Ottawa reports five more COVID-19 cases Wednesday.
Temporary road test centres are starting in southwestern Ontario.
What's the latest?
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported five more COVID-19 cases Wednesday and no new deaths.
Ontario is taking on a backlog of people waiting to take a road driving test by opening temporary test centres in southwestern Ontario communities such as Oshawa and Guelph.
No centres have been announced in eastern Ontario.
How many cases are there?
As of Wednesday, 27,821 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 43 known active cases, 27,185 cases considered resolved, and 593 people have died from the illness.
Ottawa-Gatineau area confirmed COVID-19 cases
Public health officials have reported more than 50,400 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 49,300 resolved cases.
Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 198 people have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 215.
Akwesasne has had nearly 700 residents test positive and 10 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
What are the rules?
Ontario is in Step 3 of its reopening plan.
It 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, leading to the resumption of summer festivals and professional sports.
Ontario's back-to-school plan includes mandatory masks and not mandatory vaccinations. Remote learning will be an option and extracurricular activities will be allowed.
Moving beyond Step 3 to the "Exit Step" will depend on health trends such as the percentage of people who are fully vaccinated. It hasn't yet met those goals.
Ten people are allowed to gather inside private residences and 20 people outdoors — which increases to 50 if playing sports.
Events during which people remain seated in designated spaces, like bleachers or stands, can now welcome up to 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors. This applies to sports events, meetings, conventions and ceremonies.
Stadiums, venues and festivals can welcome 15,000 spectators outdoors. For indoor venues, 7,500 people are now allowed.
What can I do?
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.
Vaccines curb the spread of all types of the coronavirus.
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There's federal guidance for what vaccinated people can do in different situations.
Fully vaccinated Americans can visit Canada without having to quarantine starting Monday, while tourists from all other countries would be allowed as of Sept. 7. The U.S. border remains closed to non-essential travel until at least Aug. 21.
Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands.
Canada's vaccine task force says people can wait up to 16 weeks between doses. There are factors pushing provinces to drastically speed up that timeline, including supply and the more infectious delta variant.
That same task force says it's safe and effective to mix first and second doses.
There have been more than 3.1 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 age 12 or older.
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.
People may have to show proof of being fully vaccinated to access certain services if there is an autumn surge of cases.
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.
Staff, caregivers and visitors who have been fully-immunized and show no symptoms of the coronavirus no longer need to be tested before entering a long-term care facility.
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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