What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday, July 5

CBC Ottawa's latest roundup of key updates during the coronavirus pandemic.

Key updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the region

A west Ottawa business lets shoppers know it's open again during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Francis Ferland/CBC)

Recent developments

  • Ottawa's streak with no COVID-19 deaths continues, with local health officials reported four new cases Sunday.
  • In Kingston, Ont., where there's been an ongoing outbreak tied to nail salons, no new cases were confirmed Sunday.
  • Ontario is reporting 138 new cases of COVID-19, marking the sixth straight day the tally is below 200.
  • A mandatory mask policy in Ottawa could come into effect as soon as Monday
  • Somerset Street W. between Bank and O'Connor streets is now closed on weekends.
  • Only seven trains will run on the Confederation LRT line following the discovery of more defective wheels.
  • Kingston, Ont., health officials have confirmed three more COVID-19 cases as they continue to battle a new outbreak of the virus.

What's the latest?

Once again, the pandemic is providing an opportunity to perform maintenance work on the problem-plagued Confederation LRT line without the usual disruptions.

The latest issue involves defective wheels. OC Transpo boss John Manconi says the line will only run seven trains until the problem is addressed, but that shortfall can be "accommodated" due to lower-than-usual ridership numbers.

Somerset Street W. between Bank and O'Connor streets is now closed on weekends to vehicles, while in the ByWard Market, Clarence Street is now closed throughout the summer patio season between William and Dalhousie streets.

Both closures are designed to boost patio business and give people more space to practise physical distancing. 

In Kingston, Ont., health officials are investigating three more COVID-19 cases and have confirmed one is tied to an ongoing outbreak involving city nail salons.

A skateboarder passes a wall mural in Toronto adorned with the phrase 'We are all in this together' in late May. (Timothy Neesam/CBC)

How many cases are there?

There have been 2,110 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa and 263 deaths. The vast majority of cases in the city, 1,800, are classified as resolved. 

Health units report more than 3,300 known cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec and almost 2,900 people in the region have recovered from COVID-19.

Kingston now has 39 active cases of COVID-19. Most are linked to three nail salons: Binh's Nails and Spa, where the recent outbreak started, Kingdom Nails and Georgia Nail Salon. The Amherstview Golf Club has also seen new cases. 

Clients at all four businesses are being asked to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19.

COVID-19 has killed 102 people outside Ottawa: 52 in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 17 in other parts of eastern Ontario and 33 in the Outaouais.

What's open and closed?

Eastern Ontario is in "Stage 2" of the province's recovery plan, allowing more activities and "circles" of up to 10 people that don't have to distance.

Some streets in Ottawa's ByWard Market have now turned into patio space, including parts of Clarence Street, William Street and a section of the north side of York Street.

Chris Wagg, recreation supervisor with the City of Ottawa, says pools around the city will begin opening July 6 with measures in place to allow for physical distancing between swimmers. 1:02

Ottawa's pools start to open tomorrow.

The City of Ottawa will also resume handing out tickets on Monday for drivers who've violated posted time limits at on-street parking spaces.

The National Gallery of Canada reopens Thursdays to Sundays starting July 18. 

A man wearing a mask boards an STO bus in Gatineau, Que., during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Frédéric Pepin/Radio-Canada)

Quebec now allows indoor, distanced gatherings of up to 50 people, including in places of worship and indoor sports venues, and has relaxed rules at daycares.

The province has also allowed bars, spas, water parks and casinos to reopen.

Quebec's back-to-school plans bring older students to classrooms again. Ontario has put three options for next school year on the table, while post-secondary schools are moving toward more online classes in September.

Distancing and isolating

The coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People don't need to have symptoms to be contagious.

That means physical distancing measures such as working from home and in Ontario, staying at least two metres away from anyone they don't live with or have in their circle.

The City of Ottawa could make fabric masks mandatory at indoor, public settings as soon as on Monday. Residents are encouraged to wear them now in places where they cannot practise physical distancing.

Keith Egli, chair of the Ottawa Board of Health, says the city will announce a plan on Monday to make masks mandatory in indoor commercial settings. 0:40

Anyone who has symptoms or travelled recently outside Canada must self-isolate for at least 14 days.

Specifically in Ottawa, anyone waiting for a COVID-19 test result must self-isolate at least until they know the result.

The same goes for anyone in Ontario who's been in contact with someone who's tested positive or is presumed to have COVID-19.

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly urges self-isolation for individuals who have weakened immune systems and Ottawa Public Health recommends people over 70 stay home as much as possible. 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a dry cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. 

Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pinkeye. The Ontario government says in rare cases, children can develop a rash.

If you have severe symptoms, call 911.

Where to get tested

In eastern Ontario:

In Ottawa any resident who feels they need a test, even if they are not showing symptoms, can now be tested at one of three sites.

Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.

Testing has also expanded for local residents and employees who work in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area.

There is a drive-thru test centre in Casselman and assessment centres in Hawkesbury and Winchester that don't require people to call ahead.

Others in Rockland and Cornwall require an appointment.

A COVID-19 assessment centre will open in Alexandria next week, running Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only.

In Kingston, the Leon's Centre is now open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, replacing the previous location at the Kingston Memorial Centre. Find it at Gate 2.

People line up around the block at a COVID-19 testing centre in Kingston, Ont., on June 26, 2020, following an outbreak of the virus at a local nail salon. (Natalia Goodwin/CBC)

Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call for an appointment.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark unit asks you to get tested if you have a symptom or concerns about exposure.

It has a walk-in site in Brockville open seven days a week at the Memorial Centre and testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment.

The public health unit in the Belleville area is asking people to call it, their family doctor or Telehealth if they have symptoms or questions.

You can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the centre, or in Picton by texting or calling 613-813-6864.

There is a pop-up clinic in Madoc on Friday. You may also qualify for a home test.

Renfrew County is also providing pop-up and home testing under some circumstances. Residents without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 to register for a test or if they have health questions, COVID-19-related or not.

If you're concerned about the coronavirus, take the self-assessment.

In western Quebec:

Outaouais residents should call 1-877-644-4545 if they have symptoms for further assistance.

First Nations:

Local communities have declared states of emergency, put in a curfew or both.

Akwesasne has opened a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only. Anyone returning to Akwesasne who's been farther than 80 kilometres away is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse. The community's reopening plan that's now underway.

There's a pop-up testing clinic at Pikwakanagan's Makwa Centre Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. for people who pre-registered by Tuesday evening.

Kitigan Zibi is planning for an Aug. 29 election with changes depending on the status of the pandemic at that time.

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