OTTAWA – Hello. Here is the latest news on COVID-19 and its impact on Ottawa.
- Ottawa’s top doctor says Ottawa’s COVID-19 infection rates three times higher since Christmas
- Quebec police step up patrols to enforce new nighttime curfew
Ottawa sets new one-day record for COVID-19 cases with 234 cases on Saturday
Kingston Health Sciences Center prepares to welcome hospital patients from COVID-19 hot spot areas
COVID-19 in numbers in Ottawa (Ottawa Public Health data):
- New cases: 234 new cases on Saturday
- COVID-19 total cas name: 11 194
- COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 82,6
- Positivity rate in Ottawa: 4.7% (from January 1, 2021 to January 7, 2021)
- Reproduction number: 1.03 (seven day average)
Who should take a test?
Ottawa Public Health says there are four reasons to test for COVID-19:
- You have symptoms of COVID-19. OR
You have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as notified by Ottawa Public Health or by exposure notification through the COVID Alert app. OR
You are a resident or work in an environment that has an outbreak of COVID-19, as identified and notified by Ottawa Public Health. OR
You are eligible for testing under a targeted testing initiative led by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care.
Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa:
There are several COVID-19 testing sites in Ottawa. To make an appointment, visit https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/assessment-centres.aspx
The Ottawa Brewer Hospital / CHEO Assessment Center
Open Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday to Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Driving COVID-19 Assessment Center at the National Arts Center: Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Moodie Care and Testing Center: Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Heron care and test center: Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ray Friel Care and Testing Center: Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The McNabb Community Center COVID-19 Assessment Center: Open Monday to Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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, muscle aches, headache, delirium, chills, red / inflamed eyes, croup
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches warns Ottawa’s COVID-19 levels are “significantly higher” than before the holiday season.
“COVID-19 levels in Ottawa are considerably higher than before the holidays: three times the infection rate, the highest to date,” Dr Etches said on Twitter.
“We are deep in the ‘Red’ zone and we are approaching the ‘Gray’ territory; three times the percentage of tests returning positive; 2.5 times hospitalizations; wastewater levels are increasing. ”
Ottawa’s COVID-19 rate per 100,000 population is 82.6 over the previous seven days, and the positivity rate was 4.7% for the week of January 1-7.
On December 24, the COVID-19 cases in Ottawa per 100,000 were 29.2, while the positivity rate for the period from December 14 to 20 was 1.2 percent.
Gatineau and most of Quebec are now under a curfew for the next four weeks.
Residents must stay home between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Those who violate the night curfew face a fine of $ 1,000 to $ 6,000.
The MRC des Collines de l’Outaouais police say that their agents will apply the new curfew on their territory.
“Any citizen who is not at his home between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be considered in violation, except for specific exceptions,” said the police of the MRC des Collines, noting that essential workers and essential travel for medical reasons are exemptions.
“It will be up to each citizen to demonstrate that he is covered by one of the authorized exemptions. ”
Two weeks after Christmas, Ottawa set a new one-day record for COVID-19 cases.
Ottawa Public Health reported 234 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the second day in a row with more than 200 cases of the novel coronavirus in the capital.
The number of active COVID-19 cases is 1,104, the first time the number of active cases has exceeded 1,000.
Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa on March 11, there have been 11,194 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 395 deaths.
The Kingston Health Sciences Center is preparing to accept patients from hospitals in areas hard hit by COVID-19.
On Thursday, Ontario Health called on hospitals across the province to prepare to accept COVID-19 patients from different cities as the number of cases rises and intensive care unit space reaches capacity.
Dr David Pichora, president of the Kingston Health Sciences Center, says the region had a dozen of its 77 intensive care beds on Saturday afternoon.
“It could very well be patients with COVID,” Dr. Pichora told CTV News Ottawa. “These are patients in medicine or surgery, in ICU, non-ICU, COVID, non-COVID, that’s all that will make a difference for hospitals which are really overwhelmed. ”