COVID-19 in Ottawa: The latest on COVID-19 in Ottawa for October 30, 2021

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

Quick facts:

  • New COVID-19 vaccination rules for passengers on planes, trains in Canada

  • Ottawa police make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all staff

  • A small increase in COVID-19 admissions in Ottawa

COVID-19 at Ottawa Figures (Ottawa Public Health data):

  • New COVID-19 cases: 28 cases Friday
  • Total COVID-19 cases: 30,812 th most common
  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 18.3
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 1.4 percent (average of seven days)
  • Reproduction number: 0.93 (average of seven days)

Test:

Who should take 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 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.

  • 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 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

New COVID-19 vaccination rules for travelers boarding planes and trains in Ottawa and across Canada

Travelers planning to board an aircraft at Ottawa International Airport or VIA Rail at Ottawa Train Station must now be fully vaccinated.

New rules that came into force at 03:00 on Saturday, requires everyone aged 12 and over to prove they have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to fly on domestic, cross-border or international flights departing from Canadian airports.

The rules also apply to all passengers traveling by VIA Rail and Rocky Mountain trains.

The federal government says all travelers must show airlines and railroads proof of vaccination. At airports, the Canadian Air Transport Safety Authority will support operators by confirming vaccination status.

Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport

The Ottawa Police Service will require all personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but the policy will not take effect until three months from now.

The new policy, announced Friday afternoon, will take effect when Ontario begins to lift vaccination requirements to enter restaurants, gyms and other unnecessary businesses.

After a week of pressure from Mayor Jim Watson, councilors and the public to demand that all officers be fully vaccinated, Chief Peter Sloly announced that the new policy would take effect on January 31, 2022.

As of Friday, approximately 84 percent of staff are fully vaccinated.

Ottawa police

Ottawa Public Health on Friday reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, but there has been a slight increase in hospital admissions.

There are now six patients in Ottawa area hospitals with COVID-19-related diseases, up from four on Thursday. Two people are in the intensive care unit.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa in March 2020, there have been 30,812 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 603 deaths.

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