Ottawa gym site of possible COVID-19 exposure.
Kingston, Ont., officials warn potential homecoming partygoers to stay home.
COVID-19 forces a participation-free Rocky Horror screening at the Mayfair theatre.
What's the latest?
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 24 more COVID-19 cases Saturday.
They're also warning people who attended the 613Lift gym on certain dates earlier this month, that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Health officials say anyone who went to the gym during these times, should monitor themselves for symptoms:
Oct.3 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 8 between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 9 between 12 and 3:00 p.m
Officials in Kingston, Ont., have issued a stark warning to partygoers ready to flock to the city for Queen's University's annual homecoming celebrations, as they hope to avoid a repeat of the illegal gatherings over the Labour Day weekend.
In a video statement Thursday, Mayor Bryan Paterson told anyone looking to come to the city with the intention of attending a large, unsanctioned party: "Don't come here."
Halloween is back on, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made the haunt industry reconsider a lot about how it scares people, including designing haunted houses so people don't stick around in one room too long.
Similarly, gone are the water pistols, confetti and rude words shouted at key moments during the Mayfair Theatre's annual screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This year, the theatre will only be holding sit-and-watch screenings.
People who were born between January and August can now download QR codes as part of Ontario's proof-of-vaccination app, with that extending to all residents as of Sunday.
The codes can be used to show proof of vaccination anywhere it's required, starting Oct. 22.
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How many cases are there?
As of Saturday, Ottawa has a total of 30,451 cases of COVID-19. There are 257 known active cases, 29,593 cases are considered resolved, and 601 people have died from the illness.
Ottawa-Gatineau area confirmed COVID-19 cases
Public health officials have reported more than 56,300 COVID-19 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, including more than 54,300 cases now resolved.
Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, 209 people with COVID-19 have died. In western Quebec, the death toll is 222.
Akwesasne has had nearly 990 residents test positive for COVID-19 and has reported 12 deaths between its northern and southern sections.
What are the rules?
General gathering limits are 25 people inside and 100 people outside. Those limits are even higher for organized events.
Other groups in the region are also coming out with their own COVID-19 vaccine policies, including for staff.
Under its green zone rules, 10 people are allowed to gather inside private residences and 20 people outdoors — which increases to 50 if playing sports.
Quebecers can use an app or show paper proof; people from out of province will have to show paper proof.
What can I do?
This means it is important to take precautions now and in the future, 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.
There's federal guidance for what vaccinated people can do in different situations.
Health leaders in the area generally say smaller Halloween gatherings are allowed with precautions for the unvaccinated and/or vulnerable. Guidance can be stricter in select areas where COVID-19 is spreading more than others, such as Akwesasne and Tyendinaga.
Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands.
All would-be travellers must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 30 to board a plane, train or marine vessel in Canada.
Fully vaccinated, tested and pre-approved people can come to Canada.
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Four COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and approved in Canada.
Canada's vaccine task force says people can wait as little as three to four weeks and up to 16 weeks between first and second doses. That same task force says it's safe and effective to mix first and second doses.
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There have been more than 3.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region — combined first, second and third doses — which has about 2.3 million residents.
The province has recommended people age 18 to 24 get the Pfizer-BioNTech, or Comirnaty, vaccine because the Moderna or Spikevax vaccine brings a mild risk of a rare heart condition.
Symptoms and testing
Children tend to have an upset stomach and/or a rash.
If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
In eastern Ontario:
Anyone seeking a COVID-19 test can make an appointment. Check with your health unit for clinic locations and hours.
Today is the last day this year for Ottawa's Coventry Road drive-thru test site. The city's testing task force is looking for an indoor location with the National Arts Centre garage unavailable this time.
Ontario says to only get tested if you fit certain criteria, such as having symptoms, exposure or a certain job.
People without symptoms but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy can make an appointment at select pharmacies. Rapid tests are available in some places, including some child-care settings when risk is high.
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.
People can make an appointment or see what their walk-in options are online. They can also call 1-877-644-4545 with questions.
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.
People in Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg can call the health centre at 819-449-5593 for a test or vaccine; email is another option for vaccine booking.
Tests are available in Pikwàkanagàn by calling 613-625-1175 and vaccines, at 613-625-2259 extension 225 or by email. 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.