avoid in-person gatherings.

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Western Quebec

Ten people are allowed to congregate inside the houses and 20 people outside – which increases to 50 if they play sports. The indoor gathering limit is increased to 20 people on December 23.

There is no capacity limit for venues in Quebec with assigned seats and restaurants.

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A vaccination passport is in place for most people 13 years of age and older in many public spaces. This will not apply to the youngest. People can use an app or show a paper proof.

Other groups in the region are also offering their own COVID-19 vaccination policies, including for staff and visitors.

What can I do?

Prevention

COVID-19 is spread primarily by droplets that can hang in the air. People can be contagious without symptoms, even after being vaccinated.

This means it is important to take precautions such as staying home in case of illness – and getting help with costs if needed – keeping hands and surfaces clean and considering distancing yourself from anyone. that you don’t live with.

Masks, preferably medical or surgical, are mandatory in indoor public places in Ontario and Quebec and recommended in crowded outdoor spaces.

People board a bus on Wellington Street West in Ottawa on December 9, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Trevor Pritchard / CBC)

The timing and duration of self-isolation may vary in Quebec and Ontario and depending on vaccination status.

Health Canada recommends that seniors and those with underlying health conditions get help with shopping and have supplies in case they need to self-isolate.

Scientists are working to find out how easily the new variant of the omicron coronavirus spreads, its severity, and how vaccines perform against it.

To travel

Travelers over 12 years and four months must now be fully immunized to board a plane, train or ship in Canada.

The United States requires that anyone crossing a land, air, or sea border be fully immunized. People traveling there will need proof of a negative COVID test within one day of departure.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents no longer need proof of a test when returning from trips to the United States of less than 72 hours.

The hope is that other countries will accept provincial or territorial proof of vaccination.

People must be fully vaccinated and pre-approved to enter Canada. Due to the omicron variant, air travelers from all countries except the United States must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival and self-isolate until they get results.

There are other travel restrictions from a number of African countries due to the omicron.

Vaccines

Vaccines slow the spread of all variants of COVID-19 and go a long way in preventing deaths and hospitalizations, without offering full protection.

Four COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and approved in Canada, with some age restrictions.

Health Canada has approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children as young as five years old. Doses for children five to 11 years old will be given at least eight weeks apart in the two local provinces.

Ontario’s next third expansion arrives Monday morning for people in their 50s and 60s; Quebec enlarged it in early December and plans to lower its age in January.

More than 3.8 million first, second and third doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau region, which has a population of approximately 2.3 million.

Eastern Ontario

People born in 2016 and earlier can search for provincial appointments online or by phone at 1-833-943-3900.

Local health units have some flexibility, so check their websites for details. Many are offering child-only clinics and doses on short notice, as campaigns seek to fill gaps in immunization coverage and cover expanded eligibility.

Pharmacies and some family doctors offer vaccines through their own reservation systems.

Western Quebec

Anyone aged five and over can make an appointment or visit a permanent or mobile walk-in clinic.

Children’s clinics are in schools and children will need a parent’s written consent to be vaccinated there.

Siblings can be booked together in the same time slot, and parents can check a box to report if their child is nervous.

Symptoms and tests

COVID-19[female[femininecan range from a cold-like illness a severe lung infection, with common symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, vomiting, and loss of taste or smell.

Long-haul symptoms can last for months.

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:

Ontario says to get tested by making an appointment at a clinic if you meet certain criteria. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and hours.

Some pharmacies test people with symptoms, as well as some people without symptoms.

Rapid and take-out tests are available in some places, including pharmacies and some daycares when the risk is high. A positive test will trigger a follow-up.

Travelers who need a test have local options to pay for one.

In western Quebec:

Testing is highly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.

People can make an appointment or see if they are near an online walk-in option. They can also call 1-877-644-4545 to ask questions during line hours.

Gargle tests are offered in some places instead of a swab.

The COVID-19 rapid tests are available in all daycares, preschools and elementary schools in Quebec. Next week, school-aged children in the area will receive rapid test kits that they can take home.

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First Nations, Inuit and Métis:

First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, or anyone traveling to work in a remote Indigenous community, are eligible to be tested in Ontario.

Akwesasne a COVID-19 test and vaccination clinics, with information online or at 613-575-2341.

Residents of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg can call the health center at 819-449-5593 for a test or vaccine; email is another option for booking vaccines.

Tests are available in Pikwàkanagàn by calling 613-625-1175 and vaccines (including third doses) at 613-625-2259 ext 225 or by email.

Anyone in Tyendinaga who is interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 and should look at the website for dedicated vaccination clinics.

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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