Ottawa is approaching two weeks in Ontario’s red zone with no sign that the latest round of restrictions have slowed the spread of COVID-19 in the city.
Ottawa first entered the red-control level of Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening framework on Friday, March 19.
At that time, the city’s weekly COVID-19 incidence rate stood at 49.1 cases per 100,000 people with 2.7 per cent of all coronavirus tests coming back positive.
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As of Tuesday, Ottawa’s incidence rate has jumped to 85 cases per 100,000 population and the city’s coronavirus positivity rate was 5.0 per cent in the past week. Single-day increases in COVID-19 cases have also been in the triple digits for nearly a week.
While incidence rates of 40 cases per 100,000 and positivity rates of 2.5 per cent warrant a shift from the orange-restrict to the red-control zone on Ontario’s framework, there is no set threshold for putting a region into the grey-lockdown level.
Among the listed criteria for shifting a region into grey are continued increases in the weekly incidence and test positivity rates after entering red. Other considerations are growing coronavirus outbreaks in vulnerable settings and hospital capacities at risk of being overwhelmed.
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Provincial officials typically wait two weeks after a region has entered a new level of the reopening framework before loosening or tightening restrictions to see whether current measures are having an impact.
Vera Etches, Ottawa’s top doctor, usually has a call with Ontario’s chief medical officer of health on Tuesday afternoons to give her advice on whether Ottawa should move to a new level of the framework.
Global News has reached out to Ottawa Public Health to hear what her recommendations are at this stage but has not heard back.
Currently, six regions in Ontario are under grey-lockdown restrictions.
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Among the most useful regions to compare with is Hamilton, which entered the grey zone most recently on Monday.
Hamilton’s weekly incidence rate stood at 120.7 cases per 100,000 from March 20 to 26, according to provincial data. The city’s health unit reports a positivity rate of 3.0 per cent.
Global News has analyzed Ontario’s daily epidemiological reports to compare where COVID-19 incidence rates stood in the other five grey regions on the date they went into lockdown. Percent positivity rates were not immediately accessible for all regions.
Thunder Bay District Public Health (lockdown on March 1)
- Incidence rate from Feb. 20 to 26: 188.1 per 100,000
Toronto Public Health (lockdown on March 8)
- Incidence rate from Feb. 27 to March 5: 66.8 per 100,000
Peel Public Health (lockdown on March 8)
- Incidence rate from Feb. 27 to March 5: 85.7 per 100,000
Public Health Sudbury and Districts (lockdown on March 12)
- Incidence rate from March 3 to 9: 70.3 per 100,000
Lambton Public Health (lockdown on March 15)
- Incidence rate from March 6 to 12: 120.6 per 100,000
Note: Ottawa’s incidence rate from March 20 to 26 is listed as 65.6 cases per 100,000 on Public Health Ontario, though provincial data sometimes lags behind OPH’s locally reported figures, which place the rate at 85 per 100,000.
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Canada signs deal with Pfizer for millions of pediatric COVID-19 vaccine doses- PM Trudeau
Canada has signed a deal with Pfizer Inc to receive 2.9 million doses of their pediatric COVID-19 vaccine shortly after it is approved for use by Health Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.
“We will be receiving enough doses in Canada to ensure that all children in Canada, aged five to 11, can receive the vaccine,” said Trudeau. The vaccine is currently being reviewed by Health Canada.
(Reporting by Julie Gordon in Ottawa, Editing by Franklin Paul)
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Canada’s federal government and the 10 provinces have agreed on a standard COVID-19 electronic vaccination passport allowing domestic and foreign travel, government officials told reporters on Thursday.
The deal prevents possible confusion that could be caused if each of the provinces – which have primary responsibility for health care – issued their own unique certificates. The officials spoke on the condition they not be identified.
The document will have a federal Canadian identifying mark and meets major international smart health card standards.
“Many (countries) have said they want to see a digital … verifiable proof of vaccination, which is what we’re delivering,” said one official.
In addition, federal officials are talking to nations that are popular with Canadian travelers to brief them about the document.
The Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced earlier this month that from Oct 30, people wishing to travel domestically by plane, train or ship would have to show proof of full vaccination.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Alistair Bell)
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- Updates to Ontario and Quebec’s proof-of-vaccination systems.
