What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Monday, May 10
Key updates on COVID-19 in the region
- Ottawa is reporting 83 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths Monday.
- Ontario's health minister is suggesting the stay-at-home order will likely be extended.
- It expands its vaccination program this Tuesday and Thursday.
What's the latest?
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reporting 83 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths Monday. One of those deaths involves another person in their 40s.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott suggested Monday the province's stay-at-home order will likely be extended beyond May 20.
She also said people who received a first AstraZeneca-Oxford shot will likely get a second shot from a different company if scientific advisers allow it.
Thursday, the minimum age to book through the provincial system drops to 40.
How many cases are there?
As of Monday, 25,446 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 1,374 known active cases, 23,547 resolved cases and 525 deaths.
Public health officials have reported more than 46,400 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 43,300 resolved cases.
Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 181 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 205.
Akwesasne has had more than 670 residents test positive and 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
The transfer of COVID-19 patients from other regions to Ottawa hospitals continues. As of the most recent update Friday, there were 32 COVID-19 patients from other communities in Ottawa ICUs.
What can I do?
People should only leave home for essential reasons like getting groceries, seeking health care and exercising in their immediate area.
The vast majority of gatherings are prohibited. Exceptions include small activities with households and small religious services.
Most non-essential businesses can only offer curbside pickup. Access to malls is restricted and big-box stores can only sell essential items.
Gyms and personal care services are closed, while restaurants are only available for takeout and delivery.
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Premier François Legault has said the situation is critical in Gatineau and is asking people there to only leave home when it's essential.
High schools, gyms, theatres, personal care services and non-essential businesses are closed in Gatineau, the Pontiac and Collines-de-l'Outaouais.
Private gatherings are banned in those areas, except for a person who lives alone seeing one other household. Distanced outdoor exercise is allowed in groups up to eight people. The curfew is from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Vallée-de-la-Gatineau and Papineau are red zones with looser restrictions, meaning a 9:30 p.m. curfew and allowing secondary schools and non-essential businesses to reopen.
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 leave their immediate area for essential reasons — under threat of a fine if they go to a yellow or green zone.
Distancing and isolating
This means it is important to take precautions now and in the future like staying home while sick — and getting help with costs if needed — keeping hands and surfaces clean and maintaining distance from anyone you don't live with, even with a mask on.
OPH says residents should wear masks outside their homes whenever possible.
Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and approved in Canada.
Canada's task force said first doses offer such strong protection that people can wait up to four months to get a second.
More than 910,000 doses have been given out in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since mid-December, including about 420,000 doses to Ottawa residents and about 180,000 in western Quebec.
Our Napanee COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic has expanded! Pre-booked appointments will now be held in the main arena space. A big thank you to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StrathconaPaperCentre?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StrathconaPaperCentre</a> staff and our partners for making this possible. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VaccinateKFLA?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VaccinateKFLA</a> <a href="https://t.co/KEjlkIMIPa">pic.twitter.com/KEjlkIMIPa</a>—@KFLAPH
The province has opened up appointments for people age 18 and up in Ottawa's K1T, K1V and K2V "hot spot" postal codes.
Outside the provincial system, Ottawans in the city's priority neighbourhoods above age 18 and Indigenous people above age 16 can check for eligibility and pop-up clinics online with the city.
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People as young as age 40 can book through the province starting Thursday. Tomorrow, eligibility will include a wider range of health conditions and job types, such as transit and grocery store employees.
Ontario is speeding up the second dose for some groups, such as frontline health-care workers and Indigenous people.
Eligible for COVID-19 vaccine but unable to book an appointment? Register on our standby list from 4pm Saturday to 4pm Monday. You must be able to report to your preferred vaccination clinic within 30 minutes of being called by HPEPH. To sign up, visit <a href="https://t.co/7uJqjgnvl1">https://t.co/7uJqjgnvl1</a> <a href="https://t.co/82O1VTx3qs">pic.twitter.com/82O1VTx3qs</a>—@HPEPublicHealth
People who qualify can make an appointment online or over the phone. Pharmacists there have started giving shots with appointments through the province.
Symptoms and testing
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 tend to have an upset stomach and/or a rash.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
In eastern Ontario:
Anyone seeking a test should make an appointment. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and hours.
Ontario recommends only getting tested if you fit certain criteria, such as having symptoms, exposure or a certain job.
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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.
In western Quebec:
Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.
Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis:
First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, or someone travelling to work in a remote Indigenous community, are eligible for a test in Ontario.
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.
Tyendinaga's council is asking people not to travel there to camp or fish.
Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing and vaccines, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.
For more information
- Ottawa Public Health.
- Your 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.