COVID-19 in Ottawa: Quick Facts for November 3, 2021

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

Quick facts:

  • A new COVID-19-related death was reported in Ottawa on Tuesday.

  • Quebec plans to lift more COVID-19 restrictions by mid-November.

  • Ottawa Public Health has laid out its plan to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 once they are approved.

  • With fewer restrictions, experts expect a busy flu season, and vaccines are now available.

COVID-19 at Ottawa Public Health Data:

  • New COVID-19 cases: 20 cases Tuesday.
  • Total COVID-19 cases: 30,903
  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 16.8
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 1.5 percent (seven day average)
  • Reproduction number: 0.99 (average of seven days)

Test:

Who should take a test?

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

  • You show COVID-19 symptoms;

  • You have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by Ottawa Public Health or exposure notice 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 community settings (e.g .: group homes, community-supported housing, disability-specific communities or community environments, short-term rehabilitation, hospices, and other shelters);

  • You are a person who identifies yourself as First Nations, Inuit or Métis;

  • You are someone who travels 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 for medical treatment;

  • You are a farm worker;

  • You are a teacher who cannot access pharmacy testing; or

  • You are in a targeted test group as outlined in the instructions of the chief physician.

Long-term care workers, caregivers, volunteers, and visitors who are fully immunized against COVID-19 are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test before entering or visiting a long-term care 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

  • COVID-19 Assessment Center at McNabb Arena at 180 Percy St .: Open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • The Brewer Ottawa Hospital / CHEO Assessment Center: Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 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) – 15 Campus Drive: 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:

The 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 Public Health reports a new death from COVID-19.

The death, a woman in her 80s, is the city’s first from the virus in more than a week, bringing the total COVID-19 death toll in Ottawa to 604.

The health unit reported 20 new cases of the virus on Tuesday, bringing the pandemic to a total of 30,903 cases since March 2020. The daily number of cases in the city has remained below 30 since October 18, when 36 new cases were reported.

Active cases have also fallen again to 188.

Across the province, officials reported 331 new cases and seven more deaths Tuesday.

Dance and song returns to bars in Quebec on November 15 as the province lifts several of its COVID-19 restrictions.

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé made the announcement during a news conference on Tuesday.

Dance floors will be reopened for the first time since March 2020. Karaoke singers will also join the dancers, who will have to follow some restrictions regarding distancing and mask use.

The vaccine pass in Quebec remains mandatory. It will also be used at ski slopes this winter, which officials say will allow ski lifts to run at full capacity and lodges to reopen.

In Ontario, nightclub capacity limits will be lifted on November 15.

Christian Dube

Ottawa Public Health officials say they will be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all children ages five to 11 within four weeks of receiving county approval.

The health unit outlined its strategy for vaccinating about 77,000 children in the age group expected to be eligible for the shot in the coming weeks, at a health council meeting this week.

Mass vaccination clinics will scale up to seven across the city, open seven days a week. Parents will be able to book appointments for their children at these clinics through the provincial booking system.

Officials also plan pop-up clinics at the school after school hours; on average 25 per week. They do not start more than a week after the vaccine has been approved for children.

There will also be 10 additional neighborhood hubs.

Ottawa Public Health-led clinics will be able to administer more than 36,000 doses per week. The goal, Turcotte said, is to reach a 90 percent vaccination rate.

Vaccine, COVID-19 vaccine,

The peak of the flu season is just a few weeks away, and pharmacies and clinics are working hard to get as many shots in the arms as possible.

Health experts say the flu season may return with a vengeance because there are fewer COVID-19 restrictions this year compared to last year, when there was little flu activity.

Some pharmacies are experiencing a supply problem with the high-dose formula of the flu shot intended for seniors and those with health complications. Experts say it is still better to get the regular dose, which is very effective, instead of waiting for the high dose and possibly getting the flu.

The CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, Justin Bates, says so far that the flu vaccine has been a success in Ontario.

“We’ve given about 500,000 through the pharmacy, flu shots so far,” Bates says. “Which is a good pace, if you look at last year, we made just under two million for the entire season.”

Ottawa Public Health’s local flu clinics begin Tuesday with four available locations right now in Ottawa. They are by appointment only and are eligible for Ottawa residents who meet certain criteria:

  • Persons aged six months to two years and their household members;

  • Newcomers to Canada;

  • Those without an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP card);

  • Those without a primary care provider, such as a physician or nurse; and

  • Those who have had difficulty accessing the vaccine at a pharmacy

You can find more information about Ottawa Public Health’s community clinics here.

Heidi Gabriel prepares a flu shot at her pharmacy

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