Hastings Prince Edward's case count is still rising quickly.
What's the latest?
Ottawa Public Health reported 42 more COVID-19 cases Wednesday, one death and a growing number of child-care outbreaks. Meanwhile, the case count is still climbing quickly in the Belleville area.
Children under the age of five could potentially be vaccinated for COVID-19 as early as the new year, according to Canada's chief public health officer.
WATCH | The changing thoughts around plexiglass and ventilation:
How many cases are there?
As of Thursday, Ottawa has had 31,790 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 304 known active cases, while 30,869 cases are considered resolved and 617 people have died from the illness.
Ottawa-Gatineau area confirmed COVID-19 cases
Public health officials have reported more than 59,300 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 57,300 cases now resolved. Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 229 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 223.
Akwesasne has had more than 1,100 residents test positive for COVID-19 and has reported 14 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
What are the rules?
WATCH | Basketball returns to school gyms, but some players have left the sport:
Private gathering limits are 25 people inside and 100 people outside.
Ten people are allowed to gather inside private residences and 20 people outdoors — which increases to 50 if playing sports. There are no capacity limits for Quebec venues with assigned seats and restaurants.
Quebec Premier François Legault says the more people respect current gathering rules, the more likely it is they can be loosened for the holidays.
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. It won't apply to younger kids.
Other groups in the region are also coming out with their own COVID-19 vaccine policies, including for staff and visitors.
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.
WATCH | Canada's mask guidance has changed:
Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands and have supplies in case they need to isolate.
Travellers must now be vaccinated to board a plane, train or marine vessel in Canada. Partially vaccinated travellers can show proof of a valid COVID-19 molecular test until Monday, when that rule ends.
The U.S. requires all travellers — land, air and water — to be fully vaccinated. Some people with mixed doses will be allowed and it won't require a recent test.
The prime minister said in late October he's "very confident" countries around the world will accept provincial or territorial proof of vaccination.
Vaccines curb the spread of all variants of COVID-19 and go a long way toward avoiding deaths and hospitalizations, without offering total protection. Four COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and approved in Canada.
Health Canada has approved Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine for children as young as five. Doses for kids age five to 11 will be given at least eight weeks apart in both local provinces.
WATCH | What Quebec's 5-11 vaccine campaign looks like:
It's possible even younger children could have an approved vaccine early in 2022, according to Canada's chief public health officer.
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 born in 2016 and earlier.
People can look for provincial appointments online or over the phone at 1-833-943-3900.
Pharmacies and some family doctors offer vaccines through their own booking systems.
The province has recommended people under 24 get the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine because the Moderna Spikevax vaccine brings a mild risk of a rare heart condition.
Clinics for newly eligible children will operate in schools and kids will need written consent from a parent to be vaccinated there.
Siblings can be booked together in a single time slot and parents can check a box to signal if their child is nervous about the process.
Symptoms and testing
"Long-haul" symptoms can last for months.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
In eastern Ontario:
Officials say they're seeing more people coming to its sites after having symptoms for several days and delaying getting tested, sometimes spreading COVID in the meantime.
Rapid and take-home tests are available in some places, including pharmacies and some child-care settings when risk is high. A positive test will trigger a follow-up test.
Travellers who need a test have 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 if they're near a walk-in option online. They can also call 1-877-644-4545 with questions during hours the line is running.
Gargle tests are being offered in some places instead of a swab.
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.
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.