COVID-19 in Ottawa: Quick Details for Oct. 12, 2020

OTTAWA – Good morning. Find the latest news on COVID-19 and its impact on Ottawa and the surrounding region.

Brief information:

  • Ottawa Public Health reported the lowest daily COVID-19 case count for the month on Sunday.

  • Police in the Outaouais are telling people that driving out the autumn leaves is not an essential trip as the region has reached the maximum COVID-19 alert level.

  • OC Transpo is about to impose fines on those who do not wear masks on public transport in Ottawa.

Testing:

Who should get a test?

According to Ottawa Public Health, there are four reasons to test for COVID-19:

  • They show symptoms of COVID-19. OR

  • You were exposed to a confirmed case of the virus as reported by Ottawa Public Health or an exposure notification through the COVID Alert app. OR

  • You are a resident or work in an environment with a COVID-19 outbreak as identified and informed by Ottawa Public Health. OR

  • They can be tested as part of a targeted testing initiative by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

Ottawa Hospital’s COVID-19 Assessment Center at Brewer Arena – 151 Brewer Way is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. However, in most cases, appointments are required LIMITED walk-in capacity is available.

To book a test for an adult, click here.

CHEO Assessment Center in the Brewer Arena – 151 Brewer Way is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tests are possible only by appointment.

Click here to book a test for a child under the age of 18.

The COVID-19 nursing clinic in 595 Moodie Dr. is TO OPEN Thanksgiving Monday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm for people with escalating symptoms and who need medical attention.

To book an appointment, click here.

The COVID-19 nursing clinic in 1485 Heron Rd. is TO OPEN Thanksgiving Monday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm for people with escalating symptoms and who need medical attention.

To book an appointment, click here.

The COVID-19 Drive-Through Assessment Center at 300 Coventry Rd. is CLOSED on Thanksgiving Monday. It will reopen on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To book an appointment, click here.

COVID-19 screening tool:

The COVID-19 screening tool for students returning to face-to-face classes can be found here.

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, stomach pain, pneumonia, new or unexplained runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Less common symptoms: unexplained tiredness, muscle pain, headache, delirium, chills, red / sore eyes, croup

Ottawa Public Health reports 54 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday, the lowest number of new cases in one day of any month.

October had two days with record cases and four days with over 100 cases. This is the first day of this month that fewer than 60 cases have occurred.

The number of hospital residents fell just as slightly as the number of new cases.

More than 44,000 tests were conducted across Ontario, including 10,000 from the province’s massive backlog.

Police in the Outaouais are asking people to stay away from the fall foliage as part of the area is in Quebec’s maximum COVID-19 alert.

Non-essential travel to other regions in Quebec or outside of Quebec is not prohibited, but is strongly recommended. Level 4 rules prohibit private gatherings and organized public activities other than religious services, funerals and demonstrations.

“Don’t forget that the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais and the city of Gatineau have been in RED ALERT mode as of today October 11th … Avoid non-essential travel. Travel around the leaves to see is not essential travel, “said the police in a Facebook post.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says crackdown on people who do not wear masks on public transport will be tougher from Tuesday.

Starting October 13, OC Transpo specialty cops will begin handing out tickets under the city’s temporary mask ordinance to people who refuse to wear masks without a valid exception.

“No more warnings. No mask, no ride and you get a ticket from Tuesday,” said Watson.

OC Transpo started a two-week mask flash on Friday, during which special police officers checked for the use of masks at transit stations, in buses and on the O-train.

OC Transpo

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