32: New deaths
12,921: Total deaths
1,676: People in hospital and testing positive
205: In ICU
100: On ventilators (subset of previous number)
2,700: New confirmed cases (case numbers are considered underestimates with testing limited to certain groups)
1,268,390: Total cases
1 : New death
783: Total deaths
26: Ottawa residents in hospital due to an active infection
4: In ICU because of active infection
99: Confirmed COVID-19 patients in Ottawa hospitals as of Monday (includes non-Ottawa residents), 42 in hospital because COVID-19 (seven in ICU) and 57 for other reasons (none in ICU)
127: New COVID-19 cases (case numbers are considered underestimates with testing limited to certain groups)
1,331: Active cases
56: Ongoing outbreaks in institutional settings
15.79: Per cent test positivity in the community (seven-day average as of Tuesday)
Current public health measures
COVID-19 levels in the capital “remain high,” Ottawa Public Health said in a “snapshot” Wednesday which warned this wave isn’t over.
While levels of the virus detected in wastewater and the per cent of lab tests coming back positive “seem to be slowly decreasing, they remain high (and could climb again if we let down our guard).”
With warmer weather here, the health unit suggested gathering with friends and family outdoors to boost connections and mental health while reducing the risk of infection.
Staying up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations lowers the risk, OPH said. Boosters strengthen protection even for people who’ve had the virus and drop-in doses are available.
“We still strongly recommend that you wear a mask when in public and/or crowded indoor settings,” OPH said. “It’ll lower the risks to those around you.
“So, in short: this wave isn’t over, gather outdoors if you can, get boosted (and) wear masks. And stay home when sick.”
Ontario has extended mask mandates in hospitals, long-term care homes, on transit and other high-risk settings until June 11.
How to get vaccinated
Ontario parents will now be given the choice of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for their children between the ages of six and 11.
The provincial government had previously only made Pfizer vaccines available to that age group, even thought Health Canada had approved vaccines by both Pfizer and Moderna.
Fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccines are available to Ontario residents aged 60 and over as well as First Nation, Inuit and Métis people and household members aged 18 and up.
Eligible people can book through the province’s COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900, through public health units that use their own booking systems and at participating pharmacies.
Ottawa Public Health community clinics and after-school clinics are open for drop-in shots for people eligible for a first dose, second dose or booster dose.
Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa
Anyone 70 and older, people 60 and older with fewer than three vaccine doses, and those 18 and older with fewer than three doses and at least one risk factor such as a chronic medical 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 living or working in high-risk settings.
Where to get rapid tests
Ontario is distributing free rapid antigen tests through pharmacy and grocery store locations across the province until at least July 31.
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