COVID-19 | CORONAVIRUS: COMMUNITY UPDATE
Stage One of Ontario's three-stage plan to gradually reopen the economy is currently in effect. Canada's Chief Medical Officer of Health is officially recommending that Canadians wear non-medical face masks outside of their homes, whenever maintaining a two-metre distance may be unpredictable or not possible.
The province's framework for reopening requires a "consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases" before the government can begin loosening restrictions". After appearing to slow, the total number of known cases in Ontario now continues to climb. Premier Doug Ford is considering a regional, phased approach to reopening the province.
After the number of active cases in the province rose by about 20 per cent last week, Provincial Health Minister Christine Elliott indicated that the province's plans of allowing gatherings of more than five people in the near future have been temporarily set aside.
Community transmission of COVID-19 in Ottawa is confirmed. People without symptoms may be carriers and capable of transmitting the virus to others. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) now states that anyone who feels they need a test, even if not showing symptoms, should go to one of the city's assessment sites to be tested for the virus. City of Ottawa remains under a State of Emergency to June 30.
Public cooperation is critical to preventing a second wave of COVID-19. It remains important for people of all ages to stay at home, avoid non-essential trips and continue to practice PHYSICAL DISTANCING while following guidelines and regulations in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:
• Maintain a physical distance of at least 2 meters (6 ft.) from anyone you don't live with when outside your home.
• Consider wearing a non-medical mask or face covering in public where maintaining physical distancing of at least 2m (6 ft.) may be difficult.
• Gatherings of more than 5 people who do not live together remain banned in Ontario, both indoors and outdoors. Ottawa Public Health recommends limiting contacts to your own household as much as possible.
• All travellers returning from outside Canada must immediately self-isolate for 14 days under the federal Quarantine Act. This involves not stopping at grocery stores on the way home. Groceries and other essentials should be ordered for home delivery or dropped at the door by a family member, neighbour or friend.
• Playgrounds and playground equipment in city parks remains closed by provincial order.
• The multi-use pathway along the Ottawa River is open to pedestrians, runners and cyclists.
• The Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway is closed to motorized traffic on weekends from 8am to 4pm, between Aviation Parkway and St. Joesph Blvd. until June 28 to provide local cyclists, runners and pedestrians more space for outdoor wellbeing. CLICK HERE for details.
Ottawa municipal bylaw officers have the authority to enforce physical distancing regulations and issue fines for non-compliance under the province's Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act . Citizens may call 311 to report any concerns.
No age group is immune. Ottawa Public Health strongly recommends that individuals over 65 years of age self-isolate given their greater risk of severe outcomes. Individuals of any age with compromised immunity and/or underlying conditions including diabetes, cardiac issues and chronic lung diseases are also at greater risk.
Please note: the 23 bus route is temporarily discontinued while OCTranspo scales back services during the pandemic. The 24 bus route continues on a half-hour schedule. As of June 15, transit riders will be required to wear face masks. For more information about service changes visit octranspo.com .
WHAT YOU CAN DO
If feeling unwell, take this SELF ASSESSMENT TEST to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19.
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Carriers may be asymptomatic and capable of transmitting the virus to others. Public Health Agencies urge all Canadians to help prevent transmission as follows:
· Practice social distancing by maintaining a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others.
· Stay at home. Avoid all non-essential trips.
· Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
· If water is unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
· Shop for groceries once per week. Wear a non-medical mask* to help prevent inadvertent transmission.
· Have essentials such as food and medications delivered, if possible.
· If you must take an essential trip via taxi or rideshare, keep the vehicle windows down.
· Respect the provincial ban by limiting gatherings to 5 people.
· Stay connected with family, neighbours and friends by phone, email, FaceTime or Skype.
· If walking outdoors, maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from others.
Canada's Chief Medical Officer of Health states that wearing a *non-medical mask when outside the home, in tandem with physical distancing, can help prevent pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people from inadvertently infecting others with COVID-19.
Visit the PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA's COVID-19 website for daily updates, an interactive map and full epidemiological reports.
We wish all of you good health and safety during this challenging time.