COVID-19 in Ottawa: Quick Facts for October 3, 2020


OTTAWA – Hello. Here is the latest news on COVID-19 and its impact on Ottawa.

Fast facts:

  • Ontario Imposes New Capacity Limits on Ottawa Bars, Restaurants, Gyms and Event Venues

  • Ottawa Public Health Reports Record 142 New COVID-19 Cases Friday, Along With Two New Deaths

  • Ottawa’s top doctor urges people to reconsider weekend plans as Ontario ends social bubbles

  • Ontario Moves COVID-19 Assessment Centers to Appointment Starting Next Week Only

  • City of Ottawa Postpones Fall Enrollment in Recreation and Arts Programs Due to COVID-19 Situation

Test à Ottawa:

COVID-19 screening tool:

The COVID-19 screening tool for students returning to classes in person can be found here.


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, runny nose or new or unexplained nasal congestion

Less common symptoms: unexplained fatigue, body aches, headache, delirium, chills, red / inflamed eyes, croup

Starting at 12:01 am, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, gymnasiums, fitness centers, banquet halls and event spaces in Ottawa face new capacity limits.

Ontario has introduced targeted restrictions on COVID-19 hot spots in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The new measures include:

  • Restaurants, bars and other catering establishments will be limited to a maximum of 100 customers with no more than six customers per table. Establishments should also ensure that customers who queue and congregate outside the establishment maintain a physical distance

  • Gyms and other fitness facilities should limit capacity to a maximum of 50 people. Group classes at gyms and other fitness facilities are limited to 10 people

  • The number of people allowed in meeting and event rooms, including banquet rooms, is limited to six people per table and 50 people per facility.

Ottawa Public Health reported that 142 more Ottawa residents tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, the highest day-long spike in new cases since the start of the pandemic.

Two new deaths have also been reported.

Sixty-three of the 142 new cases of COVID-19 involved Ottawa residents between the ages of 20 and 39.

Since the first case of COVID-19 on March 11, there have been 4,530 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 291 deaths.

Ottawa’s Top Doctor urges people to reconsider their weekend plans with people outside their homes, including not going to bars and restaurants with friends.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches’s renewed advocacy for people to limit their social contact came hours before Ontario put a hiatus in social circles for residents across the province.

Dr Etches asked residents on Friday to limit their social contact to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus and ease the strain on our healthcare system.

“Please, if you are planning to get together with friends or acquaintances this weekend, I ask you to reconsider,” she says, while warning that Ottawa’s health care system is in “crisis. Because of COVID-19.

COVID-19 assessment centers in Ottawa and across Ontario will be tested by appointment for COVID-19 starting next week.

Premier Doug Ford announced changes to testing procedures aimed at reducing testing queues and reducing the backlog.

Ottawa Public Health presented the new screening plan:

October 4: Walk-in testing services to be discontinued at COVID-19 assessment centers

October 6: Assessment centers will take tests by appointment

Test COVID-19 de Brewer Arena

Registrations for the City of Ottawa’s fall swimming, recreation and arts programs have been postponed due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases in Ottawa.

Registration was due to start Monday for activities for all ages: preschoolers, children, youth, families, adults and adults 50 and older.

In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, the city said Ottawa Public Health does not recommend postponing the registration period due to COVID-19.

“Staff assessed the current upward trend in infections and the shift to additional restrictions on social gatherings, and determined that postponing fall recreation and arts programs was appropriate,” Dan said. Chenier, Director General of Recreational and Cultural Facilities Services.

“This will allow us to fully understand over the coming weeks how increased restrictions could limit or prevent the offering of programs. ”

City of Ottawa


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here