Ottawa reported 22 more cases of COVID-19 on Halloween.
Health officials urge people to get their flu vaccine this year, but you'll likely have to go to a pharmacy or doctor's office.
What's the latest?
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 22 more COVID-19 cases Sunday and no more deaths.
Some people might be wondering how unvaccinated children can trick-or-treat safely during the COVID-19 pandemic this Halloween.
But for University of Ottawa epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan, taking part in the annual outdoor tradition is a fairly low-risk activity that can be done without too much worry.
"Go trick-or-treating, be outside, go door-to-door. Minimize your contact. Don't get close to people," said Deonandan. "Say hi and move on."
With more relaxed COVID-19 measures, health officials are expecting to see the resurgence of another illness this year — the flu — but instead of being able to head to a community clinic, most people will have to visit a pharmacy or their doctor's office.
The change is, in part, because Ottawa Public Health will be running the flu vaccine clinics in conjunction with its COVID-19 vaccinations and the expectation is that vaccine will soon be approved for many children under the age of 12.
How many cases are there?
As of Sunday, Ottawa has a total of 30,854 cases of COVID-19. There are 197 known active cases, 30,054 cases are considered resolved, and 603 people have died from the illness.
Ottawa-Gatineau area confirmed COVID-19 cases
Public health officials have reported more than 57,000 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including nearly 55,600 cases now resolved. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 219 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 223.
Akwesasne has had more than 1,000 residents test positive for COVID-19 and has reported 12 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
What are the rules?
There are no capacity restrictions for most places that require proof of vaccination and now, outdoor organized events. The plan is to lift public health measures in stages, with the next in mid-November and the last in late March 2022.
Private gathering limits are 25 people inside and 100 people outside.
Under its green zone rules, 10 people are allowed to gather inside private residences and 20 people outdoors — which increases to 50 if playing sports.
The premier says the pandemic state of emergency order that gives the government special powers will be lifted once kids aged five to 11 are vaccinated.
A vaccine passport is in place for most people age 13 and up in many public spaces.
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 considering distancing from anyone you don't live with.
Health leaders in the area generally say smaller Halloween gatherings are allowed with precautions for the unvaccinated and/or vulnerable. Guidance can be stricter in areas where COVID-19 is spreading more than others, such as Akwesasne.
Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands.
There's federal guidance for what vaccinated people can do in different situations.
Fully vaccinated, tested and pre-approved people can come to Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's "very confident" countries around the world will accept Canadians' provincial or territorial proof of vaccination.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and approved in Canada.
Canada's vaccine task force says people can wait three to 16 weeks between first and second doses and it's safe and effective to mix first and second 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.
They offer doses on short notice as campaigns look to fill gaps in vaccine coverage.
The province has recommended people aged 18 to 24 get the Pfizer-BioNTech, or Comirnaty, vaccine because the Moderna or Spikevax vaccine brings a mild risk of a rare heart condition.
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 COVID-19 test can make an appointment. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and hours.
Ontario says to only get tested if you fit certain criteria, such as having symptoms, exposure or a certain job.
People without symptoms but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy can make an appointment at select pharmacies.
Rapid and take-home tests are available in some places, including some child-care settings when risk is high. 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.
People can make an appointment or see what their walk-in options are online. They can also call 1-877-644-4545 with questions.
Rapid COVID-19 tests are available in all Quebec preschools and elementary schools.
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 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, 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.