COVID-19 live updates: ICU admissions rise as Quebec reports 517 cases, 2 deaths
Updated throughout the day on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Questions/comments: [email protected] Top updates Trudeau exploits O’Toole’s split on vaccines as parliament reconvenes Ontario to allow pharmacies to offer symptomatic COVID-19 testing Dubé cancels Sept-Îles event after report of possible gunman Moderna asks Health Canada to authorize vaccine for children 6 to 11 ICU admissions rise as Quebec reports 517 cases, 2 deaths Quebecers 80 and older can book booster-shot appointments as of today Quebec suspends more than 200 unvaxxed health workers who won’t get tested ‘Let’s learn from our mistakes,’ coroner tells Arruda during CHSLD inquest The office Christmas party
© Hugo Belanger/Radio-Canada People walk through downtown Ottawa on Nov. 10, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What's the latest?
There are two confirmed cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Ottawa, the Ontario government announced Sunday. The variant of concern was reported in individuals who had recently travelled from Nigeria and both patients are isolating, according to a statement.
Working from home throughout the pandemic has provided employees who are Black, Indigenous and people of colour a mental break from dealing with microaggressions in the workplace. With many employers now beginning to consider the return to work in person, that feeling of safety is threatened.
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Given all the protocols the team had in place, Ottawa Senators associate coach Jack Capuano never thought he'd come down with COVID-19.
This month, the physically fit and fully-vaccinated Capuano — along with 10 of the team's players, all immunized as well — tested positive for the coronavirus. The outbreak led the NHL to decide Nov. 15 to postpone three of the Ottawa Senators' games, in the hopes the situation would clear up. Capuano was by far the sickest, and at one point ended up in a hospital emergency room.
Public health officials are asking anyone who attended a wedding reception at the Italo-Canadian Club in Kingston, Ont., on Nov. 20 between 6:30 and 11:30 p.m. to get tested immediately for COVID-19. Anyone who is unvaccinated and was at the reception must isolate until Wednesday.
COVID-19 live updates: Unlike Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba ready to roll out vaccines for kids 5-11
Updated throughout the day on Monday, Nov. 22. Questions/comments: [email protected] Top updates Quebec will unveil plan to vaccinate kids 5-11 on Tuesday, Legault says Reader mailbag: Why aren’t Quebec health workers eligible for boosters Some Quebec women still struggling with names on vaccine passports PQ demands public inquiry into government’s pandemic response Hospitalizations rise as Quebec reports 692 new cases, 2 deaths Unlike Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba ready to roll out vaccines for kids 5-11 Quebecers 70+ can now book appointments for booster shots Plane carrying COVID-19 vaccine doses for kids touches down in Canada Neglected No More: Hard pandemic
Another 61 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ottawa on Sunday. It's the highest single-day case total reported by Ottawa Public Health (OPH) in two months.
How many cases are there?
As of Sunday, Ottawa has had 31,943 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 345 known active cases, while 30,980 cases are considered resolved and 618 people have died from the illness.
Ottawa-Gatineau area confirmed COVID-19 cases
Public health officials have reported more than 59,600 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 57,500 cases now resolved. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 230 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 223.
Akwesasne has had more than 1,100 residents test 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 24 cases and one death. Pikwakanagan hasn't had any cases.
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What are the rules?
There are no capacity restrictions for most places that require proof of vaccination, nor for outdoor organized events.
The plan is to lift public health measures in stages until March 2022, with the next step paused until at least mid-December as officials monitor some rising trends.
Private gathering limits are 25 people inside and 100 people outside.
Health units can change rules — Renfrew County has done that for isolation and the Kingston area for indoor gatherings, school symptoms and indoor sports.
The province's vaccine passport is required for people age 12 and up in many public places. It won't be required for younger kids now that they're eligible for a dose. People can show paper, PDF or QR code proof.
Ten people are allowed to gather inside private residences and 20 people outdoors — which increases to 50 if playing sports. There are no capacity limits for Quebec venues with assigned seats and restaurants.
Quebec Premier François Legault says the more people respect current gathering rules, the more likely it is they can be loosened for the holidays.
COVID live updates: Opposition blasts Legault for mixed messages on Christmas gatherings
Updated throughout the day on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Questions/comments: [email protected] Top updates Live: Federal officials provide update on Canada’s response to Omicron variant Video: Under fire from opposition, Legault says his government’s cooperating with coroner’s CHSLD inquiry BioNTech CEO says vaccine likely to protect against severe COVID from Omicron FAQ: What we know so far about the Omicron variant ‘We will listen to public health’ on Christmas gatherings, Legault says People 60+ should avoid international travel due to Omicron threat, WHO says PQ, Liberals accuse Legault government of obstructing CHSLD inquiry Opposition blasts Legault for mixed message
A vaccine passport is in place for most people age 13 and up in many public spaces. People can use an app or show paper proof. It won't apply to younger kids.
