COVID-19 in Ottawa: The latest on COVID-19 in Ottawa for October 28, 2021

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

Quick facts:

  • Seven Ottawa neighborhoods have fully vaccinated over 90 percent of eligible residents

  • Mayor, Councilors Call on Ottawa Police to Revise COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

  • Unvaccinated people participating in a sports match and a party lead to more than 240 high-risk COVID-19 contacts

  • Ottawa sees 27 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday

COVID-19 at Ottawa Public Health Data:

  • New COVID-19 cases: 27 cases Wednesday
  • Total COVID-19 cases: 30,756
  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 17.9
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 1.6 percent (average of seven days)
  • Reproduction number: 0.88 (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.

  • COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment Center at 300 Coventry Road: Open all seven days a week from 10.00 to 17.30. The drive-thru review closes Saturday.

  • Moodie Care and Testing Center: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, October 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Ray Friel Care and Testing Center: Open Monday to Friday from 8 to 15 Sunday, October 31 from kl. 9 to

  • 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 Fridays

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

Seven Ottawa neighborhoods surpass 90 percent of eligible residents who are fully vaccinated

Seven Ottawa neighborhoods have surpassed the Ottawa Public Health target of 90 percent of eligible residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, 86 percent of Ottawa residents 12 years and older have received two shots of COVID-19 vaccine and are considered fully vaccinated. Ninety percent of residents have received at least one shot.

According to the Ottawa Neighborhood Study, the following neighborhoods have fully vaccinated at least 90 percent of eligible residents.

  • Vars – 103.7 percent

  • Cumberland – 96 pct

  • Richmond – 92.8 pct

  • Edwards – Carlsbad Springs – 92.1 pct

  • Stittsville – 91.7 pct

  • Riverside South – Leitrim – 90.6 pct

  • Cityview-Crestview-Meadowlands – 90.2 pct

The Ottawa Police Service is under fire for its COVID-19 vaccination policy, which does not require officers and civilians to be fully vaccinated to attend work.

According to the policy released last Friday, unvaccinated members must give a negative COVID-19 test result every 72 hours.

Mayor Jim Watson is urging police to review the policy.

“I do not support what the Ottawa police have done. They are an independent organization and have their own board, but I think we should all practice what we preach,” Watson said after Wednesday’s council meeting. “We’re out there telling people to get double-vaccinated, otherwise they risk losing their jobs in the city of Ottawa. It’s not a junk thing we’re involved in, it’s a serious matter.”

Ottawa police

Ottawa Public Health says two unvaccinated people attending a sporting event and social gathering last month led at least 37 people tested positive for COVID-19, hundreds of high-risk contacts and the closure of a public school.

This is how it happened according to OPH:

  • Someone with COVID-19 was playing an organized outdoor sports game. They developed symptoms of COVID-19 the next day, but delayed the test and attended a social gathering and school while experiencing symptoms.

  • Another person with COVID-19 symptoms attended a social event with players participating in the sports game.

  • Both individuals delayed testing after developing symptoms, and neither was vaccinated against COVID-19, Ottawa Public Health said.

All those tested positive for COVID-19 had not been fully vaccinated against the virus, although they were all eligible.

Twenty-six people were tested positive on September 23rd. By September 30, 11 more people had tested positive.

OPH

Ottawa Public Health on Wednesday reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa.

Fourteen of the 27 new cases involved residents under the age of 20.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in March 2020, there have been 30,756 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 603 deaths.

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