- More details on the reopening of the U.S. land border.
- Another step toward approval of a vaccine for children age five to 11.
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Every Thursday, CBC Ottawa brings you this roundup of COVID-19 vaccination developments throughout the region. You can find more information through links at the bottom of the page.
There have been more than 3.5 million doses administered in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region, which has about 2.3 million residents.
That’s about 25,000 doses in the last week, slightly fewer than the previous weekly count.
Ontario’s proof-of-vaccination QR codes can be used starting Friday. People can still give paper or PDF proof, but the QR codes and provincial app used to check them are meant to be more efficient.
Quebec has a new vaccination record specifically designed for use out of the province.
Proof of vaccination is now required for visitors to many health-care facilities in Quebec. While its unvaccinated health-care workers aren’t yet suspended without pay, they are losing their pandemic bonuses.
Ninety per cent of eligible Quebec residents have had at least one dose and 86 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Eighty-eight per cent of Ontario residents age 12 and up have at least one vaccine dose, while about 83 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Quebec is allowing bars and restaurants to reach full capacity under its vaccine passport and halving the two-metre distance rule as of Nov. 1.
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After submitting its trial data, Pfizer has officially asked Health Canada to approve its vaccine for children age five to 11.
Ontario’s health minister says the province will be ready to go when the first such vaccine is available.
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The capital still has regular and pop-up clinics for anyone eligible to get a first, second or third dose, has neighbourhood vaccine hubs, and is bringing mobile vaccine clinics to those who request it.
There are pop-ups Friday afternoon at the Banff-Ledbury Pavilion and Saturday at Communauté Catholique Congolaise Bondeko d’Ottawa-Gatineau in Vanier.
More than 1.6 million doses have now been given to Ottawa residents.
Of the city’s total population of just over one million, 78 per cent of residents have had at least one dose, including 90 per cent of residents born in 2009 or earlier.
Seventy-five per cent of the total population is fully vaccinated, as are 86 per cent of eligible residents.
An infectious disease specialist said this high level of vaccination will begin to reflect in a declining number of new cases — even among people who don’t have the vaccine.
CISSSO continues to list recurring, mobile and pop-up clinics online.
The Outaouais has distributed more than 596,000 doses — combined first, second and third — among a population of about 386,000.
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It’s managing smaller clinics and mobile clinics to better reach areas with lower vaccination rates, with options shared regularly online and on its social feeds.
A mobile clinic is coming to the Addington Highlands Community Centre in Denbigh Thursday afternoon.
The region, with a population of about 213,000, has had more than 328,000 vaccine doses — combined first, second and third — given to residents.
The health unit has now given a first dose to about 89 per cent of its population 12 and older, and about 85 per cent of eligible people have been fully vaccinated.
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About 324,000 vaccine doses have been administered among a population of about 209,000. About 90 per cent of residents 12 and older are partially vaccinated, and about 86 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Details for its regular and pop-up vaccine clinics are regularly shared on its website and social media. There are clinics Thursday at Cornwall’s Benson Centre and Friday at Rockland’s Jean-Marc Lalonde Arena.
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.
The health unit has given nearly 296,000 doses to residents, seeing 97 per cent of its eligible population with at least one dose and about 94 per cent of those residents have at least two doses.
It’s making sure people saw the updated guidance they don’t have to space out flu and COVID-19 shots.
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There are regular clinics in Bancroft, Belleville and Picton. It lists community clinics on its website.
About 256,000 doses have been administered to this area’s residents. Another 5,200 or so doses have been given at CFB Trenton.
Eighty-nine per cent of the local population 12 and older has now had a first dose. Eighty-two per cent are fully vaccinated.
When ready, the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte say their clinic for kids age five to 11 will operate out of the Mohawk Community Centre.
The health unit regularly shares pop-up and walk-in clinic information online. There are clinics in Arnprior and Deep River Thursday.
With a population of about 109,000, Renfrew County has distributed about 154,000 doses as of its last update Oct. 12.
About 87 per cent of its eligible population, including military at Garrison Petawawa, have at least a first dose and about 83 per cent are fully vaccinated.
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