December 3, 2023

It was reported that 30 Ottawa residents are in hospital due to active infections.

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COVID-19 in Ottawa

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(Reported Tuesday, last update Friday)

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1: New death

1,018: Total deaths

30: Ottawa residents in hospital due to active infections

1: In ICU because of active infections

72: Confirmed COVID-19 patients in Ottawa hospitals as of Sunday (including non-Ottawa residents), 33 in hospital because of COVID-19 (four in ICU) and 39 for other reasons (two in ICU)

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

89,629: Total cases

16: Ongoing outbreaks in institutional settings

Source: Ottawa Public Health

The current situation in Ottawa

People can find information about who’s eligible and at what interval for flu and COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 treatment options on the OPH website, along with details on reducing the risk.

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Ottawans can also drop in at any of the Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs to get a COVID-19 booster, flu shot or information about treatment options, OPH said.

How to get vaccinated against COVID-19 (and flu) in Ottawa

Find out more about getting a COVID-19 booster at Ottawa Public Health’s community clinics. Book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment through Ontario’s online portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 or make an appointment at a participating pharmacy.

Flu shots are available at pharmacies and OPH flu shot clinics serve children aged six months to five years and their household members and people without OHIP who couldn’t get the vaccine through pharmacies or health-care providers.

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How to get tested and treated in Ottawa

Pharmacists can prescribe Paxlovid, an antiviral drug used to reduce severe outcomes from COVID-19 to eligible people at no cost, both in person and virtually. People can use Ontario’s COVID-19 online antiviral treatment screener to see if they’re at higher risk of severe illness and might benefit from the medication.

Ottawa residents can find out who’s eligible for testing and how to book tests and seek treatment at a local care clinic or assessment centre on the health unit’s website.

Families can also check out CHEO’s page on when to go to the emergency department and alternatives to the ED.

Where to get COVID-19 rapid tests

Ontario has extended a program providing free rapid antigen test kits for COVID-19 to the end of June .

People can use their postal code to find participating pharmacy and grocery store locations.

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