What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Wednesday, November 3rd

Recent developments:

What’s the latest?

The City of Ottawa’s spending plans for next year will be presented to the City Council today, and the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to thwart large in the final budget for this council’s term.

Ontario’s Chief of Health has an update on the third COVID-19 vaccine dose at. 13.00 ET. New national recommendations released Friday require a significant expansion.

This province’s ski resorts will be able to welcome guests on their slopes without asking for a vaccine pass or limiting the capacity of chair lifts. Quebec says vaccination passes are required to access its ski facilities, which have chair lifts

How many cases are there?

As of Tuesday, Ottawa has had 30,903 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 188 known active cases, while 30,111 cases are considered resolved and 604 people have died from the disease.

Public health officials have reported nearly 57,200 COVID-19 cases in eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 55,700 cases now resolved. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 220 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 223.

Akwesasne has had more than 1,000 residents tested positive for COVID-19 and has reported 12 deaths between its northern and southern sections.

Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg has had 34 cases and one death. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory has had 20 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?

Eastern Ontario:

The province’s vaccine passport is required for persons of a legitimate vaccine age in many settings. People can show paper, PDF or QR code proofs.

There are no capacity constraints for most places that require proof of vaccination or outdoor organized events.

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The plan is to repeal public health measures in stages, with the next in mid-November and the last in late March 2022.

The limits for private assembly are 25 people inside and 100 people outside.

Western Quebec

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 now restaurants.

Its next rule changes come on November 15 at places like schools, bars and gyms.

A man wearing a Trilby hat and mask as he walked along Bank Street last fall. (Andrew Lee / CBC)

The prime minister says the state of emergency pandemic, which gives the government special powers, will 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.

Quebecers can use an app or view paper samples; people from out of the province must show proof of paper. The province has a registration for use outside the province.

Other groups in the region are also coming out with their own COVID-19 vaccine policies, including for staff.

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. Variants of concern are more contagious and established.

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 someone you do not live with. .

Signs for COVID-19 protocols last winter at the Mount Pakenham ski slope just west of Ottawa. Ski slopes will have full capacity this season, with Quebec requiring a vaccine pass for slopes with chairlifts and Ontario not. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

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.

Health Canada recommends that older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should isolate themselves, just like those who have been ordered to do so by their public health unit. The length of self-isolation may vary in Quebec and Ontario and by vaccination status.

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.

There is federal guidance on what vaccinated people can do in different situations.

People are standing on an Ottawa sidewalk wearing masks in October 2020. (Andrew Lee / Radio-Canada)


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.

Fully vaccinated, tested and pre-approved individuals can come to Canada.

The United States will require all travelers to be fully vaccinated by Monday. Some people with mixed doses will be allowed and it will not require a recent test.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is “very confident” that countries around the world will accept Canadians’ provincial or territorial proof of vaccination.

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Four COVID-19 vaccines have been considered safe and approved in Canada.

The two most common are approved for young people as young as 12. Trial data are reviewed for the first shot for younger children, and the health authorities are well on their way to developing plans for whether they will be approved.

Canada’s vaccine task force says people can wait three to 16 weeks between the first and second doses, and mixing the first and second doses is safe and effective.

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.

Eastern Ontario

Ontario is vaccinating everyone who turns 12 or older by 2021.

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 units have flexibility, including for booking and third shots, so check their websites for details.

They offer doses at short notice as campaigns appear to fill gaps in vaccine coverage.

The province has recommended people aged 18 to 24 to get the Pfizer-BioNTech or Comirnaty vaccine because the Moderna or Spikevax vaccine carries a mild risk of a rare heart disease.

Western Quebec

Anyone aged 12 and over can book an appointment or visit a fixed or mobile clinic.

Symptoms and tests

COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection with common symptoms including fever, cough, runny nose, headache, vomiting and loss of taste or smell.

Children tend to have upset stomachs and / or rashes.

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:

Anyone applying for a COVID-19 test can book an appointment. Ask your healthcare provider about the clinic’s locations and opening hours.

Ontario says to be tested only if you meet certain criteria, such as having symptoms, exposure, or a particular job.

People without symptoms, but which are part of the province’s targeted testing strategy, can book an appointment at selected pharmacies.

Quick and home tests are available in some locations, including some childcare options when the risk is high. Travelers who need a test have a few 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 what their walk-in options are online. They can also call 1-877-644-4545 with questions.

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 indigenous 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, 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.

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