COVID-19 in Ottawa: The latest on COVID-19 in Ottawa on Tuesday, October 12th

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

Quick facts:

  • Barrhaven Elementary School Reopens After Worst School COVID-19 Outbreak in Ottawa

  • Deadline is fast approaching for staff at Ottawa’s three adult hospitals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

  • Active COVID-19 cases in Ottawa fall to the lowest level in a month

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

  • New cases of COVID-19: 27 cases Monday
  • Total COVID-19 cases: 30,316 th most common
  • Cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 (previous seven days): 25.4
  • Positivity in Ottawa: 1.7 percent (seven day average)
  • Reproduction number: 0.97 (seven day average)


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 daily until Oct. 13 from 7 p.m. 11 to 19

  • 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.


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

A Barrhaven elementary school reopens today after the largest COVID-19 outbreak in a school in Ottawa during the pandemic.

Ottawa Public Health has given the green light for St. Benedict Catholic Primary School to reopen, two weeks after it was ordered closed due to COVID-19 transmission in the school.

As of Monday, 27 students had tested positive for COVID-19 at St. Benedict.

In a letter to parents, guardians and staff, Ottawa Public Health said it has reviewed all COVID-19 protocols at the school prior to returning to class.

“All proper infection control measures (eg cleaning / disinfection, signage) have been reviewed with the school administration to ensure that best practices exist to prevent the transmission of COVID-19,” the letter said.

St.  Benedict Catholic School

Deadline is approaching for Ottawa hospital workers to be fully vaccinated

Staff at Ottawa’s three adult hospitals have four days to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Ottawa Hospital, Montfort Hospital, and Queensway-Carleton Hospital have implemented mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies that require all employees to receive two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by October 15th. Exceptions will be granted to those with a documented medical or human rights exemption.

Montfort Hospital said after Oct. 15, “Rejection of the COVID-19 vaccination will no longer be an option,” and all options would be considered to enforce the policy.

Ottawa Hospital says it would examine staff vaccination rates on Oct. 15, “and determine if further measures are needed to ensure the safety of our health environment.”

Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus

Ottawa Public Health reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 on Thanksgiving Monday, while the number of active cases dropped to its lowest level in a month.

Eleven of the 27 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa involved residents between the ages of 30 and 50, while four cases involved residents under the age of 10.

No new deaths were reported.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa in March 2020, there have been 30,316 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 598 deaths.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa dropped to 321 Monday from 348 active cases Sunday.


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