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COVID-19: Ottawa Public Health reports one new death in semi-weekly update


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Ottawa

(Reported Tuesday, last update Friday)

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1 : New death

819: Total deaths

10: Ottawa residents in hospital due to an active infection

1: In ICU because of active infection

19: Confirmed COVID-19 patients in Ottawa hospitals as of Sunday (includes non-Ottawa residents), three in hospital because COVID-19 (none in ICU) and 16 for other reasons (one in ICU)

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

74,866:Total cases

554: Active cases

15: Ongoing outbreaks in institutional settings

16.1: Per cent test positivity in the community (seven-day average as of Sunday)

The current COVID-19 situation

In last week’s “snapshot,” Ottawa Public Health said that “indicators are showing a rise in the levels of COVID in the community.

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“We are entering a new wave, and it remains important to use our layers of protection.”

The capital’s wastewater viral signal is high and increasing, OPH said Thursday. The per cent of lab tests coming back positive for the virus is moderate and increasing. New COVID-19 hospitalizations are low and decreasing. New confirmed outbreaks are low and increasing.

Getting vaccinated, wearing a mask and staying home when sick help reduce the risk of serious illness and slow the spread of COVID-19, the health unit said.

“It’s about protecting you AND protecting those around you.”

Connecting with loved ones is important for mental health but “please keep our current situation in mind (and) assess the risks accordingly,” the health unit said.

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While new hospitalizations for COVID-19 are low, “remember that our hospitals are dealing with more than just COVID these days.”

How to get vaccinated

Book vaccinations through the province’s COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900, through public health units that use their own booking systems and at participating pharmacies.

Ottawa Public Health community and after-school clinics are open for shots — drop-in doses are available — for people eligible for first, second or booster doses.

Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa

For people with COVID-19 symptoms, including kids, care clinics remain open for assessment and testing and treatment for those eligible, OPH said Thursday.

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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.

People can use the Ontario COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment Screener tool online to determine if they’re at higher risk of severe illness and might benefit from the medication.

Molecular testing in the province has been prioritized for people at increased risk and those living or working in high-risk settings.

Ottawans can find out more about eligibility and how to book a test on the Ottawa Public Health website along with what to do if they have symptoms, test positive or are high-risk contacts.

Canada Day schedule changes

All COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be closed on Friday. Visit OPH COVID-19 online for testing centre and care clinic hours and availability on Canada Day. The health unit’s vaccine booking line and COVID-19 information line will also be closed Friday.

Where to get rapid tests

Ontario is distributing free rapid antigen tests through pharmacy and grocery store locations across the province until at least July 31.

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