- A sixth OC Transpo driver has tested positive for COVID-19 this month.
- The Ottawa Redblacks say they are committed to returning to the field in 2021 after the CFL cancelled this year.
- Quebec has seen its first COVID-19-related death of a person under 20 years old.
- Ottawa saw the highest daily count of new COVID-19 cases in a month Friday, with 36.
- Kingston is now cracking down on nuisance parties and noise bylaw infractions as part of its COVID-19 response.
- Child and youth counsellors at CHEO are calling for top-ups to their pay for working in hospital during the pandemic.
What's the latest?
Ottawa Public Health is reporting 36 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the highest daily count since July 21.
There are now 147 active cases of the illness in Ottawa. There was also one additional death in the city, for a total of 266.
Kingston, Ont., is ramping up enforcement of some of its bylaws in an effort to clamp down on risky behaviour during the pandemic. The city will now issue fines starting at $500 for nuisance parties and noise bylaw infractions.
Quebec is reporting its first death of a person under 20. Don Béni Kabangu Nsapu was 19 and did not have underlying health conditions.
The chairman for the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group posted a tweet Friday saying the league's decision to cancel this year's season was "heart wrenching" and said the team is "100 per cent" committed to play in 2021.
How many cases are there?
There have been 2,794 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began, with 147 active cases and 2,381 considered resolved. There have been 266 deaths related to the illness in Ottawa.
So far this month, six OC Transpo drivers have tested positive.
Kingston, which until now had no new cases in August, reported two new cases this week. The city now has two active COVID-19 cases and 109 people in the city and surrounding areas have recovered. Kingston has not reported any COVID-related deaths.
Overall, public health officials have reported more than 4,170 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 3,600 resolved.
COVID-19 has killed 102 people in the region outside Ottawa.
As of Aug. 14, 52 have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties. Additionally, 17 people have died in other parts of eastern Ontario and 33 in the Outaouais.
What's open and closed
Ottawa is in Stage 3 of Ontario's reopening plan, which means more businesses are open including dine-in restaurants and movie theatres.
Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 are now allowed in that province but attendees must follow physical distancing guidelines.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum reopened last week after a hiatus due to COVID-19, and the Canadian Museum of Nature is scheduled to reopen on Sept. 5.
Most Ottawa Public Library branches are now open for in-person browsing and computer use.
Elementary students in Ontario will be heading back to school full time come September, while most high school students will split their time between the classroom and online learning, depending on the board.
Quebec updated its school plans in early August, including making masks mandatory in hallways for students Grades 5 and up.
Distancing and isolating
The novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes on another person or object. People don't need to have symptoms to be contagious.
That means physical distancing measures such as working from home, meeting others outdoors as much as possible and keeping distance from anyone they don't live with or have in their circle, including when you have a mask on.
Masks are now mandatory in indoor public settings in all of eastern Ontario and Quebec, where transit officials and taxi drivers are now required to bar access to users over age 12 who refuse to wear one.
Masks are also recommended outdoors when you can't stay the proper distance from others.
Anyone who has symptoms or travelled recently outside Canada must self-isolate for at least 14 days.
Anyone who has symptoms and is waiting for a COVID-19 test result in Ontario must self-isolate at least until they know the result. Quebec asks people waiting to only self-isolate in certain circumstances.
People in both provinces should self-isolate if they've 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 people with weakened immune systems and OPH 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. 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 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.
In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area, there is a drive-thru centre in Casselman that can handle 200 tests a day 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 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.
You can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the centre and in Picton by texting or calling.
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.
There are test clinics in five Renfrew County communities this week.
Its 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 now can get a walk-in test in Gatineau five days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond and at recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.
They can call 1-877-644-4545 to make an appointment or if they have other questions.
As of mid-August, there were longer wait times for test results here compared to some other regions of Quebec.
Local communities have declared states of emergency, put in a curfew or both.
It has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only. Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 80 kilometres away for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
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.
People in Pikwakanagan can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259.
Kitigan Zibi is planning for an Aug. 29 election with changes depending on the status of the pandemic at that time. It plans on starting to open schools and daycares next month.
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