- Ottawa Public Health reported another 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the city’s total to 2,208 since the start of the pandemic.
- This is the first weekend Ottawa and the rest of eastern Ontario have been in Stage 3.
- Fitness studios, gyms, karaoke bars and dine-in restaurants are among the businesses that can reopen, while playgrounds in city parks are now available to be used.
- Masks are now mandatory in public spaces across western Quebec.
- The latest COVID-19-related shortage appears to be certain types of lumber, including cedar and pressure-treated wood.
What’s the latest?
This is the first weekend Ontario is in Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan. That means people can dine in at restaurants and bars, check out a movie at the cinema or workout on a treadmill at a gym.
Indoor gatherings of up to 50 and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 are also allowed, but people must continue to practise physical distancing.
If you were planning to start building a deck or fence this weekend, you may be out of luck finding the type of wood you want. Both cedar and pressure-treated wood are in low supply.
The National Art Gallery reopened yesterday and is offering free admission throughout the weekend. Going forward, it will be open Thursdays through Sundays.
In the Outaouais, mask usage is now mandatory in all indoor public spaces for the vast majority of people 12 and older. It’s a provincewide mandate that coincides with the start of Quebec’s two-week construction holiday.
The federal government has said it’s not OK for the Blue Jays to play ball in Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic, which means no major league baseball games this year in Canada.
How many cases are there?
There have been another seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa for a total of 2,208 since the pandemic began, according to Saturday’s report from Ottawa Public Health. The number of deaths remains at 263. The vast majority of cases in the city, 1,855, are classified as resolved.
Gatineau has reported a total of 542 cases.
Kingston health officials reported one new case of COVID-19 Friday, but none on Saturday. The newest case is connected to an outbreak in June that was mainly related to local nail salons. It’s the first case in the region since July 5.
In all, public health officials have reported more than 3,500 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, and more than 3,000 are resolved.
COVID-19 has killed 102 people outside Ottawa: 52 in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 17 in other parts of eastern Ontario and 33 in the Outaouais.
The last coronavirus-related death in the region was June 25, according to the health units.
What’s open and closed?
Ottawa is now in Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan. Indoor, distanced gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, as they are in Quebec, and gatherings of up to 100 people outside are permitted.
Under Stage 3, movie theatres can open, playgrounds are no longer off-limits and indoor dining in restaurants is allowed.
The National Gallery of Canada will reopen Thursdays to Sundays. It officially reopened yesterday and is offering free admission all weekend.
Quebec’s back-to-school plans bring older students to classrooms again. Ontario has put three options for next school year on the table, while post-secondary schools are moving toward more online classes in September.
Distancing and isolating
The coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People don’t need to have symptoms to be contagious.
That means physical distancing measures such as working from home and in Ontario, staying at least two metres away from anyone they don’t live with or have in their circle.
Ottawa’s medical officer of health said in mid-July people should be ready for COVID-19 social restrictions well into 2021 or 2022.
Anyone who has symptoms or travelled recently outside Canada must self-isolate for at least 14 days.
Specifically in Ottawa, anyone waiting for a COVID-19 test result must self-isolate at least until they know the result.
The same goes for anyone in Ontario who’s been in contact with someone who’s tested positive or is presumed to have COVID-19.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly urges self-isolation for individuals who have weakened immune systems and Ottawa Public Health recommends people over 70 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 dry cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell.
Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pinkeye. The Ontario government says in rare cases, 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 now be tested at one of three sites.
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.
Testing has also expanded for local residents and employees who work in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area.
There is a drive-thru test 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.
In Kingston, the Leon’s Centre is now hosting the city’s test site. Find it at Gate 2.
Napanee‘s test centre is open daily for people who call for an appointment.
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.
The public health unit in the Belleville area is asking people to call it, their family doctor or Telehealth if they have symptoms or questions.
You can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the centre and in Picton by texting or calling.
Renfrew County is also providing pop-up and home testing under some circumstances.
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.
In western Quebec:
Outaouais residents should call 1-877-644-4545 if they have symptoms for further assistance, which can include an appointment for a test.
Local communities have declared states of emergency, put in a curfew or both.
Anyone in Tyendinaga who’s interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse. Face coverings are now mandatory in its public buildings.
Both councils plan to start up more services next week, though Akwesasne is not opening sports facilities yet.
Pikwakanagan resumed more services July 13.
