What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Monday, June 29
Key updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the region
- The City of Ottawa is considering making non-medical masks mandatory in indoor commercial settings.
- There are now 27 confirmed COVID-19 cases linked to the outbreak at Binh's Nail and Spa in Kingston, Ont.
- New federal pandemic projections suggest COVID-19 transmission is largely under control but relapses are possible.
- The federal government wants to extend commercial rent assistance another month, the prime minister said this morning.
What's the latest?
Ottawa Public Health is looking to make the use of non-medical masks mandatory at indoor businesses in Ottawa, medical officer of health Vera Etches said Monday.
The city is considering creating a new bylaw to enforce mask use, officials say. There are no details about the potential new regulation, nor what the potential fine might be for non-compliance.
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Kingston's medical officer of health says today there are now 27 confirmed COVID-19 cases linked to the outbreak at Binh's Nails and Spa: six staff, six clients and close contacts that include an employee at a second salon.
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The federal government will work with the provinces and territories to extend commercial rent assistance another month, the prime minister said this morning.
Canada's chief public health officer said today transmission of the novel coronavirus is largely under control in this country, but warned that the caseload can flare up at any time.
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How many cases are there?
There have been 2,086 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa and 263 deaths. Ottawa Public Health said Monday the lab-confirmed cases still represent only a fraction of the true number of cases in the city, and warned a second wave is still possible in Ottawa if physical distancing is not maintained.
There are more than 3,300 known cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
Health units say more than 2,800 people in the region have recovered from 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.
The City of Ottawa has started warning people tickets will be given out again next week for overstaying at on-street parking spaces with posted time limits.
Drivers will have to feed Kingston's parking metres again as of today.
Some streets in Ottawa's ByWard Market turn into patio space starting Saturday. Ottawa's pools start to open next week.
The province has also allowed bars, spas, water parks and casinos to reopen.
The National Gallery of Canada reopens Thursdays to Sundays starting July 18.
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.
Quebec allows closer distancing in some circumstances.
Ottawa Public Health wants people to think about how to safely do certain things and recommends people wear a fabric or non-medical mask if they can't stay two metres from strangers, like at a grocery store.
Masks are mandatory in many indoor spaces in Kingston.
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.
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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.
Ontario hopes to start testing a federal contact tracing app next week that would let users know if they've been close to a confirmed case.
Where to get tested
In eastern Ontario:
The Brewer Arena site is closed Canada Day but the others are open regular hours.
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.
All test centres are closed on Canada Day.
In Kingston, the Leon's Centre is now open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, replacing the location at the Kingston Memorial Centre. Find it at Gate 2.
It's closed Canada Day, replaced by a drive-thru test site at St. Lawrence College.
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 are pop-up clinics in Stirling today and Madoc Friday. You may also qualify for a home test.
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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 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.
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.
Pikwakanagan's council let businesses reopen May 29 and is not running checkpoints at entrances during the day.
Kitigan Zibi is planning for an Aug. 29 election with changes depending on the status of the pandemic at that time.
For more information
- Ottawa Public Health.
- Your local eastern Ontario health unit.
- The Ontario Ministry of Health (in several languages).
- The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Outaouais.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada.