Ottawa is reporting 50 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and two more deaths.
What's the latest?
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has confirmed another 50 COVID-19 cases and two more deaths. Renfrew County's health unit reported its eighth COVID-19 death Tuesday.
Quebec Premier François Legault is set to announce a roadmap to reopen the province at a 5 p.m. ET news conference.
Sources tell Radio-Canada that could mean a return to dining out and an end to the curfew on May 28.
Ontario has lowered its general elegibility age for a COVID-19 vaccine to 18. Anyone born in 2003 or earlier can now reserve an appointment through the provincial booking system.
However most health units in eastern Ontario including Ottawa Public Health say all available slots were quickly claimed. Anyone who missed out is being advised to watch for more openings.
How many cases are there?
The region is coming down from a record-breaking peak of the pandemic's third wave, one that has included more dangerous coronavirus variants. The rate of spread is still high.
As of Tuesday, 26,161 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 1,007 known active cases, 24,616 resolved cases and 538 deaths.
Public health officials have reported more than 47,600 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 45,100 resolved cases.
Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 184 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 208.
Akwesasne has had more than 680 residents test positive and 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
The transfer of COVID-19 patients from other regions to Ottawa hospitals continues. As of the most recent update Tuesday, there were 24 COVID-19 patients from other communities in Ottawa ICUs.
What can I do?
People should only leave home for essential reasons like getting groceries, seeking health care and exercising in their immediate area.
The vast majority of gatherings are prohibited. Exceptions include small activities with households and small religious services.
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Most non-essential businesses can only offer curbside pickup. Access to malls is restricted and big-box stores can only sell essential items.
Gyms and personal care services are closed, while restaurants are only available for takeout and delivery.
Western Quebec is under red zone rules.
High schools, gyms, theatres, personal care services and non-essential businesses are now able to reopen, albeit with restrictions.
The curfew is now in place from 9:30 p.m. until 5 a.m.
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Private gatherings remain banned, except for a person who lives alone seeing one other household.
Small religious services are allowed and people can go to theatres. Older secondary school students will be going to classrooms every second day. Distanced outdoor exercise is allowed in groups up to eight people.
People can't travel to yellow or green zones or risk a fine.
Distancing and isolating
This means it is important to take precautions now and in the future like 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.
OPH says residents should wear masks outside their homes whenever possible.
Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands.
Four COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and approved in Canada.
Canada's task force said first doses offer such strong protection that people can wait up to four months to get a second.
About 1,040,000 doses have been given out in the Ottawa-Gatineau region since mid-December, including about 470,000 doses to Ottawa residents and more than 210,000 in western Quebec.
Pharmacies continue to offer vaccines through their own booking systems as supply allows.
Local health units have other kinds of flexibility in the larger framework, including around booking, so check their websites for details.
The province plans to reach children as young as 12 in June.
People who qualify can make an appointment online or over the phone. There are currently no local walk-in options.
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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. Children tend to have an upset stomach and/or a rash.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
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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 very 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.
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.
Tyendinaga's council is asking people not to travel there to camp or fish.
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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