Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

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

Quick facts:

  • Ottawa 67 was allowed to open the Arena at TD Place for full capacity for today’s home opener

  • Restaurants were frustrated that they were left out by the lifting of capacity limits in Ontario

  • Ottawa sees the highest increase in a day in new COVID-19 cases in a week

  • Coaches, officials, volunteers must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for indoor sports in Ottawa

COVID-19 by Ottawa figures (data from Ottawa Public Health):

  • New cases of COVID-19: 48 cases Saturday
  • Total COVID-19 cases: 30,231
  • Cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 (previous seven days): 26.8
  • Positivity in Ottawa: 1.7 percent (seven day average)
  • Reproduction number: 0.97 (average of seven days)

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 Sunday and Monday from 6 p.m. 11 to 19

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

Ottawa 67s may have full house for Sunday’s home picker

The Ottawa 67s can have a capacity of 8,000 fans in the Arena at TD Place for today’s home game against Kingston Frontenacs.

The Ontario government has raised the capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings where proof of vaccination is required, allowing 100 percent capacity at venues used for concerts, sports and cinemas.

The measures mean the Ottawa 67s can have a capacity for the crowd until 2 p.m. on Sunday and Monday’s game.

All fans aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated to participate in the Games, and masks are mandatory except when eating and drinking.

TD Place arena

Restaurant owners in Ottawa are frustrated that they have been excluded from the list of venues that are allowed to operate at full capacity in Ontario.

While sports and concert venues and cinemas can operate at 100 percent capacity, bars and restaurants are limited to the number of people who can maintain physical distance.

“If it’s safe to sit with 20,000 strangers and shout and scream without a mask, there’s no reason why you can not sit still in a restaurant and still have restrictions on you,” said James Rilett of Restaurants Canada. “It makes no sense.”

The Canadian Association of Independent Companies is disappointed.

“It’s hard to point out the fact that it feels like we’re creating an unfair margin again,” said Dan Kelly, chairman of CFIB.

On Twitter, Kelly said the backlash was quick.

“Lots of messages from angry restaurant, gym, dance studio, bowling alley owners facing 50 percent capacity constraints, while major sports venues can wrap them up at 100 percent,” Kelly said.

“To be clear, it’s good news that Ontario is raising capacity limits. But doing so for the big guys and not for the small ones makes no sense and again leads to questions about why a government would so actively favor big companies over small ones. . “

COVID-19 face mask in a restaurant

Ottawa Public Health on Saturday reported 48 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, the highest increase in one day in six days.

Seventeen of the 48 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday involved residents under the age of 20.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa in March 2020, there have been 30,231 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 598 deaths. No new deaths were reported in connection with COVID-19 on Saturday.

Coaches, volunteers, and officials must now be fully vaccinated to participate in indoor organized sports in Ottawa.

Ottawa’s health officer issued a letter of instruction to coaches, volunteers and officials, making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for indoor events in the capital.

“We know that important risk factors for COVID-19 transmission include close contact, enclosed spaces, overcrowded places, prolonged exposure and heavy exhalation, all of which are prevalent with indoor organized sports activities,” said Dr. Vera Etches in a statement this week.

“The requirement that these individuals be fully vaccinated provides enhanced protection for our society – especially children who are not yet eligible for a vaccine – and further reduces the risks associated with indoor organized sports.”

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