COVID-19: Ontario reports 13,807 new cases; Free quick tests appeared on popups; staff shortages are causing a slowdown in Queensway Carleton

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  • Ottawa Public Health reports 771 new cases, no new deaths
  • Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieren Moore has notice at. 15.00


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Ontario on Thursday reported a record 13,807 new COVID-19 cases as well as eight new deaths, bringing the province’s total number of cases to 667,353 and its death toll to 10,149.

Three health care units in the province reported more than 1,000 cases each within the previous 24 hours, with Toronto confirming 3,478 new cases, Peel reporting 1,468, and York’s total number increased by 1,224.

Ottawa reported 683 new cases, according to Public Health Ontario, bringing the city’s total to 40,409 since the start of the pandemic. Due to different data collection times, these numbers may not match those issued later in the day by Ottawa Public Health.

In other heath units in the area, eastern Ontario reported 277 new cases, while Kingston had 242. Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District case numbers increased by 117, while Renfrew County reported 40 new cases.


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There are currently 86,754 active cases in the province, more than two and a half times as many as a week ago.

The province also reported 965 patients admitted with COVID-related conditions. According to the PHO, 200 patients were on intensive care, 104 on respirator.

Meanwhile, 197,280 vaccine doses were administered in the province during the 24 hours ending Wednesday night, to a total provincial level of 27,012,866. A total of 11,404,979 residents of Ontario are fully vaccinated.

Ontario’s test positivity rate was 26.9 percent on Wednesday, the highest it has been since the start of the pandemic.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario said Thursday that compliance officials will be out on New Year’s Eve and visiting bars and restaurants across the province to ensure compliance with provincial public health requirements.


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On December 19, the province introduced new public health measures in response to the widespread Omicron variant: These include 50 percent capacity limits in restaurants, bars and other food or beverage outlets and strip clubs. In addition, these establishments can not sell alcohol after noon. 22.00, and must close at. 23.00

The province is expected to release a statement Thursday as the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise.

A press conference by Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore is scheduled for 6 p.m.

He was originally scheduled to hold a press conference on Tuesday to share new rules on COVID-19 testing and case management, but the event was postponed so officials could review changes in isolation and quarantine guidelines in the United States.

Ontarians are waiting for the province to announce whether children will return to school in person or online next week in light of the recent rise in cases driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant.

Some provinces have decided to extend the winter break for some or all students, while others have chosen to switch to virtual learning from next week.

University of Toronto, Expert in Infectious Diseases, Dr. Isaac Bogoch, found some encouraging signs on the hospital’s totals.


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Latest COVID-19 news in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health reported 771 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the city to 40,594 since the pandemic started, while the death toll stood at 621.

There are 6,076 active cases in Ottawa. Of these, 13 people are hospitalized with COVID, of which three are in intensive care.

Meanwhile, two new outbreaks were reported Thursday, both in childcare settings. There are 65 active outbreaks: 23 in health care institutions, 38 in school and childcare settings and four in community settings.

The city’s seven-day infection rate, meanwhile, is 414.2 per. 100,000 residents from Tuesday, while seven-day positivity, also to Tuesday, is 22.5 percent. The estimated seven-day reproduction rate, or R

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