City health officials confirmed 58 new cases Saturday, but zero deaths.
What's the latest?
Ottawa researchers say they're the first in the country to develop a wastewater test that can detect one variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 58 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday but no new deaths.
In western Quebec, health officials recorded 17 new cases of the virus Saturday.
Lockdown restrictions in Quebec are being loosened Monday, allowing many non-essential businesses to welcome customers again. The province's 8 p.m. curfew will remain in place, however.
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How many cases are there?
As of Saturday, 13,597 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 450 known active cases, 12,725 resolved cases and 422 deaths from COVID-19.
Public health officials have reported more than 24,200 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 22,700 resolved cases.
Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 122 people have died of COVID-19, and 156 people have died in western Quebec.
What can I do?
Travel within Ontario is not recommended. Residents who leave the province should isolate for 14 days upon returning.
Private indoor gatherings are not allowed, while outdoor gatherings are capped at five people. It's strongly recommended people stick to their own households and socializing is not considered essential.
People who live alone, however, are allowed close contact with one other household.
Some major Ottawa shelters aren't taking in new people because of COVID-19 outbreaks. People who need a place to sleep can call 311 or visit a shelter or respite centre to get one, and a ride if needed.
In-person shopping is limited to essential businesses. Others can offer pickup and delivery.
Students across eastern Ontario can once again return to the classroom.
Ontario's lockdown rules are in place until at least Tuesday. Health officials are weighing the signs the rules have slowed COVID-19's spread with the fact there are now more contagious variants of the coronavirus.
In western Quebec, residents are also being asked to stay home unless it's essential to leave and not see anyone they don't live with. An exception for people living alone allows them to exclusively visit one other home.
Like in Ontario, travel from one region of Quebec to another is discouraged.
Distancing and isolating
People can be contagious without symptoms, even after getting a vaccine.
This means it is important to take precautions now and in the months to come like staying home while symptomatic, keeping hands and frequently touched surfaces clean and maintaining distance from anyone you don't live with — even with a mask on.
Masks, preferably ones that fit snugly and have three layers, are mandatory in indoor public settings in Ontario and Quebec. OPH says residents should also wear masks outside their homes whenever possible.
Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible and get friends and family to help with errands.
The federal government is in the midst of tightening international travel rules.
Symptoms and vaccines
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 can develop a rash.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
COVID-19 vaccines have started being given to local health-care workers and long-term care residents.
About 42,700 doses have been given out, including about 28,500 doses in Ottawa and 8,400 in western Quebec
Pfizer temporarily slowing its vaccine production to expand its factory means some jurisdictions can't guarantee people will get the necessary second dose three weeks after the first. It may take four to six weeks.
There is now uncertainty about the Moderna vaccine supply.
Its campaign is still expected to expand to priority groups such as older adults and essential workers in March or April, with vaccines widely available in August.
Quebec is also giving a single dose to as many people as possible, starting with people in care homes and health-care workers, then remote communities, then older adults and essential workers and finally the general public.
It has had to delay vaccinating people in private seniors' homes.
Quebecers should get their second dose within 90 days.
Where to get tested
In eastern Ontario:
Anyone seeking a test should book an appointment.
The KFL&A health unit says people that have left southeastern Ontario or been in contact with someone who has should get a test as they track a coronavirus variant.
People without symptoms but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy can make an appointment at select pharmacies. Travellers who need a test have very few local options to pay for one.
Its site at the National Arts Centre will accept all Canadian health cards as of Monday to cover more Ottawa residents.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has sites in Alexandria, Casselman, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Rockland and Winchester.
People can arrange a test in Picton over the phone or Bancroft, Belleville and Trenton, where online booking is preferred.
Renfrew County test clinic locations are posted weekly. Residents can also call their family doctor or 1-844-727-6404 with health questions.
In western Quebec:
Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms and their contacts.
There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Maniwaki, Fort-Coulonge and Petite-Nation.
Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis:
Akwesasne has had more than 160 residents test positive on the Canadian side of the border and six deaths. More than 320 people have tested positive across the community and eight have died.
Its curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. is back and it has a COVID-19 test site by appointment only.
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.
It has released its vaccine plans.
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.
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