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COVID-19 in Ottawa: Fast Facts for Sept. 6, 2021 – Newstalk 1010 (iHeartRadio)

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Good morning. Here is the latest news on COVID-19 and its impact on Ottawa.

Fast Facts:

  • The number of known active COVID-19 cases in Ottawa is now above 300.
  • Ontario reported 811 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
  • There will be no provincial reporting today because of the Labour Day holiday.
  • Many COVID-19 testing sites in Ottawa remain open today.

COVID-19 by the numbers in Ottawa (Ottawa Public Health data):

  • New COVID-19 cases: 55 new cases on Sunday.
  • Total COVID-19 cases: 28,553
  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 23.3
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 2.2 per cent (seven day average)
  • Reproduction Number: 1.09 (seven day average)

Testing:

Who should get a test?

Ottawa Public Health says you can get a COVID-19 test at an assessment centre, care clinic, or community testing site if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are showing COVID-19 symptoms;
  • You have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by Ottawa Public Health or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app;
  • You are a resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by Ottawa Public Health;
  • You are a resident, a worker or a visitor to long-term care, retirement homes, homeless shelters or other congregate settings (for example: group homes, community supported living, disability-specific communities or congregate settings, short-term rehab, hospices and other shelters);
  • You are a person who identifies as First Nations, Inuit or Métis;
  • You are a person travelling to work in a remote First Nations, Inuit or Métis community;
  • You received a preliminary positive result through rapid testing;
  • You are a patient and/or their 1 accompanying escort tra­velling out of country for medical treatment;
  • You are a farm worker;
  • You are an educator who cannot access pharmacy-testing; or
  • You are in a targeted testing group as outlined in guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Long-term care staff, caregivers, volunteers and visitors who are fully immunized against COVID-19 are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test before entering or visiting a long-term care home.

Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa:

There are several sites for COVID-19 testing in Ottawa. To book an appointment, visit https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/assessment-centres.aspx

  • COVID-19 CHEO Assessment Centre and Kids Come First Care Clinic – Brewer Park Arena – Open Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Open Monday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • COVID-19 Assessment Centre for Adults – Brewer Park Arena – Open Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Open Monday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment Centre – Ottawa Baseball Stadium (300 Coventry Road) – Closed Saturday and Sunday. Open Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • COVID-19 Care and Testing Clinic – Moodie (595 Moodie Drive) – Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre – Ray Friel (1585 Tenth Line Road) – Closed Saturday and Sunday. Open Monday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre (Kemptville) – 15 Campus Drive – Closed Saturday. Open Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Centretown Community Health Centre – Closed Saturday and Sunday. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
  • Sandy Hill Community Health Centre – Closed Saturday and Sunday. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday
  • Somerset West Community Health Centre – Closed Saturday and Sunday. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday 

COVID-19 screening tool:

The COVID-19 screening tool for summer camp children and staff. All campers and staff must complete the COVID-19 School and Childcare screening tool daily.

Symptoms:

Classic Symptoms: fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath

Other symptoms: sore throat, difficulty swallowing, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pneumonia, new or unexplained runny nose or nasal congestion

Less common symptoms: unexplained fatigue, muscle aches, headache, delirium, chills, red/inflamed eyes, croup

Ottawa Public Health says another 55 people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19 and the number of known active cases is 320.

To date, OPH has reported 28,553 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The death toll from COVID-19 stands at 593 residents. No one in Ottawa has died from COVID-19 since July 8, 2021.

The 55 new cases reported Sunday are the most reported in a single day since June 4, when 55 cases were also reported.

The number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital fell slightly on Sunday to eight but there are now two people in intensive care.

Ottawa Public Health has recorded 188 cases of the Delta variant in the last 30 days. No one infected with the Delta variant in Ottawa has died.

There are three active COVID-19 outbreaks in the city. One is linked to a private social event and two are linked to daycares. 

 
COVID-19 Cases in Ottawa

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Sunday was the third day in a row that Ontario saw more than 800 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day.

It comes one day after the province reported 944 new cases, which was the highest daily case count in nearly five months.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says of the 811 new cases reported on Sunday, 643 were in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 168 are in fully vaccinated individuals.

There will be no provincial reporting today because it’s Labour Day. Today’s figures will be reported separately tomorrow alongside tomorrow’s new data.

Many COVID-19 testing clinics will remain open today, despite the Labour Day holiday. Ottawa Public Health also says today will be the final day for the community vaccine clinics at the Nepean Sportsplex and Ottawa City Hall.

Here’s a look at the hours of local testing sites today.

COVID-19 CHEO Assessment Centre and Kids Come First Care Clinic – Brewer Park Arena 

  • Open Monday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre for Adults – Brewer Park Arena

  • Open Monday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment Centre – Ottawa Baseball Stadium (300 Coventry Road)

  • Open Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

COVID-19 Care and Testing Clinic – Moodie (595 Moodie Drive)

  • Closed Monday

COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre – Ray Friel (1585 Tenth Line Road) 

  • Open Monday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre (Kemptville) – 15 Campus Drive

  • Open Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Centretown Community Health Centre

  • Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday

Sandy Hill Community Health Centre 

  • Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday

Somerset West Community Health Centre 

  • Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday

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Coronavirus cases in Quebec rise by 821 with three new deaths and two more hospitalizations – CTV News Montreal

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MONTREAL —
Quebec reported Saturday that 821 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the province, bringing the overall number of infections to 402,283.

