COVID-19 in Ottawa: Quick Facts for April 7, 2021

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

Fast facts:

  • Ottawa residents 60 and older can book appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine through the provincial reservation system starting today.
  • Ottawa saw 176 more cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, as hospitalizations increase.
  • Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches defends her decision not to close schools, saying the situation in Ottawa is manageable.
  • Ottawa-based Spartan Bioscience is seeking creditor protection over concerns about the consistency of the company’s COVID-19 rapid testing.

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

  • New COVID-19 cases: 176 new cases Tuesday
  • COVID-19 total cas name: 18 436
  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 124,2
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 7.8% (March 29 to April 4)
  • Reproduction number: 1.10 (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 or meeting places specific to people with disabilities, 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.
  • 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 to Wednesday.
  • COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment Center at 300 Coventry Road: open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Ottawa residents born in 1961 or earlier will be able to book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine through the Ontario reservation system starting Wednesday.

The province announced Tuesday that all public health units using the reservation system will make appointments for residents 60 and older starting April 7.

You can make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination using the Ontario online reservation system or by calling 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) on Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

City officials confirm to CTV News Ottawa they are ready to begin deployment to adults 60 and older. Officials say there are around 36,000 vaccines on hand, but add appointments should fill up quickly.

Another 176 people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19 and one more person has died.

The weekly incidence rate of cases per 100,000 population continues to climb to record levels and now exceeds 124 cases per 100,000 population.

Tuesday was the 13th day in a row that Ottawa had reported a triple-digit daily case tally. This is the longest triple-digit case streak of the pandemic to date.

Hospitalizations and active cases also increased on Tuesday.

As Ontario school boards grapple with decision to stay open or close as third wave of COVID-19 pandemic increases, Ottawa school boards are reporting 245 active cases of COVID-19 in their school communities.

Even as schools close in Peel Region and Toronto, Ottawa Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches believes Ottawa schools should remain open despite co-signing a letter to the Chief Medical Officer of Health of the province which asked, among other things, to move schools to remote or hybrid models in areas where outbreaks are important.

In a letter to the education directors of the four councils, Etches said the situation in schools is currently manageable.

“The vast majority of COVID-19 in schools comes from community exposures. The situations identified in schools where there was possible exposure generally do not lead to transmission in schools, ”Etches wrote. “Child-to-staff and child-to-child transmissions remain rare in schools. Currently, schools are not a major driver of COVID-19 transmission, and closing them alone will not turn the current COVID-19 resurgence into action. around. “

Etches urged the school community to remain vigilant.

Eight schools in Ottawa had active outbreaks of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Classroom

Ottawa-based biotech company Spartan Bioscience Inc. is seeking creditor protection and temporarily laying off staff over concerns about the consistency of the company’s rapid COVID-19 tests.

Spartan told CTV News on Tuesday that about 60 of its 90 employees and a number of students and interns will be made redundant as the company deals with the matter.

The rapid tests were approved by Health Canada at the end of January. The company is working with the agency on a fix.

Spartan Bioscience offices in Ottawa

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