COVID-19 in Ottawa: Highlights for November 3, 2021
OTTAWA – Hello. Here is the latest news on COVID-19 and its impact on Ottawa.
A new death linked to COVID-19 was reported in Ottawa on Tuesday.
Quebec plans to lift several restrictions related to COVID-19 in mid-November.
Ottawa Public Health presented its plan to immunize children ages 5 to 11, once approved.
With fewer restrictions, experts expect a busy flu season and vaccines are now available.
COVID-19 in numbers in Ottawa (Ottawa Public Health data):
- New cases of COVID-19: 20 cases Tuesday.
- Total number of COVID-19 cases: 30,903
- COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 16.8
- Positivity rate in Ottawa: 1.5% (seven day average)
- Reproduction number: 0.99 (seven day average)
Who should take a test?
Ottawa Public Health says you can take a COVID-19 test at an assessment center, care clinic, or community testing site if any of the following apply to you:
You have symptoms of COVID-19;
You have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as notified by Ottawa Public Health or notification of exposure through the COVID Alert app;
You are a resident or work in an environment experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by Ottawa Public Health;
You are a resident, worker or visitor of long-term care homes, retirement homes, homeless shelters or other places of gathering (for example: group homes, community-supported housing, communities or gathering places for people with disabilities, short-term rehabilitation, hospices and other shelters);
You are a person who identifies as a member of the First Nations, Inuit or MÃ©tis;
You are a person traveling to work in a remote First Nations, Inuit or MÃ©tis community;
You have received a preliminary positive result from a rapid test;
You are a patient and / or his first companion traveling abroad for medical treatment;
You are a farm worker;
You are an educator who cannot access pharmacy tests; Where
You are part of a targeted testing group, as directed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s directions.
Long-term care staff, caregivers, volunteers and visitors who are fully immune to COVID-19 are not required to take a negative COVID-19 test before entering or visiting a long-term care home duration.
Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa:
There are several sites for COVID-19 testing in Ottawa. To make an appointment, visit https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/assessment-centres.aspx
COVID-19 Assessment Center at McNabb Arena at 180 Percy Street: Open Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Brewer Ottawa Hospital / CHEO Assessment Center: Open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Moodie Care and Testing Center: Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Ray Friel care and screening center: Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
North Grenville (Kemptville) COVID-19 Assessment Center – 15 Campus Drive: Open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Downtown Community Health Center: Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sandy Hill Community Health Center: Open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Somerset West Community Health Center: Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday
COVID-19 screening tool:
The COVID-19 Screening Tool for Schools in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. All students, teachers and school staff must complete the Daily COVID-19 School Screening Tool.
Classic symptoms: fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath
Other symptoms: sore throat, difficulty swallowing, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pneumonia, new or unexplained runny nose or nasal congestion
Less common symptoms: unexplained fatigue, muscle pain, headache, delirium, chills, red / inflamed eyes, croup
Ottawa Public Health reports one new death from COVID-19.
The death of a woman in her 80s is the city’s first from the virus in more than a week and brings the total death toll from COVID-19 in Ottawa to 604.
The health unit reported 20 new cases of the virus on Tuesday, bringing the pandemic total to 30,903 cases since March 2020. The daily number of cases in the city has remained below 30 since October 18, when 36 new cases have been reported.
Active cases also fell again, to 188.
Across the province, authorities reported 331 new cases and seven additional deaths on Tuesday.
Dancing and singing returns to bars across Quebec on November 15 as the province lifts more of its COVID-19 restrictions.
Quebec Health Minister Christian DubÃ© made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday.
The dance floors will reopen for the first time since March 2020. Karaoke singers will also join the dancers, who will have to adhere to certain restrictions regarding distancing and mask use.
The vaccination passport in Quebec will remain compulsory. It will also be used on the ski slopes this winter, which officials say will allow the ski lifts to operate at full capacity and the lodges to reopen.
In Ontario, the capacity limits for nightclubs will be lifted on November 15.
Ottawa Public Health officials say they will be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all children aged five to 11 within four weeks of obtaining provincial approval.
The health unit outlined its strategy to immunize about 77,000 children in this age group, who are expected to become vaccine eligible in the coming weeks, at a board of health meeting this week.
Mass immunization clinics will be expanded to seven across the city, open seven days a week. Parents will be able to make appointments for their children at these clinics through the provincial reservation system.
Authorities are also planning pop-up clinics in schools after school hours; on average 25 per week. These will not start more than a week after the approval of the vaccine for children.
There will also be 10 additional neighborhood hubs.
Clinics run by Ottawa Public Health will be able to administer more than 36,000 doses per week. The goal, said Turcotte, is to achieve a 90% vaccination rate.
The peak of the flu season is only a few weeks away, and pharmacies and clinics are working hard to get as many vaccines as possible.
Health experts say flu season could be back in full force as there are fewer COVID-19 restrictions this year compared to last year when there was little flu activity.
Some pharmacies are seeing a supply problem with the high-dose formulation of the influenza vaccine for the elderly and people with health complications. Experts say it’s always better to get the regular dose, which is very effective, rather than waiting for the high-dose vaccine and possibly catching the flu.
Ontario Pharmacists Association CEO Justin Bates says the flu vaccine rollout has been successful in Ontario so far.
âSo far, we’ve administered about 500,000 flu shots at pharmacies,â Bates says. “Which is a good pace if you look at last year we made just under two million for the whole season.”
Ottawa Public Health Community Flu Clinics begin Tuesday with four locations available now in Ottawa. They are by appointment only and are eligible for Ottawa residents who meet certain criteria:
People aged six months to two years and members of their household;
Newcomers to Canada;
Those who do not have an Ontario health insurance plan (OHIP card);
Those who do not have a primary care provider, such as a doctor or nurse; and
Those who had difficulty accessing the vaccine in pharmacies
You can find more information about Ottawa Public Health community clinics here.