What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 30

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

Key updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the region

A customer at Aline Unisex Hair Design wears a mask on June 24, 2020. Ottawa is considering making mask use mandatory at all indoor commercial settings. (Andrew Lee/CBC)

Recent developments

What's the latest?

Quebec Premier François Legault says wearing masks will be mandatory on public transit across the province by late next month.

Transit agencies across Quebec are asked to refuse service to anyone older than 12 who's not wearing a mask as of July 27, following a two-week grace period.

Air Canada has indefinitely suspended direct flights between Ottawa and five other Canadian destinations, citing weak demand and government-imposed travel restrictions due to the pandemic. The airline is also suspending all service in and out of Norman Rogers Airport in Kingston, Ont.

Ottawa Public Health is encouraging people to keep Canada Day celebrations small, and if possible, hold them outside where it's easier to physically distance.

Ontario Parks are free for day use tomorrow, with measures in place to limit crowds.

CBC Ottawa has a full list of ideas . 

Large Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa, including those in Major's Hill Park, are cancelled this year. The city is recommending people take part in small gatherings outside with close contacts only. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

How many cases are there?

There have been 2,086 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa and 263 deaths.

There are nearly 3,350 known cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec.


So far, 30 cases in the Kingston area have a confirmed link to a shut-down nail salon, prompting calls for visitors of three salons and a golf course to get tested.

There are now 27 postitive cases and officials are saying they expect that number to go higher. 10:30

Health units say more than 2,825 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.

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.

A man sits on a patio in the ByWard Market in Ottawa on June 23, 2020. (Andrew Lee/CBC)

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.

Some streets in Ottawa's ByWard Market turn into patio space starting Saturday. Ottawa's pools start to open next week.

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.

Masks are mandatory in many indoor spaces in Kingston,

WATCH: Ottawa considers making masks mandatory 

Vera Etches, chief medical officer of health, says Ottawa Public Health is “seriously exploring” making masks mandatory for residents in commercial settings. 0:52

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.

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.

A shopper gestures from afar at the Parkdale Market in Ottawa June 18, 2020, its first day since reopening with COVID-19 restrictions. (Francis Ferland/CBC)

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.

Employees of a west Ottawa business help a shopper load supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic June 24, 2020. (Francis Ferland/CBC )

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.

WATCH: Questions about a national mask policy

Federal government and health officials are reluctant to make wearing a mask mandatory in Canada, citing a focus on education and issues with enforcement. 1:58

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.

WATCH: Safer concert options

Musicians look at ways to hold live events, like drive-in concerts, to keep working and entertain fans during the age of COVID-19. 2:02

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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