What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Monday, March 1
Key updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the region
- Eligible people can now book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Ottawa.
- The capital is reporting 65 more COVID-19 cases and one more death.
- Three local health units will test out Ontario's vaccine portal.
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What's the latest?
Ottawans in certain neighbourhoods who were born in or before 1941 or are an adult getting home care for a chronic illness can now call 613-691-5505 to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. People can check online to see if they're eligible, and only those who are should call that number to keep the line clear.
Ontario's website for booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments will begin a "soft launch" in six public health units this week, three of them in eastern Ontario. The wide launch is expected March 15.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) recorded 65 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and one more death.
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How many cases are there?
As of Monday, 14,770 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are currently 510 known active cases, 13,820 resolved cases and 440 deaths.
Public health officials have reported more than 26,200 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 24,500 resolved cases.
Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 130 people have died of COVID-19, and 160 people have died in western Quebec.
Akwesasne has had more than 240 residents test positive on the Canadian side of the border and seven deaths. Kitigan Zibi has had 21 confirmed cases and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory has had six, with one death.
What can I do?
Restaurants, gyms, personal care services, theatres and non-essential businesses are open across eastern Ontario. Most sports can also resume.
Social gatherings can have up to 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors. Organized events can be larger.
People are asked to only have close contact with people they live with, be masked and distanced for all other in-person contact and only travel for essential reasons, especially between differently coloured zones.
Both Ottawa Public Health and the EOHU are orange under the province's colour-coded pandemic scale.
Renfrew County's health unit has given multiple warnings that private gatherings are a problem and could cause stricter rules.
That area's new curfew hours are 9:30 p.m. until 5 a.m.
The exception is Grenville-sur-la-Rouge and part of the surrounding area, which remains in red.
Like in Ontario, people are asked not to see anyone they don't live with in person and travel from one region of Quebec to another is discouraged.
Distancing and isolating
This means it is important to take precautions now and in the months to come like staying home while symptomatic — and getting help with costs if needed — keeping hands and frequently touched surfaces clean and maintaining distance from anyone you don't live with, even with a mask on.
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OPH says residents should also wear masks outside their homes whenever possible.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate, as should those who've been ordered to do so by their public health unit. The length varies in Quebec and Ontario; the latter recently updated its rules, including in schools.
Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible and get help with errands.
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Symptoms and vaccines
COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and loss of taste or smell. Children can develop a rash.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
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About 85,000 doses have been given out since mid-December, including about 50,500 doses in Ottawa and 13,300 in western Quebec.
Ontario's first doses generally went to care home residents and health-care workers. and it's now expanding into parts of the general public.
Ontarians who are eligible can book appointments online or over the phone starting March 15. Vaccines are expected to be widely available in August.
Local health units have some flexibility in the larger framework, so check with them for specifics.
Appointments are now available.
Reminder: we are currently using automated phone calls to contact Ottawa's home-care patients in some higher-priority neighbourhoods who are soon able to get their vaccine.<br><br>If you get a call, kindly answer & follow the instructions. Thank you. <a href="https://t.co/oVsPNDAhNU">https://t.co/oVsPNDAhNU</a> <a href="https://t.co/877neMALl3">pic.twitter.com/877neMALl3</a>—@OttawaHealth
Many eastern Ontario vaccine clinic locations are in the same communities as test sites and none are open yet for the general public.
Another milestone! Vaccines began today at Loyalist College (by appointment only for those who have been invited to book) as Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out continues. <a href="https://t.co/UyzkM9h6df">https://t.co/UyzkM9h6df</a>—@HPEPublicHealth
Quebec is giving a single dose to as many people as possible, starting with people in care homes and health-care workers.
It moves to older adults outside care homes starting March 10 in western Quebec's six clinics, then essential workers and finally the general public. People who qualify can make an appointment online or over the phone.
Quebecers should get their second dose within 90 days.
Where to get tested
In eastern Ontario:
Anyone seeking a test should book an appointment.
People without symptoms but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy can make an appointment at select pharmacies. Travellers who need a test have very few local options to pay for one.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has sites in Alexandria, Casselman, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Rockland and Winchester.
People can arrange a test in Picton over the phone or in Bancroft, Belleville and Trenton, where online booking is preferred.
Renfrew County test clinic locations are posted weekly. Residents can also call their family doctor or 1-844-727-6404 with health questions.
In western Quebec:
Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.
There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Maniwaki and Petite-Nation.
Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis:
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.
Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing and now vaccines, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.
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.