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COVID-19: Ontario reports 1,631 new cases; spike in new cases and variants in GTA

By Friday, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit was reporting 34 active cases in Eastern Lanark, including 13 new cases overnight on Thursday. There were seven new cases on Friday and 19 on  Saturday. There were eight new cases Sunday, though Monday’s data showed no new cases and a net subtraction of one previously-identified case.

Th health unit also declared an outbreak at Carleton Place High School on Monday. The school remains open, said the Upper Canada District School Board.

The province reported there were two students with COVID-19 at the school. An outbreak is declared when there are two or more cases at a school with a link, indicating the virus might have been transmitted at school.

COVID-19: Vaccination clinics in Ottawa

More Ottawa residents will be able to book COVID-19 vaccines starting today, with the city’s vaccine rollout set to expand again on Wednesday.

Residents who were born in or before 1941 are now eligible to book an appointment for a vaccine, along with those adults in chronic home care, who live in the following communities:

Bayshore-Belltown, Carson Groves-Carson Meadows, Greenboro East, Hawthorne Meadows, Hunt Club East – Western Community, Hunt Club Park, Lowertown, Manor Park, Overbrook-McArthur, Parkwood Hills, Sheffield Glen, Stewart Farm, Vanier North and Vanier South.

Ottawa Public Health will operate pop-up clinics in those communities on an appointment-only basis starting Friday.

Dates and times will be confirmed during the booking, and the shots will be administered at the following locations:

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Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre, 1560 Heatherington Rd.

AMA Community Centre, 1216 Hunt Club Rd.

Canterbury Recreation Complex, 2185 Arch St.

Centre Pauline-Charron, 164 Jeanne Mance St.

Emerald Plaza Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 1547 Merivale Rd.

Greenboro Community Centre, 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr.

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West

Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill St.

Pat Clark Community Centre, 4355 Halmont Dr.

Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave.

St-Laurent Complex, 525 Côté St.

Sawmill Creek Pool and Community Centre, 3380 D’Aoust Ave.

Ottawa residents 90 and older (born in or before 1931) living anywhere in Ottawa will be able to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination starting Wednesday, with appointments set to begin this Friday at the Nepean Sportsplex community vaccination clinic.

Patient-facing health care workers (doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, midwives, physiotherapists, etc.) will also be able to pre-register for a vaccination appointment on Wednesday though OttawaPublicHealth.ca.

First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members who are aged 50 and older are currently eligible for vaccination, with the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team providing vaccinations for Inuit.

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic for First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members aged 50 and older at the St-Laurent Complex (at 525 Côté Street) is also being offered by Ottawa Public Health in partnership with Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Residents can check their eligibility online and can call 613-691-5505 to book an appointment.

Call hours are between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday and Sundays, with service available in multiple languages.

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“We know that there is a high demand for these vaccines, so we expect very high call volume for these bookings,” OPH cautioned in a statement. “If you cannot reach a call agent, you can leave a message and someone will call you back to book an appointment.”

More community vaccination clinics will be opening across the city after the provincial booking system goes online March 15, OPH said, and once vaccine supply increases.

More information on those clinics and the booking process is expected next week.

Walk-ins will not be accepted, OPH said, and urged residents to phone in advance to book an appointment, while asking those who are not yet eligible to “keep phone lines open” for those who are eligible to receive a vaccine.

COVID-19: Quebec

Quebec is reporting 579 new cases of COVID-19 as well as nine additional deaths due to the illness.

None of the deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, according to the Monday report.

Hospitalizations declined by two to 590, with 108 people in intensive care, which is one more than a day earlier.

On Monday Quebec eased COVID-19 restrictions in five regions, including the capital, permitting residents to return to the gym and restaurant dining rooms for the first time in months.

The government also pushed back the nighttime curfew from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Quebec City, Chaudiere-Appalaches, Estrie, Mauricie and Centre-du-Quebec, which were downgraded from “red” to “orange” under the province’s pandemic-alert system.

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Premier Francois Legault has opted to maintain restrictions in Montreal and the surrounding regions because public health authorities fear a novel coronavirus variant will soon cause regional case numbers and hospitalizations to rise again.

Legault has said the province is racing to vaccinate vulnerable older adults before the more transmissible mutation first identified in the United Kingdom can fully take hold.

Cases and hospitalizations across the province have stabilized in recent weeks after a dramatic drop earlier in the year.

Health Minister Christian Dube has said the province will step up the pace of vaccinations this week as more regions join Montreal in opening mass immunization clinics to the general public.

As of Sunday night, the provincial vaccine booking website said the age of eligibility for shots ranged from 70 years old to 80 years old depending on the region.

The province gave 15,249 doses of vaccine on Sunday, for a total of 564,302.

with files from the Canadian Press

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