COVID-19: Three new deaths at Ottawa Public Health November 29 update

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(Reported Tuesday, previous update Friday)

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3: New deaths

968: Total deaths

18: Ottawa residents in hospital with active infection

4: In intensive care because of an active infection

113: Confirmed COVID-19 patients in Ottawa hospitals as of Sunday (including non-residents of Ottawa), 47 hospitalized with COVID-19 (4 in intensive care) and 66 for others reasons (2 in intensive care)

81: New cases of COVID-19 (the number of cases is considered an underestimate with testing limited to certain groups)

86,371: Total number of cases

300: Active cases

18: Ongoing outbreaks in institutional settings

10.7: Percentage of positive tests in the community (seven-day average from Sunday)

Source: Ottawa Public Health

The current public health situation in Ottawa

In a « snapshot » Thursday, Ottawa Public Health said COVID-19, influenza and other respiratory viruses continued to circulate in the city.

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Influenza levels detected in Ottawa’s sewage are « very high » with levels of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and COVID-19 deemed « moderate ». For COVID-19, the rate of positive lab tests was high, while new hospital admissions and outbreaks in institutional settings were moderate.

The health unit again highlighted the « unprecedented volumes » of babies and children being taken to CHEO with respiratory symptoms.

Amid a health crisis that has pushed CHEO beyond capacity, news broke Monday that the Ontario government has approved funding to nearly double the facility’s critical care and critical care capacity. children’s hospital.

“There are things we can do to help,” OPH said last week. “Wear a properly fitted mask when in crowded indoor and outdoor public spaces and stay home when you feel sick to help us reduce the burden of these viruses in our community.

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“Keeping up to date on our COVID-19 and flu vaccinations also helps increase our protection. Many places in our community offer these vaccines, including walk-in clinics and family clinics.

How to get your COVID-19 (and flu) shot in Ottawa

OPH asked people to visit them online at for the closest vaccination options.

People can book an appointment for vaccination through Ontario’s COVID-19 Immunization Portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900, book an appointment in participating pharmacies or visit a neighborhood wellness center.

Flu shots are available at over 250 pharmacies in Ottawa. OPH’s flu vaccination clinics serve children ages six months to five years and their household members and continued to serve people without OHIP who could not get vaccinated through pharmacies or providers health care.

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How to get tested and treated for COVID-19 in Ottawa

The Brewer Park COVID-19 testing center, which opened days after the pandemic was declared, is closing on Wednesday due to a recent drop in testing appointments booked with redeployed resources and staff.

The Ottawa Hospital Clinical Assessment Center (1081 Carling Ave, Suite 601) has lowered the minimum age for appointments from 18 to 14 in an effort to « increase care options for Ottawa residents in the community and outside of hospital emergency departments”.

With lab testing in the province being prioritized for those at increased risk and in high-risk settings, Ottawa residents can find out who is eligible and how to book tests and seek treatment at a local care clinic or a assessment center on the health unit website.

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Families can also check the CHEO page for information on when to go to the emergency department and alternatives to the emergency room, including local care clinics.

Antiviral treatments are available for people with symptoms – even mild ones – who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19, but must be taken within the first five days of symptom onset.

People can use Ontario’s COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment Screening Tool to see if they are at higher risk of serious illness and could benefit from the drug.

Where to get rapid COVID-19 tests in Ottawa

Ontario is distributing rapid antigen test kits free of charge at participating pharmacies and grocery stores.

  1. A 2021 file image of the design plans for The Ottawa Hospital's new Civic Campus shows the main entrance and a research facility.

    Launch of a request for proposals for the new campus of the Civic Hospital

  2. File: CHEO (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario)

    Provincial investment will nearly double CHEO’s critical care and critical care beds

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