Wed. May 18th, 2022

OTTAWA – Good morning. Here’s the latest news on COVID-19 and its impact on Ottawa.

Quick facts:

  • Ontario reveals Thanksgiving guide ahead of the long weekend

  • Thirteen of 29 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday involve residents under the age of 20

  • Kingston Hospital places 59 employees indefinitely to violate vaccination mandate

  • COVID-19 outbreak at a Barrhaven elementary school, the largest in an Ottawa school during the pandemic

COVID-19 with the figures in Ottawa (data from Ottawa Public Health):

  • New cases of COVID-19: 29 cases Thursday
  • Total COVID-19 cases: 30,145
  • Cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 (previous seven days): 31.5
  • Positivity in Ottawa: 1.9 percent (seven-day average)
  • Reproduction number: 0.98 (seven day average)

Test:

Who should get a test?

Ottawa Public Health says you can get a COVID-19 test at an assessment center, nursing home, or local test site if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are showing symptoms of COVID-19;

  • You have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as reported by Ottawa Public Health or exposure message via the COVID Alert app;

  • You reside or work in an environment that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by Ottawa Public Health;

  • You are a resident, worker, or visitor to long-term care, nursing homes, homeless shelters, or other ward conditions (eg, group homes, community-supported housing, disability-specific communities or ward conditions, 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 received a preliminary positive result through rapid testing;

  • You are a patient and / or their 1 accompanying companion traveling out of the country to receive medical treatment;

  • You are a farm worker;

  • You are an educator who cannot access pharmacy tests; or

  • You are in a targeted test group as described in the instructions from the health manager.

Long-term caregivers, caregivers, volunteers, and visitors who are fully immunized against COVID-19 should not present a negative COVID-19 test before entering or visiting a nursing home.

Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa:

There are several locations for COVID-19 testing in Ottawa. To book an appointment, visit https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/assessment-centres.aspx

  • Temporary pop-up test of COVID-19 rating at McNabb Arena on Percy Street: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Brewer Ottawa Hospital / CHEO Assessment Center: Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment Center at 300 Coventry Road: Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Moodie Care and Testing Center: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Ray Friel Care and Testing Center: Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Center (Kemptville) -Campus Drive 15: Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Centretown Community Health Center: Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Sandy Hill Community Health Center: Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Somerset West Community Health Center: Open 9am to 4pm Monday to Wednesday, 1pm to 4pm Thursday and 9am to 2.30pm on Friday

COVID-19 screening tool:

COVID-19 screening tool for schools in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. All students, teachers, and school staff must complete the COVID-19 School Screening Tool daily.

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, new or unexplained runny nose or stuffy nose

Uncommon symptoms: unexplained fatigue, muscle aches, headache, delirium, chills, red / inflamed eyes, ticks

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer says you can gather with people outside your household for Thanksgiving as long as you follow current provincial collection limits.

Dr. Kieran Moore revealed guidance for Thanksgiving gatherings Thursday.

Ontario’s collection limits are currently 100 outdoors and 25 indoors.

Moore said that within a group of fully vaccinated individuals, masks are no longer necessary.

With people from multiple households being unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or status unknown, you have to wear face cover and physical distance, the province says.

Thanksgiving

Ottawa Public Health reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday, the eve of Thanksgiving weekend.

Thirteen of the 29 new cases of COVID-19 in the capital involved residents under the age of 20.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa in March 2020, there have been 30,145 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 598 deaths.

Across Ontario, there were 587 new cases of new coronavirus. Health officials say there are 119 cases in Toronto, 55 in the Peel Region and 45 in Windsor-Essex.

The Kingston Health Sciences Center has placed 59 employees indefinitely without pay for failing to comply with its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

All doctors, staff and students at Kingston, Ont. the research and teaching hospital was required to provide evidence that they had received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or a documented medical reason for not being vaccinated, by 21 September. According to the policy, all staff must be fully vaccinated by October 22nd

On September 22, the hospital placed 136 staff on a two-week, unpaid administrative leave because they had not provided evidence of a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In a statement to CTV News Ottawa on Thursday, the KHSC said over the past two weeks that 77 employees had provided evidence of vaccination or a valid exemption and would be able to return to work.

59 employees have now been placed indefinitely without pay for not complying with the policy, KHSC said.

Kingston Health Sciences Center

The COVID-19 eruption on St. Benedict Elementary School in Barrhaven is now the largest COVID-19 outbreak in an Ottawa school during the pandemic.

Ottawa Public Health says 37 students have tested positive for COVID-19 at the school, which was closed last week due to COVID-19 transmission.

52 schools in Ottawa’s four school boards have active cases of COVID-19 among students and staff.

St.  Benedict Catholic School

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