- There have been 39 more people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Ottawa.
What's the latest?
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced this afternoon that Ottawa is one of three regions with lower limits for gatherings: 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
The new limits apply to private gatherings such as parties, dinners, barbecues and weddings, but they do not affect events at staffed venues at restaurants, banquet halls, theatres and gyms. They also don't apply to schools or places of worship
The new rules take effect just after midnight tonight.
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Ford also said the province is also instituting a minimum fine of $10,000 for the organizers of illegal social gatherings, as well as $750 for people who show up at parties.
Anthony Di Monte, the City of Ottawa's general manager of emergency and protective services, said bylaw officers will continue to exercise discretion while enforcing gathering limits but that non-compliance won't be tolerated.
Ottawa PC MPP Lisa MacLeod said there will be three new pop-up test sites in Ottawa tomorrow.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) says 39 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Ottawa, the eighth straight day its known active case count has risen.
A health official in Pembroke says more could have been done to contain the spread of COVID-19 at Fellowes High School, Ontario's first school to close due to an outbreak of COVID-19. Staff with COVID-19 symptoms thought they were seasonal allergies.
How many cases are there?
Testing has confirmed 3,486 people in Ottawa have had COVID-19 as of Wednesday's report.
Of those, 420 are active cases, 2,793 were considered resolved and 273 had died.
Overall, public health officials have reported more than 5,300 people with COVID-19 across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 4,300 of them considered resolved.
COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 people have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 34 in the Outaouais and 18 in other parts of eastern Ontario.
What's open and closed?
Ontario is modifying Stage 3 of its reopening plan in some areas because of an increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19.
Kingston, Ont., has tightened its distancing rules in city parks and increased fines. Queen's University says students who seriously break health rules could be expelled.
Ottawa will resume ticketing drivers who park longer than allowed in unmarked areas on Oct. 1, with warnings starting Monday.
That province has warned some regions are close to having gathering sizes shrunk and losing dine-in service at restaurants.
Every local school board or service centre has started bringing students back. All classes should start by tomorrow.
More than 2,000 students in Ottawa's English school boards don't have their usual school bus because of a shortage of bus drivers.
Distancing and isolating
The novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.
People don't need to have symptoms to be contagious.
That means physical distancing measures such as working from home, meeting others outdoors as much as possible and keeping distance from anyone you don't live with or have in your social circle, including when you have a mask on.
Ottawa's medical officer of health is pleading with residents to reduce the number of people they're in close contact with as new cases of COVID-19 continue to surge.
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Ottawa Public Health says if you attend an indoor gathering that's not exclusively attended by people from your social circle, you should wear a mask and keep a two-metre distance from others. At outdoor gatherings, wear a mask if you can't keep a two-metre distance from people outside your social circle.
Quebec has given police the power to fine people ignoring mandatory mask laws.
Masks are also recommended outdoors when you can't stay the proper distance from others.
Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.
In Ontario, that's the same period of self-isolation for anyone with symptoms. When self-isolating, only leave home or see other people if it's critically important, such as to go see a doctor.
Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days if they have not had a fever for at least 48 hours and has had no other symptom for at least 24 hours.
Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell.
Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pinkeye. Children can develop a rash.
People should not get tested any sooner than five days after potential exposure, since it takes about that long for the virus to grow to be detectable by a test, said Ottawa's medical officer of health Vera Etches in early September.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
Where to get tested
In eastern Ontario:
In Ottawa any resident can get tested, but record wait times have led Ottawa Public Health (OPH) to ask that testing be limited for now to people with symptoms or who have been referred for a test because of contact tracing.
Testing hours at the Brewer Arena have been extended and officials say more capacity is coming elsewhere.
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.
The University of Ottawa has a test site open weekdays by appointment at its Lees campus for students and staff.
There's also a mobile testing van operated by Inner City Health that mostly serves people experiencing homelessness and some tests done in hospitals.
In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, there is a drive-thru centre in Casselman and assessment centres in Hawkesbury and Winchester that don't require people to call ahead.
Others in Alexandria, Rockland and Cornwall require an appointment.
In Kingston, the Leon's Centre is hosting the city's test site though Gate 2. There's another test site at Queen's University's Mitchell Hall open 5 to 8 p.m. on weekdays.
Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call ahead.
You can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the centre and in Picton by texting or calling. Only Belleville and Trenton run seven days a week.
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark unit asks you to get tested if you have a symptom or concerns about exposure.
It has a walk-in site in Brockville at the Memorial Centre and testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment.
Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor and those without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 to register for a test or if they have health questions, COVID-19-related or not.
People can also visit the health unit's website to find out where testing clinics will be taking place each week. More have been added to meet demand.
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In western Quebec:
Outaouais residents now can get a walk-in test in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond.
There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.
They can call 1-877-644-4545 to make an appointment or if they have other questions.
It has a mobile COVID-19 test site available 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.
In early September, it expanded its gathering limit to 50 people, then ended its curfew. Its schools start bringing students back next week.
Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse. Its office and well-being centre are now open by appointment.
People in Pikwakanagan can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259.
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