COVID-19: three additional deaths reported in update for Ottawa

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(Reported Friday, last report Tuesday)

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3: New deaths

888: Total Deaths

32: Ottawa residents in hospital due to active infections

2: In ICU because of active infections

117: Confirmed COVID-19 patients in Ottawa hospitals as of Wednesday (includes non-Ottawa residents), 54 in hospital because COVID-19 (4 in ICU) and 63 for other reasons (2 in ICU)

235: New COVID-19 cases (case numbers are considered underestimates with testing limited to certain groups)

82,070: Total cases

39: Ongoing outbreaks in institutional settings

14: Per cent tests positivity in the community (seven-day average as of Wednesday)

Source: Ottawa Public Health

The current public health situation

“Our monitoring indicators are showing an increase of COVID-19 in our community,” Ottawa Public Health said in a weekly “snapshot” Thursday, and overall levels of the virus “remain high.”

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Ottawa’s wastewater viral signal was high and increasing, the health unit said. The per cent of lab tests coming back positive was moderate and increasing. New COVID-19 hospitalizations were moderate and relatively unchanged from a week earlier. New confirmed outbreaks were moderate and increasing.

“Every single person who wears a mask in indoor and/or crowded public settings makes a difference,” OPH said. “Every person who stays home when sick, every person who stays up to date on recommended vaccine doses, all of it. It all matters.

“If you are feeling sick, stay home. Do not stop isolating until you have no fever and your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours. When you’re done isolating, continue to wear a mask in public for 10 days after your symptoms started.”

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OPH also reminded that the bivalent COVID-19 booster — which protects against the current COVID-19 variants in Ontario — was now available to many higher-risk people and to all adults soon.

How to get vaccinated

Book vaccination appointments through Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900 or through participating pharmacies. OPH encouraged people to make appointments because drop-in availability will be limited at community clinics.

How to get tested and treated for COVID-19

Antiviral treatments are now available for people with symptoms — even if they’re mild — who are at higher risk of severe COVID-19, but they must be taken within the first five days of symptoms starting.

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People can use the Ontario COVID-19 antiviral treatment screener to see if they’re at higher risk of severe illness and might benefit from the medication.

With lab testing in the province prioritized for people at increased risk and in high-risk settings. Ottawans can find out more about eligibility, how to book tests and seek treatment on the Ottawa Public Health website. The health unit also has self-isolation instructions.

Where to get rapid tests

Ontario is distributing free rapid antigen tests through participating pharmacy and grocery store locations.

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