There are technical problems with Ontario's vaccine booking system.
What's the latest?
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reporting 39 new COVID-19 cases and one more death Monday. Some key numbers measuring the spread of the coronavirus are down to late-winter levels.
Ontarians 80 and older were allowed to book an earlier appointment for their second COVID-19 vaccine dose if they wanted as of this morning, but there have been technical problems.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Monday the province will have an announcement on reopening schools "in the next day or two."
As people have been buying up boats in an attempt to get outside more during the pandemic, Ontario Provincial Police and Parks Canada have issued safety warnings to watch out for inexperienced boaters this summer.
How many cases are there?
The region is coming down from a record-breaking peak of the pandemic's third wave, one that has included more dangerous coronavirus variants.
As of Monday, 27,058 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 676 known active cases, 25,812 resolved cases and 570 deaths.
Public health officials have reported more than 49,100 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 47,100 resolved cases.
Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 185 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 214.
Akwesasne has had nearly 700 residents test positive, with four known active cases, and 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
The transfer of COVID-19 patients from other regions to Ottawa hospitals continues. As of Friday, there were 21 COVID-19 patients from other communities in Ottawa ICUs. Some patients are even coming from Manitoba.
What can I do?
People can only gather inside with their households and can only leave home for essential reasons.
Many outdoor recreation venues can now reopen under the order and Ontario's outdoor distanced gathering limit has risen to five people, including people from different households.
Most non-essential businesses can only offer curbside pickup. Access to malls is restricted and big-box stores can only sell essential items.
Gyms and personal care services are closed, while restaurants are only available for takeout and delivery.
Officers in Ontario have the power to stop and question people if they believe they've gathered illegally.
Its reopening plan leans on rates of spread and vaccination; the province plans to take the next step in mid-June. It's not clear exactly what the rules will be in the meantime.
Western Quebec is now under orange zone rules.
People can eat both indoors and outdoors at restaurants; a maximum of two people from different addresses can sit together. Gyms can reopen and masks are mandatory inside.
Outdoor gatherings of up to eight people are also allowed, or 12 if playing contact-free sports. Travel throughout the province is allowed but not recommended.
As many as 2,500 people can gather in a large theatre or arena and there is no longer a curfew.
The next step in its reopening plan is expected June 11, affecting bars and outdoor sports.
Distancing and isolating
This means it is important to take precautions now and in the future like staying home while sick — and getting help with costs if needed — keeping hands and surfaces clean and maintaining distance from anyone you don't live with, even with a mask on.
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OPH says residents should wear masks outside their homes whenever possible. They're no longer mandatory around its playgrounds.
Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and approved in Canada.
Canada's task force said first doses offer such strong protection that people can wait up to four months to get a second.
More than 1,275,000 doses have been given out in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since mid-December, including more than 590,000 in Ottawa and more than 260,000 in western Quebec.
Ontario is now vaccinating anyone age 12 or older. People can look for provincial first dose appointments opening up online or over the phone at 1-833-943-3900.
Pharmacies continue to offer vaccines through their own booking systems as supply allows.
The province's goal is a second AstraZeneca dose 12 weeks after the first, with more details to come on other recipients.
It's speeding up other kinds of second dose appointments, starting by allowing people in their 80s to rebook as of today. The next age group will be people in their 70s starting June 14.
Quebec is now giving a first dose to anyone 12 and older.
The province expects to have given a first dose to 75 per cent of adults by June 15 and is looking at 75 per cent of people age 12 and up getting their second dose by the end of August.
Its goal is second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine eight weeks after the first. People may be able to get an earlier second dose appointment for other types of vaccines starting June 7.
Symptoms and testing
COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and loss of taste or smell. Children tend to have an upset stomach and/or a rash.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
In eastern Ontario:
Anyone seeking a test should make an appointment. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and hours.
Ontario recommends only getting tested if you fit certain criteria, such as having symptoms, exposure or a certain job.
Travellers who need a test have very few local options to pay for one.
In western Quebec:
Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.
Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis:
First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, or someone travelling to work in a remote Indigenous community, are eligible for a test in Ontario.
Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Tyendinaga's council is asking people not to travel there to camp or fish.
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.
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