Ottawa reported 55 more COVID-19 cases Sunday.
Eighty per cent of the city's eligible residents are fully vaccinated.
Firefighters' union expresses concern with city vaccine policy.
Electronic music festival implements vaccine passport, ahead of province's timeline.
Local Shakespearean troupe returns to the stage after being shut down by pandemic.
What's the latest?
An Ottawa electronic music festival that's one of the largest in Canada has debuted its own homegrown proof-of-vaccination system, one month before the Ontario government is due to roll out a provincewide digital vaccine passport.
The Escapade festival is requiring anyone in attendance to show proof they've been fully immunized against COVID-19. It's confirming people's status with the CANImmunize app, developed by a team at The Ottawa Hospital long before the pandemic began.
The union representing the city's firefighters says it has concerns with the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy rolled out Friday by the City of Ottawa.
Union head Doug McLennan says his two main problems concern the tight vaccine timelines and the lack of any exemptions outside of medical grounds.
Outdoor theatre was chased out of parks and other public spaces by the COVID-19 pandemic, but one local Shakespearean troupe has now returned to the stage for a dozen performances in the waning days of summer.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 55 more COVID-19 cases Sunday. Eighty per cent of eligible residents are now fully vaccinated.
How many cases are there?
As of Sunday, 28,553 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 320 known active cases, 27,640 cases considered resolved, and 593 people who have died from the illness.
Ottawa-Gatineau area confirmed COVID-19 cases
Public health officials have reported more than 51,800 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 50,200 cases now resolved.
Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 200 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 215. Two COVID-19 deaths were reported in the region in August.
Akwesasne has had nearly 750 residents test positive for COVID-19, and has reported 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
What are the rules?
Ontario's vaccine passport system starts Sept. 22 for many activities. People will have to show photo identification and either a paper or PDF version of their vaccine receipt until an app is ready, likely in late October.
In the meantime, COVID-19 vaccines are becoming mandatory for many activities and services.
Ontario allows indoor dining, with capacity limits based on distancing. Gyms, movie theatres and museums can reach a capacity of 50 per cent inside.
Larger general gathering limits are 25 people inside and 100 people outside. Those limits are even higher for organized events.
Western Quebec is now under green zone restrictions, the lowest on the province's four-colour scale.
The physical distancing length in the province has been reduced to one metre.
Ten people are allowed to gather inside private residences and 20 people outdoors — which increases to 50 if playing sports. Organized events can be much larger.
This province's school plans don't include classroom bubbles but now include masks in class for students.
A vaccine passport is in place for people age 13 and up in spaces such as public events, bars, restaurants and gyms. There's a two-week adjustment period, so rules won't be enforced until Sept. 15.
Quebecers can use an app or show paper proof; people from out of province will have to show paper proof. Everyone will also have to show ID.
What can I do?
This means it is important to take precautions now and in the future, such as 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.
Fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents can now skip the 14-day quarantine when travelling back to Canada. People have to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada by land without a fine.
Fully vaccinated Americans can visit Canada without having to quarantine, while tourists from all other countries are set to be allowed as of Tuesday. The U.S. border remains closed to non-essential land travel until at least Sept. 21.
Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands.
Canada's vaccine task force says people can wait up to 16 weeks between first and second doses. Factors pushed provinces to drastically speed up that timeline, including supply and the more infectious delta variant.
That same task force says it's safe and effective to mix first and second doses.
There have been more than 3.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region — combined first and second doses — which has about 2.3 million residents.
Ontario is vaccinating anyone who will be age 12 or older in 2021. Third booster shot details depend on the health unit.
People can look for provincial appointments opening up online or over the phone at 1-833-943-3900. Pharmacies continue to offer vaccines through their own booking systems, as do some family doctors.
Symptoms and testing
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.
The province removed a runny nose from its list of symptoms requiring a child to stay home from school or daycare.
Travellers who need a test have a 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.
Akwesasne has COVID-19 test and vaccine clinics, with information online or at 613-575-2341. People in Kitigan Zibi 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. 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.
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