COVID-19: what you need to know Saturday, May 7

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Ontario

(Reported on Saturday)

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24: New deaths

12,962: Total deaths

1,563: people hospitalized and tested positive

204: In intensive care

92: On fans (subset of previous issue)

2,164: New confirmed cases (the number of cases is considered an underestimate with testing limited to certain groups)

1,272,972: Total number of cases

Ottawa

(Does not report on weekends)

Current public health measures

Levels of COVID-19 in the capital “remain high,” Ottawa Public Health said Wednesday in a “snapshot” that warned this surge is not over.

While levels of viruses detected in sewage and the percentage of positive lab tests “appear to be slowly decreasing, they remain high (and could go back up if we let our guard down)”.

With warmer weather here, the health unit has suggested gathering with friends and family outdoors to strengthen relationships and mental health while reducing the risk of infection.

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Staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations reduces risk, OPH said. The boosters boost protection even for people who have had the virus with instant doses available.

“We always strongly recommend that you wear a mask when in crowded public and/or indoor places,” OPH said. “It will reduce the risk to those around you.

“So in short: this wave is not over, gather outside if you can, boost (and) wear masks. And stay home when you’re sick.

Ontario has extended mask mandates in hospitals, long-term care homes, public transit and other high-risk settings until June 11.

How to get vaccinated

Ontario public health officials should focus on increasing uptake of the third dose rather than following Quebec’s lead and making fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine available to all adults , according to health experts.

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In Ottawa, third dose vaccination rates are slightly higher than the provincial average, with 55% of Ottawa residents having received three doses.

Ottawa Public Health has made a concerted effort over the past few weeks to increase the number of residents over the age of 50 who have received at least three doses. In a statement, OPH said staff members had phoned or emailed more than 34,000 residents between the ages of 50 and 70 who had yet to receive a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines.

The fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccines are available to residents of Ontario aged 60 and over as well as First Nations, Inuit, Métis and household members aged 18 and over.

Book vaccinations through the province’s COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900, through public health units that use their own reservation systems, and at participating pharmacies.

Ottawa Public Health community clinics and after-school clinics are open for walk-in injections for those eligible for a first dose, second dose or booster dose.

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Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa

Anyone 70 and older, people 60 and older with fewer than three doses of vaccine, and people 18 and older with fewer than three doses and at least one risk factor such as a chronic health condition can now be tested and assessed for treatment in Ontario.

Molecular testing in the province has been prioritized for people at increased risk and those who live or work in high-risk settings.

Ottawans can learn more about eligibility and how to book a test on the Ottawa Public Health website, as well as what to do if they have symptoms, test positive or are high-contacts. risk.

Where to get rapid tests

Ontario is distributing free rapid antigen tests at pharmacies and grocery stores across the province until at least July 31.

-with files from Elizabeth Payne

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