- Ottawa reported 48 new cases of KOVID-19 on Saturday, while western Quebec confirmed 47 new cases – and two deaths.
- An MP from eastern Ontario who loudly opposes COVID-19 mask policies says one of his sons was arrested in a mask dispute in Perth, Ont.
- Two bars lost their alcohol licenses due to an alleged attack during the KOVID-19 inspection.
- Demand for home care services in Ottawa increased during the pandemic.
What is the latest?
Ottawa on Saturday reported 48 of the newly confirmed cases in the province, for 1,859.
Meanwhile, western Quebec recorded 47 more cases and two more deaths. The region has reported 3,687 cases and 85 deaths since the pandemic began.
As the demand for home care services increased during the KOVID-19 pandemic, nearly 3,000 people in Ottawa are waiting for home care from a personal worker or nurse.
Randy Hillier, an independent MP for Lanark-Frotenak-Kingston, said one of his sons was shocked with a stun gun and the other was accused of public intoxication following a dispute over KOVID-19 masks in Perth, Ont.
Hillier said they were at a bar on Foster Street when their drinking companion – who allegedly had a mask removal – was asked to leave.
Two licenses in Ottawa have had their licenses suspended after a police officer was allegedly assaulted during an inspection of KOVID-19, a claim disputed by the director general.
Sunday marks the anniversary of the 1989 attack that shortened the lives of 14 women at the Olecole Polytechnique in Montreal, and the pandemic means that most of this year’s ceremonies and rallies will be held online.
How many cases are there?
As of Saturday, 8,701 people had tested positive for KOVID-19 in Ottawa. 384 active cases, 7,938 resolved cases and 379 deaths related to KOVID-19 are known.
Public health officials reported more than 14,400 KOVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 12,900 resolved cases.
Ninety people died of COVID-19 elsewhere in eastern Ontario, along with 85 in western Quebec.
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What can I do?
Both Ontario and Quebec are urging people to do the same restrict close contact only with those with whom they live, or another home if people live alone to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Ontario says this will apply until the December holidays, with people living away from home, such as high school students, being asked to cut close contacts for 10 to 14 days before returning.
Travel from one region to another is discouraged throughout the area.
Ontario says people should not travel to a lower-level region than a higher-level region, and some lower-level health facilities want residents to stay prepared to stop the spread.
Ottawa is currently located in the orange zone of the five-color pandemic scale in Ontario, allowing organized gatherings and restaurants, gyms and theaters to bring people inside.
The city’s health officer told CBC Radio Morning in Ottawa On Thursday, the fall of KOVID-19 stabilized and Ottawa will not turn yellow this week on the scale of a pandemic in Ontario.
Three other health facilities in eastern Ontario are under yellow zone restrictions:
- Eastern Ontario Health Unit.
- Public Health of Kingston, Frotenac and Lennox and Adington (KFL and A).
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.
That means restaurant hours, table restrictions and capacity rules fall somewhere between those in Ottawa and the rest of eastern Ontario, which is currently green, the lowest level.
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In Gatino and the surrounding area, which is one of the red zones of Quebec, health authorities urge residents not to leave their homes unless it is essential.
There are no closed meals in restaurants and gyms, cinemas and arts venues are closed.
The rest of western Quebec is orange, allowing for private gatherings of up to six people and organized up to 25 more in seating areas.
Its rules will not be relaxed until mid-January at the earliest.
What about schools?
There were about 200 schools in the wider Ottawa-Gatino region with a confirmed case of KOVID-19:
Few have experienced epidemics, declared by the Ontario Health Unit, when there is a reasonable chance that someone who tested positive could catch KOVID-19 during a school activity.
Distance and isolation
The new coronavirus is primarily spread through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or talks to someone or something. These drops can hang in the air.
Humans can be contagious without symptoms.
This means that people need to take precautions, such as staying home when they are sick, keeping their hands and frequent contact areas clean, socializing outdoors as much as possible, and staying away from anyone they do not live with – even with mask.
Ontario has abandoned its concept of social circles.
The masks are mandatory in indoor public settings in Ontario and Quebec and should be worn outdoors when people cannot distance themselves from others. Three-layer non-medical masks with a filter are recommended.
Anyone with symptoms of KOVID-19 should be self-isolated, as well as those ordered by their local public health unit. The duration depends on the circumstances in both Ontario and Quebec.
Anyone who has recently traveled outside of Canada must go home and stay there for 14 days.
Health Canada recommends that older adults and people with a medical condition and / or weakened immune system stay home as long as possible.
What are the symptoms of KOVID-19?
COVID-19 may vary from a cold-like illness to severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, cough, vomiting, and loss of taste or smell.
Less common symptoms include fever, headache, and pink eye. Children can develop a rash.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
Mental health can be both affected by a pandemic and resources are available for help.
Where to test
In eastern Ontario:
Anyone looking for a test you need to make an appointment.
Ontario recommends testing only if you have symptoms or if you have been told by your health unit or province.
People without symptoms but who are part of a targeted testing strategy in the province can make an appointment at selected pharmacies.
Ottawa has nine permanent test ranges, with mobile pages wherever the demand is particularly high. Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury also announced that Vanier now has a new temporary page, open Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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The Kingston test site is on Bukhrov complex. The other page of the area is in Napani.
People can organize a test in Bancroft and Picton by calling the center or Belleville and Trenton over the Internet.
On Health Unit in Eastern Ontario has locations in Alexandria, Cornwall, Hawksbury, Limoges, Rockland and Winchester. The Limoges site closes on December 11 and reopens in Kasselman on December 14.
On Leeds, Grenville and Lanark the health unit has permanent locations in Almonte, Brockville, Campville and Smith Falls and a mobile site test site for smaller communities.
Residents of Renfru County should contact their GP or 1-844-727-6404 for a test or questions related to KOVID-19 or not. Locations for test clinics are published weekly.
In western Quebec:
The tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with symptoms.
Outauta’s Owners You can make an appointment in Gatino seven days a week on Blvd. 135. St. Raymond or 617 Buckingham Avenue.
They can now check the approximate waiting time for the St. Raymond site.
There is periodic clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-de-Monts and Fort Coolong.
Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including whether testing is available nearby.
First Nations, Inuit and Metis:
Akwesasne had its most famous cases of COVID-19 with a pandemic in November. Her council is urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel and the curfew is back from 11pm to 5am.
Akvesane Schools and its Child Care Center Tsi Sinene are temporarily closed for face-to-face learning. It has COVID-19 test site available by appointment only.
Anyone returning to the community from the Canadian side of the international border, which is more than 100 miles away – or has visited Montreal – for non-essential reasons requires self-isolation for 14 days.
The Mohawks of Quinte Bay had their first confirmed case last month.
People in Pikvakanagan can book a KOVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259.
Everyone inside Tiendinaga who is interested in the test can call 613-967-3603.
Inuit in Ottawa can call the Aacusivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, on Inuktitut or in English on weekdays.