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 primarily spreads through droplets that can hang in the air. People can be contagious without symptoms, even after getting a vaccine.
This means it is important to take precautions such as staying home while sick — and getting help with costs if needed — keeping hands and surfaces clean and considering distancing from anyone you don't live with.
Masks, preferably medical or surgical ones, are mandatory in indoor public settings in Ontario and Quebec and recommended in crowded outdoor areas. © Trevor Pritchard/CBC A person wearing a mask stands near a downtown Ottawa bus shelter on Nov. 12, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When and how long to self-isolate can vary in Quebec and Ontario and by vaccination status.
Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands and have supplies in case they need to isolate.
Travellers must now be vaccinated to board a plane, train or marine vessel in Canada. Today is the last day partially vaccinated travellers can show proof of a valid COVID-19 molecular test. As of Tuesday, the unvaccinated will not be eligible to travel, except for limited exemptions.
COVID updates, Dec. 3: Quebec will announce booster timeline for people 50+ next week, Dubé says
Updated throughout the day on Friday, Dec. 3. Questions/comments: [email protected] Top updates Prior infection little defence against Omicron mutation, South Africa study says Will COVID-19 vaccines have to be updated for Omicron? Video: Is Quebec behind other provinces in rolling out third vaccine doses? Canada buying up to 1.5 million courses of oral antiviral drugs to fight COVID-19 Quebec will announce plan to offer boosters to people 50+ next week, Dubé says Give boosters to people 50+, health care workers, federal committee says Quebec reports 2 deaths, 1,355 new cases – most since April With holidays approaching, is Quebec set for a repeat of last year? Quebec
People have to be fully vaccinated, tested and pre-approved to enter Canada. Rules for trips under 72 hours change on Tuesday and the list of approved vaccines has expanded. Rules for younger kids also change now that they're eligible for a vaccine.
The U.S. requires all travellers — land, air and water — to be fully vaccinated. Some people with mixed doses will be allowed and it won't require a recent test.
The prime minister said in late October he's "very confident" countries around the world will accept provincial or territorial proof of vaccination.
Vaccines curb the spread of all variants of COVID-19 and go a long way toward avoiding deaths and hospitalizations, without offering total protection. Four COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and approved in Canada.
Health Canada has approved Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine for children as young as five. Doses for kids age five to 11 will be given at least eight weeks apart in both local provinces.
It's possible even younger children could have an approved vaccine early in 2022, according to Canada's chief public health officer.
Ontario and Quebec are giving certain groups third doses.
There have been more than 3.6 million COVID-19 first, second and third vaccine doses administered in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region, which has about 2.3 million residents.
Ontario is vaccinating anyone born in 2016 and earlier.
People can look for provincial appointments online or over the phone at 1-833-943-3900.
Local health units have some flexibility, so check their websites for details. They offer doses on short notice as campaigns look to fill gaps in vaccine coverage and cover expanded eligibility.
Who plays on 'Monday Night Football' tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 14 game
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Pharmacies and some family doctors offer vaccines through their own booking systems.
The province has recommended people under 24 get the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine because the Moderna Spikevax vaccine brings a mild risk of a rare heart condition.
Anyone who is five and older can get an appointment or visit a permanent or mobile walk-in clinic.
Clinics for newly eligible children will operate in schools and kids will need written consent from a parent to be vaccinated there.
Siblings can be booked together in a single time slot and parents can check a box to signal if their child is nervous about the process.
Symptoms and testing
COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, headache, vomiting and loss of taste or smell.
"Long-haul" symptoms can last for months.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic, and resources are available to help.
Ontario says to get tested by making an appointment at a clinic if you fit certain criteria. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and hours.
Select pharmacies can now test people with symptoms, along with certain people without symptoms.
Rapid and take-home tests are available in some places, including pharmacies and some child-care settings when risk is high. A positive test will trigger a follow-up test.
Officials in some areas say they're seeing more people coming to its sites after having symptoms for several days and delaying getting tested, sometimes spreading COVID in the meantime.
Travellers who need a test have local options to pay for one.
Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.
People can make an appointment or see if they're near a walk-in option online. They can also call 1-877-644-4545 with questions during hours the line is running.
Gargle tests are being offered in some places instead of a swab.
Rapid COVID-19 tests are available in all Quebec preschools and elementary schools.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, or someone travelling 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 centre at 819-449-5593 for a test or vaccine; email is another option for vaccine booking.
Tests are available in Pikwàkanagàn by calling 613-625-1175 and vaccines (including third doses) at 613-625-2259 extension 225 or by email.
Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 and should watch 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, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.
What time is the NFL game tonight? TV schedule, channel for Rams vs. Cardinals in Week 14 .
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