What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Monday, Sept. 7

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Monday, Sept. 7

Recent developments: 

  • Another person has died of COVID-19 in western Quebec.
  • Ottawa has 25 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases; its active case count is unchanged.
  • Some parents are still waiting on refunds for a March Break trip cancelled because of COVID-19.
  • Tomorrow brings changes to road closures and Ontario caregiver visits.

What’s the latest?

Another person’s death in western Quebec has been linked to COVID-19, according to the local health unit’s Monday update.

It’s that area’s 34th victim and its first death since late June.

Ottawa logged 25 newly confirmed and 25 newly resolved COVID-19 cases today.

Some parents and students at Merivale High School say they’ve been waiting almost seven months for a refund on a March Break trip to Italy that was cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak there. 

Rue Jacques-Cartier in Gatineau and the Queen Elizabeth Driveway both reopen to vehicles tomorrow. The driveway will close to vehicles on weekends the rest of the month.

Also on Tuesday, a new Ontario rule formally removes time limits on caregiver visits to long-term care homes, and eight Ottawa arenas will be available again for rentals.

How many cases are there?

There have been 3,098 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the start of the pandemic. As of Monday, there were 211 known active cases, 2,620 cases considered resolved and 267 deaths related to the illness.

Overall, public health officials have reported more than 4,700 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 4,000 cases considered resolved.

COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 people have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 34 in the Outaouais and 18 in other parts of eastern Ontario.

What’s open and closed?

We’ve put together an in-depth breakdown of back to school plans for every board and service centre in the region. Five more boards start tomorrow.

Ontario is in Stage 3 of its reopening plan, which means more businesses are open including dine-in restaurants and movie theatres.

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.

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Kingston, Ont., has tightened its distancing rules in city parks because of what the city says has been risky behaviour.

People wear masks as they take out rental kayaks at Dows Lake in Ottawa on the Labour Day long weekend, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Quebec has similar reopening rules, with its cap on physically distanced gatherings in public venues now up to 250 people, allowing smaller festivals.

PR Transpo transit service in Prescott-Russell resumes Sept. 14.

Frosh week is clicking off this year, with almost all events happening online. We check in with student unions at uOttawa and Carleton to find out what new students can expect. 10:51

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.

City of Kingston staff close the Gord Downie pier at Lake Ontario Sept. 5, 2020 after people failed to social distance while at Breakwater Park’s beach area. The rest of the park is open. (Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press)

Masks are now mandatory in indoor public settings in all of eastern Ontario and Quebec, including transit services and taxis in some areas.

Masks are also recommended outdoors when you can’t stay the proper distance from others.

WATCH | Concerns, again, about a long weekend:

Canadians are enjoying the last summer long weekend, but not all of them are abiding by COVID-19 safety protocols, especially young people. Experts predict a spike in cases following Labour Day gatherings. 3:21

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.

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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. 

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 four sites — including a new drive-thru testing centre that launched Friday morning.

The Brewer Arena test site is closed today.

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 hand sanitizer dispenser is seen on the platform at the Bayview LRT station in Ottawa on Sept. 3, 2020. (Trevor Pritchard/CBC)

In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area, there is a drive-thru centre in Casselman and assessment centres in Hawkesbury and Winchester that don’t require people to call ahead.

Others in Alexandria, Rockland and Cornwall require an appointment.

All are closed on Labour Day.

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 ahead.

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 is closed today.

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.

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It’s testing in six communities this week with an appointment.

We check in with the directors of education for two of the school boards in the area around Ottawa. 12:45

In western Quebec:

Outaouais residents now can get a walk-in test in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond, though it’s closed today for the holiday.

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.

WATCH | Reaction to Quebec’s school case numbers:

With students returning to school across most of Canada, there have already been problems with COVID-19 infecting both teachers and students. In Quebec, which has already reported dozens of cases, health experts call the back-to-school plan inadequate, and warn that the spread of COVID-19 could accelerate quickly. 1:59

First Nations:

Akwesasne has had 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Most are linked back to a gathering on an island with a non-resident who wasn’t showing symptoms at the time.

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. Its office and well-being centre will be open by appointment, with bookings starting Sept. 14.

People in Pikwakanagan can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. While its powwow has been cancelled this year, their traditional feast is happening as a drive-thru on Sunday afternoon.

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