Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

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

Quick facts:

  • Active COVID-19 cases reported at 53 schools in Ottawa

  • Cases of COVID-19 are rising, hospital admissions are falling in Ottawa on Thanksgiving Sunday

  • The federal government says Canadians should expect vaccine passports for travel in the ‘next few months’

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

  • New cases of COVID-19: 58 cases Sunday
  • Total COVID-19 cases: 30,289
  • Cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 (previous seven days): 28.0
  • Positivity in Ottawa: 1.7 percent (seven day average)
  • Reproduction number: 0.96 (average of seven days)


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

  • Temporary pop-up test of COVID-19 rating at McNabb Arena on Percy Street: Open Monday from 11 to 19

  • Brewer Ottawa Hospital / CHEO Assessment Center: Open Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

  • North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Center (Kemptville) -Campus Drive 15: Open Monday from 9 to 13

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

  • Ray Friel Care and Testing Center: Open Thanksgiving Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.


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

COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared over at five Ottawa schools over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Ottawa Public Health reported Sunday that outbreaks are now over at the following schools in Ottawa:

  • Kars at Rideau Public School

  • Jeanne-Sauvé Public Primary School

  • Notre-Dame-des-Champes Catholic primary school

  • Vincent Massey Public School

  • Odyssey public elementary school

As of Friday, Ottawa’s four school boards reported 127 active cases of COVID-19 involving students and staff. There are active cases at 53 schools in Ottawa.


Ottawa Public Health reports the highest one-day increase in new cases of COVID-19 in one week, while hospitalizations and ICU admissions for new coronavirus continue to decline.

There were 58 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday, and no new deaths were associated with the virus.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa in March 2020, there have been 30,289 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 598 deaths.

There are now four people in hospitals with COVID-19-related illnesses, down from six people on Saturday.

The federal government expects unequivocal evidence of the international travel vaccination system to be live “for the next few months.”

Intergovernmental Minister Dominic LeBlanc told CTV’s Question Time on Sunday that the government is still aiming for an autumn timeline to implement the new system.

In August, the government announced it was working with provinces and territories to develop a “pan-Canadian approach” to a passport-to-vaccination passport that would facilitate cross-border travel.

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