What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 26
Key updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the region
- Four people have now died in an outbreak at Prescott and Russell Residence where the Red Cross is on site helping.
- A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
- Three more people with COVID-19 have died in the region.
- Ontario will table a budget next week.
- A coalition of Quebec fitness centres says they'll reopen Friday, no matter what.
What's the latest?
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 76 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and one more death. OPH has also declared an outbreak at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, where one person has tested positive.
Two more people with COVID-19 have died in western Quebec.
Ontario will table a budget next Thursday, Nov. 5. A plan to release a full budget in late March was scrapped as the pandemic took hold.
A coalition of Quebec gyms, yoga studios and other recreational activity centres are threatening to reopen at the end of the week, even if the province extends the 28-day partial lockdown in Montreal and Quebec City.
A total of four people at Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury, Ont., a long-term care home, have now died and more than 100 residents and staff have tested positive, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit said Monday.
The Red Cross and local paramedics are working in the home to support staff as it manages the outbreak. The health unit said staffing levels over the weekend, with the extra help, are now adequate.
How many cases are there?
As of Monday's update from OPH, 6,636 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
There are 713 known active cases, 5,606 resolved cases and 317 deaths.
Public health officials have reported More than 10,100 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 8,500 of them resolved.
Seventy-two people with COVID-19 have died elsewhere in eastern Ontario, along with 40 in western Quebec.
What can I do?
Both Ontario and Quebec are telling people to limit close contact only to those they live with or one other home if people live alone to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
In Ottawa — which has been rolled back to a modified Stage 2 — and Gatineau, Que., health officials are asking residents not to leave home unless it's essential.
New restrictions are now in effect in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit east of Ottawa, including limits on indoor dining and gym class sizes.
Indoor dining at restaurants has been prohibited, while gyms, cinemas and performing arts venues are all closed.
Dr. Vera Etches, the national capital's medical officer of health, said earlier this month the city's health-care system is on the verge of collapse.
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OPH and some eastern Ontario health units are urging people not to have a Halloween party with other households or go trick-or-treating.
The province's chief medical officer of health says Ontarians should listen to local officials, but as a rule of thumb, if trick-or-treating is allowed, people should stick to their neighbourhood and do it outside with their household only.
The health unit in the Belleville, Ont., area is both asking people not to trick-or-treat and telling them if they feel they must, how it can be done more safely.
Gatineau and parts of the Outaouais are on red alert, which means restaurants and bars can't serve people indoors, organized sports are suspended and theatres must close.
Quebecers are also urged not to travel to Ontario or between regions at different levels on its scale except for essential reasons.
Even though most of the region has been declared a red zone, Premier François Legault said kids can trick-or-treat as long as they don't go with friends and precautions are taken when giving out candy.
What about schools?
There have been more than 180 schools in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region with a confirmed case of COVID-19:
- Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
- Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario
- Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
- Ottawa Catholic School Board
Few have had outbreaks, which are declared by a health unit in Ontario when there's a reasonable chance someone who has tested positive caught COVID-19 during a school activity.
As of mid-October, a small fraction of Ottawa students and staff had tested positive.
Distancing and isolating
The novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.
People can be contagious without symptoms.
This means people should take precautions such as staying home when sick, keeping hands and frequently touched surfaces clean, socializing outdoors as much as possible and maintaining distance from anyone they don't live with — even with a mask on.
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Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible.
Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.
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 pink eye. Children can develop a rash.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic and resources are available to help.
Where to get tested
In eastern Ontario:
Ontario recommends only getting tested if you have symptoms, or if you've been told to by your health unit or the province.
Anyone seeking a test should now book an appointment. Different sites in the area have different ways to book, including over the phone or going in person to get a time slot.
Testing numbers have been lower than the groups running it would like and they want people to know there are often same-day appointments available.
People without symptoms, but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy, can make an appointment at select pharmacies.
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The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has sites in Alexandria, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Limoges, Rockland and Winchester.
People can arrange a test in Bancroft and Picton by calling the centre or Belleville and Trenton online.
Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor or 1-844-727-6404 for a test or with questions, COVID-19-related or not. Test clinic locations are posted weekly.
In western Quebec:
Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with symptoms.
Outaouais residents can make an appointment in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond or 617 avenue Buckingham.
They can now check the approximate wait time for the Saint-Raymond site.
There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.
Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.
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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.
Its council asks people who do trick-or-treat to do so from 3 to 7 p.m., not go far from their homes and follow the usual distancing and sanitizing recommendations.
People in Pikwakanagan can book a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259.
Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603.
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.
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.