Of the new infections, 609 people were unvaccinated when they received their positive result, 49 received one dose of vaccine more than two weeks prior, and 163 were double-vaxxed more than a week before the test. 

Hospitalizations rose by two bringing the total number of people receiving care in the province’s hospitals to 264. The ministry reports that 36 people checked in for care, and 34 were discharged. Of the 36, 28 were unvaccinated, two received one vaccine dose more than 14 days prior and six got both jabs more than a week before entering the hospital. 

There are 89 people in intensive care wards, which is six fewer than on Friday.

Three more people have died due to COVID-19, bringing that total to 11,321 since March 2020.

There are 508 active outbreaks in the province.

Quebec’s vaccination rate remains at 88 per cent for one dose of the eligible population and 82 per cent for both doses. 

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Spike in COVID-19 cases is pushing New Brunswick's health-care system to the limit – CTV News Atlantic

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MONCTON, N.B. —
New Brunswick’s jump in COVID-19 cases has overloaded the health-care system this week.

The Horizon Health Network is now looking to hire more staff across the province to help with the growing demand for testing and vaccinations.

The health network has seen an increased demand in testing as COVID-19 cases have soared over the last month.

“Two weeks ago, if you wanted a test, you could walk in or call and get it at almost anytime you wanted,” said Dr. Jeff Steeves with New Brunswick’s Medical Society.

But now, assessment centres are seeing long line ups and delays in testing.

Steeves wants people to get the jab and practice caution during this time to prevent overloading the system even more.

“Remember, we were running short even before COVID, so we’re trying to maintain that,” Steeves said. “Therefore, we can’t divert the staff like we did before, hence the call for new staff.”

Horizon Health’s vice-president said in a statement Friday that they are currently looking to recruit staff at vaccination clinics, assessment centres and school clinics in Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton.

“Given the recent rise in COVID activity in New Brunswick, and the increased demand for these services, we are hoping to replenish our pool of available clinicians and administrative support staff as we ramp up activity at these locations,” said Jean Daigle.

Since the province announced proof of vaccination requirements this week, public health has reported a significant jump in vaccination appointments.

On Wednesday, 1,700 appointments were booked, while yesterday there were 1,929.

Health officials say prior to Wednesday’s number, the recent average for vaccinations was 600 bookings per day. On Thursday, 600 additional vaccines had to be delivered to a clinic in Moncton.

“Things have picked up dramatically,” said Fredericton pharmacist Alistair Bursary, who says they’ve been busy taking calls from people looking to get their first or second dose.

“So, whereas we were doing perhaps 10 patients a day on average now we are probably going to hit 40-50 just at our pharmacy alone,” Bursary said.

While the demand for services continue to climb, those working on the frontlines hope to get the help they need sooner rather than later.

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Quebec reports 821 COVID-19 cases, three deaths – Winnipeg Free Press

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People line up at a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

MONTREAL – Quebec reported 821 new COVID-19 cases and three further deaths in its latest data on Saturday, as authorities expanded plans to use rapid tests in elementary schools to more regions of the province.

Health officials said hospitalizations increased by two to 264, while the number of patients in intensive care dropped by six to 89.

The province said about 80 per cent of new infections involve people who were not adequately vaccinated.

Quebec administered 19,662 vaccine doses on Friday and officials said 88 per cent of Quebecers aged 12 and older have received a first dose while 82 per cent have gotten both shots.

Health Minister Christian Dubé said in a tweet more than 1,000 of those doses went to health-care workers, with the province remaining firm on a plan to have all sector employees adequately vaccinated Oct. 15 or face reassignment or suspension without pay.

“It’s never too late to get the vaccine, it’s the best way to protect yourself and others,” Dubé wrote on Saturday.

The province conducted more than 32,000 tests on Friday and the positivity rate is 2.4 per cent.

Late Friday, Quebec’s Health Department said rapid testing in elementary schools will now extend to several administrative regions of the province where masking in classrooms is already mandatory.

In a statement, officials said the deployment will take a few weeks and include nearly 1,600 schools.

The provincial government came under criticism from opposition parties and school administrators on the rollout of the testing program.

The province appointed Daniel Paré, head of the vaccination campaign, to co-ordinate the deployment.

The Health Department said schools will have the tests and PPE needed to use the tests, reserved for students who develop COVID-19 symptoms during the day and training and protocols are being set up.

“They are a complementary tool to quickly detect cases and further protect students and school staff and ensure that young people continue to receive their education at school,” the department said.

The tests, which provide a result in 15 minutes, have been used in four neighbourhoods in Montreal and Laval since Monday.

Schools are expected to begin using the tests widely by the end of the month, when training of staff to use the tests is complete.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2021.

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