Kitigan Zibi is planning for an Aug. 29 election with changes depending on the status of the pandemic at that time.
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Their announcement followed on the heels of news from two rivals in the global coronavirus vaccine race — Pfizer and Moderna — that their products appeared to be 95 per cent effective in phase-three trials.
The promising results are better than expected. But all require two doses, with a gap of 21 days for Pfizer’s product and 28 days for the other two.
It has to be done
In fact, of the seven vaccines in late-stage trials that the federal government has pre-ordered, only one, developed by Johnson & Johnson, needs just a single injection. It has yet to report any phase 3 results.
Adherence to multi-dose vaccinations is relatively good for young children, who typically have regular medical appointments and are guided by their parents, noted Wilson.
The research around adult vaccination is more sparse but the findings have a consistent theme, the word “suboptimal” appearing in many of the papers.
A 2009 U.S. study, for instance, found that only 40-50 per cent of people completed two-dose hepatitis A and varicella (chicken pox) vaccinations, the numbers falling even lower for teenagers and young adults.
A U.K. study published last year found that a mere 11 per cent of adults got the required two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine within one year, the number rising to just 23 per cent by 36 months. A similar U.S. study in 2018 suggested only 32 per cent of adults had obtained their second Hepatitis A injection within 42 months.
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Forty staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and health officials are working to determine if they are connected to the outbreak.
The hospital is not accepting new admissions, Fraser Health said, with the exception of the intensive care unit, maternity unit, and community palliative care.
Fraser Health declared an outbreak at the hospital on Nov. 9 after finding evidence of transmission in a medicine unit.
A fire at the hospital on Nov. 16 appears to have contributed to the outbreak, the health authority said, as patients had to be moved into different areas of the hospital during the blaze for their safety.
RCMP continue to investigate the cause of the fire.
Burnaby hospital emergency room temporarily closed after fire
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Golden Links Lodge addresses concerns over group activities held prior to COVID outbreak – CTV News Winnipeg
The COVID-19 outbreak at Golden Links Lodge in Winnipeg continues to grow, and now the care home is responding to questions about recreational activities that had been taking place inside the facility prior to the outbreak.
According to the latest numbers from the care home, there have been 53 cases among residents and 20 cases among care home staff.
The province said three people have died, leaving family members concerned about their loved ones.
On Nov. 15 Jordan Hanna found out his grandma tested positive for the disease.
“It’s a flood of fear,” said Hanna.
There have been more than 70 cases linked to Golden Links Lodge since an outbreak was declared on Nov. 11.
Photos posted on the Golden Links Facebook page on Nov. 6 show residents gathered inside the care home for a worship service. Three days later it showed them taking part in an exercise class. Activities Hanna feels are important but are too risky given the way the virus spreads.
“The seniors here are anywhere from 60 to 100 and they’re already stuck in one place for so long,” said Hanna. “It’s hard to deny them that entertainment or excitement or connection. So I think it has its place but definitely not right now.”
Provincial guidelines only say people in personal care homes who are isolating should not participate in group activities.
In an email to CTV News the care home’s CEO Marcy-Lynn Larner said there is no evidence any recreation activities have contributed to the outbreak.
Larner said contact tracing indicates the initial transmission is staff-related.
“Every attempt has always been made to ensure the well-being of our residents is always our priority while balancing meaningful stimulation and activity to our residents’ lives,” Larner said.
Like other long term care centres, the not-for-profit care home has been dealing with staffing shortages due to infections among workers.
Four City of Winnipeg paramedics and a district chief of operations responded to Golden Links last Thursday night as part of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s rapid response team. Full assessments were conducted on seven residents — one was taken to hospital.
The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service returned Friday, completed more assessments, and vowed to continue providing support when needed.
Emergency crews cleared the scene Friday night and have not been required to return, a WFPS spokesperson said Tuesday.
Hanna said it’s clear more help is needed and wants the military called in.
“So they can one, care for people — make sure that they’re attended to and also do what they did in Ontario and Quebec and start reviewing the best practices, how they’re handling things and provide a report,” said Hanna.
Last week Golden Links put out a call to families to help out with their loved ones at the care home.
Larner said a few families have been attending, while others enlisted support through an agency that provides companionship.
According to Larner, four residents are on what the care home describes as social leaves with their families.
Larner said staff have been working around the clock to care for residents who remain at Golden Links and promised to keep families updated.
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