COVID-19 in Ottawa: Quick Facts for April 6, 2021

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

Fast facts:

  • The Ottawa medical officer of health says schools in the capital will be open today.
  • A joint letter from the Medical Officers of Health in Ottawa, Toronto and the Region of Peel calls for a province-wide home support order.
  • The number of known active COVID-19 cases in Ottawa is at an all-time high.
  • The Ottawa Public Health “Bruce” saga continues.

COVID-19 in numbers in Ottawa (Ottawa Public Health data):

  • New COVID-19 cases: 237 new cases Monday
  • COVID-19 total cas name: 18 260
  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 119,1
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 7.8% (March 29 to April 4)
  • Reproduction number: 1.17 (seven day average)

Test:

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 by notification of exposure through the COVID Alert app;
  • You are a resident or work in an environment that has an outbreak of COVID-19, as identified and notified by Ottawa Public Health;
  • You are a resident, worker or visitor of long-term care, retirement homes, homeless shelters or other places of gathering (for example: group homes, community supported living, communities of disabled people or regroupment centers, short-term rehabilitation, hospices and other shelters);
  • You are a person who identifies as First Nations, Inuit or Métis;
  • You are a person traveling to work in a remote First Nations, Inuit or Métis community;
  • You have received a preliminary positive result through rapid tests;
  • You should have a test 72 hours before a scheduled surgery (elective or urgent) (as recommended by your healthcare provider);
  • You are a patient and / or his / her 1 accompanying person traveling outside the country for medical treatment;
  • You are an international student who has passed your 14 day quarantine period;
  • You are a farm worker;
  • You are an educator who does not have access to pharmacy tests; or
  • You are part of a targeted testing group, as instructed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

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 Brewer Ottawa Hospital / CHEO Assessment Center: Open Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 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.
  • The Moodie Care and Testing Center: Open Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Heron care and screening center: open Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Ray Friel Treatment and Testing Center: open Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • COVID-19 Assessment Center at Howard Darwin Centennial Arena: open daily 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Downtown Community Health Center: open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 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 through Wednesday.
  • COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment Center at 300 Coventry Road: Reopens at 300 Coventry Road on Wednesday April 7.

Vaccine Eligibility Screening Tool:

To check and see if you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Ottawa, click here.

COVID-19 screening tool:

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

Symptoms:

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

The Ottawa medical officer of health says schools will be open on Tuesday.

Dr. Vera Etches made the comment when speaking Monday afternoon about Newstalk 580 CFRA’s “Ottawa Now with Kristy Cameron”.

“I’m sending a message today that schools will be open tomorrow. This is something that we are looking at. We will notify you if they have to close, ”she said.

Etches said the number of school outbreaks in Ottawa, where transmission of COVID-19 is known to occur within the school, has been relatively stable, but she and her staff are reviewing the data to advise on an approach for local schools.

Etches has been a strong supporter of keeping schools open as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying their closure is often more damaging to families and students. She stressed that the risk in schools is not transmission from one student to another or from one student to staff, but from staff bringing COVID-19 to schools in the wider community, where cases are at an all time high.

A joint letter from medical officers of health at three major Ontario public health units, including the one in Ottawa, calls on the Ford government to issue an immediate stay-at-home order for the province in the face of increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases and intensive care admissions. .

The joint letter is addressed to Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams. Dr. Eileen from Villa in Toronto, Dr. Lawrence C. Loh from Peel Region and Dr. Vera Etches from Ottawa co-signed it. Etches tweeted a copy of the letter on Monday.

“In light of the rapid deterioration of local indicators in our three public health units, we are writing today to make urgent comments on the decision to impose a province-wide emergency brake,” the report said. letter. “While the implementation of additional province-wide public health measures is welcome, more rigorous measures will be needed to reverse the skyrocketing of our health units (among others).

The three public health officials have also called on Williams to review and reduce the list of essential businesses, impose travel restrictions between other parts of Ontario, introduce paid sick leave emergency and move schools to online or blended learning in areas where school outbreaks are significant.

Home order

Ottawa Public Health reports that another 237 people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of active cases in the city to 1,815, the highest ever in the capital.

OPH’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that there have been a total of 18,260 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the first case was confirmed on March 11, 2020.

Another person in Ottawa has died from COVID-19. The city’s pandemic death toll now stands at 468 inhabitants.

It looks like the saga of “Bruce,” the fictional Ottawa Public Health social media worker who forgot to fill out a Super Bowl tweet with the correct information, continues with Bruce’s “dad”.

A tweet from the Crackup Comedy Festival includes a “special message from Ottawa Public Health” in which “Bruce’s dad” makes some comments online about his son.

In fact, “Bruce’s Father” is Canadian comedian Colin Mochrie, who hosts a Family Feud-style game show for the Crackup Comedy Festival on April 9, pitting the staff of the local Carefor association against comedians John Wing, Patrick McKenna. , David Brennan, Jessica Holmes, Jennifer Candy and Big Daddy Tazz.

Mochrie went on to say that you can make Bruce’s life easier by washing your hands, wearing a mask, staying at home, getting tested for COVID-19 when you’re sick and “in general, just stay[ing] away from people. “

Colin Mochrie Crackup

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