What’s the latest?
Some schools in western Quebec will host vaccination clinics as part of a nationwide effort to provide at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to every child between the ages of five and 11 before the winter break.
The Western Quebec School Board says it has been planning Health Canada’s approval of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for young children for several months with the two local health authorities in its catchment area.
Ski slopes in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau area say season passes are already going fast – or are already gone.
With few other activities open to the public in 2020, families turned to the slopes to get out in the open, and skiing saw an increase in popularity that remains stable this season.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) on Friday reported 39 more cases of COVID-19, but no deaths.
How many cases are there?
As of Friday, Ottawa has had 31,578 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 365 known active cases, while 30,599 cases are considered resolved and 614 people have died from the disease.
Public health officials have reported more than 58,700 COVID-19 cases in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 56,800 cases now resolved. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 226 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 223.
Akwesasne has had more than 1,050 residents tested positive for COVID-19 and has reported 14 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg has had 34 cases and one death. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory has had 21 cases and one death. Pikwakanagan have not had any cases.
CBC Ottawa profiles those who died of COVID-19. If you would like to share your loved one’s story, thank you make contact.
What are the rules?
There are no capacity constraints for most venues that require proof of vaccination, nor for outdoor organized events.
The plan is to repeal public health measures in stages until March 2022, with the next step paused until at least December, when officials monitor some rising trends.
The limits for private gatherings are 25 people inside and 100 people outside.
The province’s vaccine passport is required for people of a legitimate vaccine age in many public places. People can show paper, PDF or QR code proof.
According to its green zone rules, 10 people are allowed to gather in private homes and 20 people outdoors – which rises to 50 if they play sports.
There are no capacity restrictions for venues in Quebec with allocated seats and restaurants.
The prime minister said in October that the state of emergency, which gives the government special powers, would be lifted once children aged five to 11 are vaccinated.
A vaccine passport is in place for most people from the age of 13 and up in many public spaces. People can use an app or view paper proofreading; people from out of the province can show evidence from their province, territory or country.
Other groups in the region are also coming out with their own COVID-19 vaccine policies, including for staff and visitors.
What can I do?
COVID-19 is spread primarily through droplets that can hang in the air. People can be infected without symptoms, even after receiving a vaccine.
This means that it is important to take precautions such as staying home while you are sick – and getting help for the costs if necessary – keeping your hands and surfaces clean and considering distancing yourself from everyone you do not live with. .
Masks, preferably those that sit tight and have three layers, are mandatory in indoor public environments in Ontario and Quebec and are recommended in crowded outdoor areas.
When and how long to isolate may vary in Quebec and Ontario and depending on vaccination status.
Health Canada recommends that older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands and have supplies if they need to be isolated.
Travelers must now be vaccinated to board a plane, train or naval vessel in Canada. Partially vaccinated travelers can present proof of a valid COVID-19 molecular test until November 29th.
The United States has reopened its border with Canada. It requires that all travelers – land, air and water – be fully vaccinated. Some people with mixed doses will be allowed and it will not require a recent test.
People must be fully vaccinated, tested and pre-approved to enter Canada. Rules for trips under 72 hours are expected to be changed soon.
The prime minister said in late October that he was “very confident” that countries around the world would accept provincial or territorial evidence of vaccination.
Vaccines slow down the spread of all variants of COVID-19 and go a long way towards avoiding deaths and hospitalizations without offering total protection.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been considered safe and approved in Canada.
The two most common are approved for adolescents as young as 12. Health Canada is expected to announce the approval of the first vaccine for children as young as five tomorrow.
Canada’s vaccine task force says people can wait three to 16 weeks between first and second doses, and it is safe and effective to mix doses.
Ontario and Quebec give certain groups third doses.
More than 3.6 million COVID-19 first, second and third vaccine doses have been administered in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region, which has about 2.3 million inhabitants.
Ontario is vaccinating everyone who turns 12 or older by 2021. It has not yet shared all the details of its plans for younger children.
People can look for provincial appointments online or over the phone at 1-833-943-3900. Pharmacies and some GPs offer vaccines through their own booking systems.
Local health care providers have some flexibility, so check their websites for details. They offer doses at short notice as campaigns appear to fill gaps in vaccine coverage and cover extended third-dose eligibility.
The province has recommended people under 24 to get the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine because the Moderna Spikevax vaccine carries a mild risk of a rare heart disease.
Anyone aged 12 and over can book an appointment or visit a fixed or mobile clinic. Nor has this province shared its response to the expected justification change.
Symptoms and tests
COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection with common symptoms including fever, cough, headache, vomiting and loss of taste or smell.
“Long-distance” symptoms can last for several months.
Call 911 if you have severe symptoms.
Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic, and resources are available to help.
In Eastern Ontario:
Ontario says you should be tested by making an appointment at a clinic if you meet certain criteria, such as having symptoms, exposure, or a particular job. Ask your healthcare provider for clinic locations and opening hours.
Officials in Ottawa and Kingston have said they see more people coming to its sites after having symptoms for several days. Since delaying tests can increase the risk of spread, they ask people not to wait.
People without symptoms, but who are part of the province’s targeted testing strategy, can book appointments at selected pharmacies, which will soon be able to test people with symptoms.
Rapid and home tests are available in some locations, including pharmacies and some childcare environments, when the risk is high. A positive test will trigger a test at a clinic.
Travelers who need a test have local options to pay for one.
In western Quebec:
Tests are highly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.
People can make an appointment or see if they are near an option online. They can also call 1-877-644-4545 with questions during the hours the line is running.
Gargle tests are offered in some places instead of a cotton swab.
Rapid COVID-19 tests are available in all Quebec preschools and elementary schools.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis:
First Nations, Inuit and Métis people or anyone traveling to work in a remote native community are eligible for a test in Ontario.
Akwesasne has COVID-19 test and vaccine clinics, with information online or at 613-575-2341.
People in Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg can call the health center at 819-449-5593 to get a test or vaccine; e-mail is another option for vaccine booking.
Tests are available in Pikwakanagàn by calling 613-625-1175 and vaccines (including third doses) at 613-625-2259 extension 225 or by email.
Anyone in Tyendinaga whoever is interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 and should see the website for dedicated vaccine clinics.
Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing and vaccines, at Inuktitut or English on weekdays.