What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 3
Key updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the region
- A drive-thru COVID-19 test centre in Ottawa is now taking bookings.
- Ottawa reported 22 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, pushing the city's total above 3,000.
- The prime minister is blaming CERB payment delays on"hiccups" with extending the program.
- The closure of some NCC roadways to vehicles will be extended three more weekends.
- Here's an in-depth breakdown of back-to school plans across eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
What's the latest?
Ottawa Public Health reported 22 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, pushing the city's total past the 3,000 mark.
Once again, there were more resolved cases than new ones, so the number of active cases in the city actually dropped.
Ottawa's new drive-thru COVID-19 assessment centre is now taking appointments ahead of its Friday opening, according to The Ottawa Hospital.
The testing site is located at 300 Coventry Rd. in the parking lot of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (RCGT) Park. It will begin seeing patients tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., a hospital news release said Thursday.
The testing centre requires people to book online first at the Ottawa Public Health's website.
The closure of some National Capital Commission roadways in Ottawa and Gatineau Park to vehicles has been extended until the last weekend of September to encourage distanced exercise and active transportation.
Queen Elizabeth Driveway will reopen to vehicles on weekdays starting Tuesday. The closures in Gatineau Park will end Friday, Sept. 25.
They're meant to promote active transportation and give people more room to move around safely during the pandemic.
We've put together an in-depth breakdown of back to school plans for every board and service centre in the region.
How many cases are there?
There have been 3,009 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the start of the pandemic: 199 known active cases, 2,543 cases considered resolved and a total of 267 deaths related to the illness.
Overall, public health officials have reported more than 4,600 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 3,900 resolved.
COVID-19 has killed 103 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 people have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 33 in the Outaouais and 18 in other parts of eastern Ontario.
What's open and closed?
Ontario is in Stage 3 of its reopening plan, which means more businesses are open including dine-in restaurants and movie theatres.
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Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 are now allowed in that province but attendees must follow physical distancing guidelines.
Schools have started coming back in both provinces.
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The Canadian Museum of Nature reopens with pandemic changes starting on Saturday.
Rue Jacques-Cartier in Gatineau reopens to vehicles Tuesday. That same day, a new Ontario rule formally removes time limits on caregiver visits to long-term care homes.
PR Transpo transit service in Prescott-Russell resumes Sept. 14.
Distancing and isolating
The novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.
People don't need to have symptoms to be contagious.
That means physical distancing measures such as working from home, meeting others outdoors as much as possible and keeping distance from anyone you don't live with or have in their circle, including when you have a mask on.
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Masks are also recommended outdoors when you can't stay the proper distance from others.
Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.
In Ontario, that's the same period of self-isolation for anyone with symptoms. When self-isolating, only leave home or see other people if it's critically important, such as to go see a doctor.
Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days if they have not had a fever for at least 48 hours and has had no other symptom for at least 24 hours.
Health Canada recommends those people, older adults and people with underlying medical conditions 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 cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell.
Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pinkeye. 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 be tested at one of three sites.
The Brewer Arena test site will be closed on Labour Day.
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.
In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area, there is a drive-thru centre in Casselman that can handle 200 tests a day and assessment centres in Hawkesbury and Winchester that don't require people to call ahead.
Others in Alexandria, Rockland and Cornwall require an appointment.
In Kingston, the Leon's Centre is hosting the city's test site. Find it at Gate 2.
Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call for an appointment.
You can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the centre and in Picton by texting or calling. Only Belleville and Trenton run seven days a week.
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 at the Memorial Centre and testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment.
Almonte's site will be closed Monday.
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Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor and those 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.
It's testing in five communities this week with an appointment.
In western Quebec:
Outaouais residents now can get a walk-in test in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond. Wait times mean you may be assigned a time to come back if the centre is busy.
There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.
They can call 1-877-644-4545 to make an appointment or if they have other questions.
It has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only. Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons 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. Face coverings are now mandatory in its public buildings.
People in Pikwakanagan can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. It lifted its state of emergency in late August.
Kitigan Zibi plans on starting to open schools and daycares next month.
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.