What's the latest?
The U.S. will lift its ban on international travel from select countries beginning Monday, as the country shifts its focus to the vaccine status of travellers. It is also set to reopen its land borders with Canada and Mexico to people who are vaccinated.
With less than a week before Remembrance Day, the annual poppy campaign has picked up speed in the region, but still faces a number of challenges because of the pandemic, including fewer places to distribute the pins.
An Ottawa-based visual artist Aquil Virani was inspired to explore the theme of dreaming of a better future during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns last spring. He put out a call for submissions for a new bilingual art anthology with a prompt for Muslim artists. Those dreams are now published in Ottawa Inshallah, a book featuring everything from poems and photography to henna designs.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 46 more COVID-19 cases Sunday.
How many cases are there?
As of Sunday, Ottawa has had 31,092 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 272 known active cases, while 30,215 cases are considered resolved and 605 people have died from the illness.
Ottawa-Gatineau area confirmed COVID-19 cases
Public health officials have reported more than 57,400 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 55,900 cases now resolved. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 222 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 14 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
What are the rules?
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 said in October the state of emergency 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.
People can use an app or show paper proof; people from out of province can show proof from their province, territory or country. The province has a record for Quebecers to use outside of the province.
Other groups in the region are also coming out with their own COVID-19 vaccine policies, including for staff and visitors.
Key upcoming dates include unvaccinated federal public servants being put on unpaid leave as early as Nov. 15, the same day unvaccinated health-care workers in Quebec lose bonuses and have to get regularly tested.
What can I do?
This means it is important to take precautions 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 Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands and have supplies in case they need to isolate.
Fully vaccinated, tested and pre-approved people can come to Canada.
The prime minister said in late October he's "very confident" countries around the world will accept provincial or territorial proof of vaccination.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and approved in Canada.
The two most common are approved for youth as young as 12. Trial data is being reviewed for the first shot for younger kids and health officials are well into developing plans for if it's approved.
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.
Ontario is vaccinating anyone who will be age 12 or older in 2021. Some groups are now eligible for a third dose.
Renfrew County and Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health have expanded third dose bookings, while the Eastern Ontario Health Unit is currently taking third dose walk-ins.
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.