Nearly 83 per cent of eligible Ontarians have now had at least one vaccine dose.
High construction costs are hitting Ottawa's affordable housing projects.
CFL football returned to Lansdowne Park Saturday for first time since the start of the pandemic.
What's the latest?
The push to get homeless people out of shelter beds and into affordable housing sped up during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to provincial and federal funding — but the builders of those housing units have also faced soaring construction costs and shortages of both labour and raw materials.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 30 more COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
Provincewide, another 740 cases were confirmed Sunday. Nearly 83 per cent of eligible Ontarians have now recieved at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Local football fans were treated Saturday to the first Ottawa Redblacks game on home soil since the start of the pandemic, although the outcome didn't quite go their way.
How many cases are there?
As of Sunday, 28,294 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 199 known active cases, 27,502 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 51,200 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 49,900 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 have been reported in the region in August.
Akwesasne has had more than 730 residents test positive for COVID-19, and has reported 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
What are the rules?
The plan 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.
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 Sept. 7. 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.
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. It is offering third booster shots to certain vulnerable groups, with details depending 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
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. Recently, a runny nose and headache have become more common.
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 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.
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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