(Reported Friday, last update Tuesday)
1: New deaths
1,003: Total deaths
31: Ottawa residents in hospital due to an active infection
3: In ICU because of an active infection
97: Confirmed COVID-19 patients in Ottawa hospitals as of Wednesday (includes non-Ottawa residents), 44 in hospital because of COVID-19 (9 in ICU) and 53 for other reasons (3 in ICU)
194: New COVID-19 cases (case numbers are considered underestimates with testing limited to certain groups)
88,851: Total cases
29: Ongoing outbreaks in institutional settings
15.29: Per cent test positivity (seven-day average as of Wednesday)
Source: Ottawa Public Health
The current public health situation in Ottawa
In a “snapshot” Wednesday, Ottawa Public Health said its indicators were showing a decrease from the week before “which is encouraging, but there are still high levels of respiratory viruses circulating in Ottawa.”
“Every layer of protection matters, especially during these cold winter months,” the public health unit said. “And every action taken helps reduce the risks of these viruses continuing to spread. It all still matters.
“Every single person who wears a high quality, well-fitted mask in public settings makes a difference. Every person who stays home when sick.Every person who gets their flu vaccine. Every person who gets their bivalent COVID-19 booster(s)…they all make a difference.”
How to get vaccinated against COVID-19 (and flu) in Ottawa
Eligible residents can drop in for 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.
Not sure if you’re due for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose? Ontario’s Ministry of Health has an online booster dose eligibility checker.
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.
How to get tested and treated in Ottawa
With the province limiting lab testing for COVID-19 to people at increased risk and in high-risk settings, Ottawa residents can find out who’s eligible 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.
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.
Where to get COVID-19 rapid tests
Last month, Ontario extended a program providing free rapid antigen test kits for COVID-19 to the end of June 2023.
People can use their postal code to find participating pharmacy and grocery store locations.