COVID-19 levels remain “very high” in the capital, the Ottawa Department of Public Health said Thursday, stressing that everyone must maintain “layers of protection” that help limit transmission.
Ottawa sewage virus detection levels are very high and declining, while the percentage of lab tests coming back positive is very high and increasing, he said in a weekly “snapshot.”
New hospitalizations for COVID-19 are moderate and on the rise. New confirmed outbreaks in settings such as hospitals, group homes, and long-term care are moderate and declining.
Wearing masks, getting back-ups and staying home when sick are “simple actions…that work” to limit the spread of the virus and reduce its impact on people, the people around them, and the health care system and businesses local, Ottawa Public Health said. .
In the unit’s previous fortnightly COVID-19 update on Tuesday, it reported five new deaths for a total of 840 since the pandemic began in 2020.
There were 492 new cases in Tuesday’s update, though testing is limited to certain groups, with 44 Ottawa residents in hospital due to active infections, one of them in intensive care.
There were 166 confirmed COVID-19 patients in Ottawa hospitals as of Sunday, a number that included people who were not Ottawa residents. Sixty-two were hospitalized for the virus, four of them in intensive care, and 104 were hospitalized for other reasons, including two in intensive care.
Meanwhile, Public Health Ontario reported an additional 61 deaths from the virus in the week of July 17-23, up from 46 deaths the previous week.
“A trend of increasing deaths since the start of wave 7 is now evident,” the report said, noting that the trend could increase in the coming weeks and that people aged 80 and older were still seeing the highest increases. in the case rate of all age groups.
The number of cases overall was similar to previous weeks, according to the report, with the northern regions of Ontario still seeing the highest case rate increases.
How to get vaccinated
Thursday was the first day Ontario families were able to schedule vaccinations for children ages six months to under five.
“Starting today, our youngest children can access the COVID-19 vaccine and gain an extra layer of protection,” Ottawa Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches said on social media.
Ottawa Public Health has a dedicated web page about vaccination and children.
OPH said residents were encouraged to make appointments as visit availability would be limited in community and after-school vaccination clinics.
Where to get tested and treated for COVID-19 in Ottawa
Antiviral treatments are now available for people with symptoms, even if mild, who are at increased risk of severe COVID-19, but must be taken within the first five days of symptom onset.
People can use Ontario’s COVID-19 antiviral treatment detector online tool to determine if they are at increased risk of severe illness and if they could benefit from the drug.
Molecular testing has been prioritized in the province for people most at risk and those living or working in high-risk settings.
Where to get rapid tests
Ontario is distributing free rapid antigen tests through participating Pharmacy and supermarket locations..
With archives from The Canadian Press