COVID-19 Update: March 29

Good afternoon Kanata North,  

This last week we have seen continued increase in the spread of COVID-19 in our city. There are currently 1,133 active COVID-19 infections. Confirmed cases have exceeded 100 daily this past week. This trend is very worrisome. This is alarming news and I implore everyone to please give thought to your individual actions and how we can all help turn this trend around. 

All of Ottawa’s COVID-19 indicators are now in the red, and case numbers continue to rise. The test positivity rate is 5%, and the reproduction rate is 1.20%. We must do better, Ottawa! 

Testing can only capture a sample of the true infection rates in our community. Every day, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) publishes a dashboard that is updated with the latest information. This past week, we have seen: 

  • Tuesday +114 
  • Wednesday +101 
  • Thursday +134 
  • Friday +121 
  • Saturday +198 
  • Sunday +130 
  • Monday +184 

Sadly, there has been a total of 460 deaths in Ottawa due to COVID-19. 

Hospitalizations  

  • This is an important metric to understand the capacity and demand that hospitals are facing. Currently, there are 36 individuals in hospital and 12 people in the intensive care unit (ICU). There has been a cumulative total of 815 individuals hospitalized and 175 people admitted into the ICU since the beginning of the pandemic.  

% Positivity Rate  

  • This is the percent of all COVID-19 tests processed which result in a positive result for the infection. This is currently at 5%. Positivity rate is another metric to show the amount of virus in our community and the lower the number the more likely COVID-19 is spreading slower in our community.   

Public Health    

  • It’s very important that OPH’s case workers can reach individuals confirmed with COVID-19 within 24 hours of being reported to them. The goal is to do this 90% of the time and currently they are not meeting this at 88%. 

Vaccine appointments
Starting today, all Ottawa residents aged 70 and over (born in or before 1951) are eligible to begin booking appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine; however, this provincial extension of the vaccine appointments has resulted in the booking of all appointments available up until April 7. As we get greater clarity and increased supply from the Province, the city will be able to open more spots. Residents are asked to check back next week and watch for further updates. 

Adult recipients of chronic home care across Ottawa  

If you are an adult recipient of chronic home care anywhere in the City of Ottawa, you can now book an appointment at a COVID vaccination clinic. Call 613-691-5505 to confirm your eligibility and book an appointment.   

Vaccine Information in Sign Language 

OPH recently published COVID-19 Resources in American Sign Language webpage that provides accuratereliable and up-to-date COVID-19 resources to Ottawa’s Deaf and hard of hearing community. The webpage includes several instructional and informational videos on topics such as physical distancing, mask wearing, mental health and more, all in American Sign Language.   

Vaccine Information for the Somali Speaking Community 

On Sunday, April 4th, 2021 from 3:00pm-5:00pm, a Town Hall is scheduled to take place for the Somali speaking community, which will aim to address concerns around the COVID-19 vaccine. The Town Hall will be hosted by Ottawa Public Health and facilitated in Somali mainly, with English and French language capacity available. This Town Hall is free and open to all members of the Somali community. Details are available here. 

Transportation  

Accommodations will be made for residents who need help with accessibility and all clinic locations are accessible. Para Transpo users can book a ride to the clinic through the COVID-19 Vaccination Trip Reservation line at 613-842-3600. If Para Transpo is not available to you, you can request a ride to and from the clinic through Ottawa Community Transportation after you have booked your appointment. If you do not have online access, please contact 211. 

Phase 2 Distribution Timeline 

Planning is ongoing for Ottawa’s Phase 2 vaccination rollout in accordance with the Province’s three-phase plan. Phase 2 is planned to take place between April 2021 and July 2021 and will include the following groups: 

  • Adults aged 60 to 79, in 5-year increments 
  •  High-risk congregate settings   
  •  Individuals with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers 
  •  Those who cannot work from home 
  •  At-risk populations 

Easter and Ramadan   

This year, the festivities of Easter and Ramadan will once again look and feel different. Below are some reminders Ottawa Public Heath is asking residents to keep in mind when planning their holiday celebrations: 

  • Indoor gatherings are limited to five people and gatherings should be limited to those within your household.   
  • Outdoor public events and social gatherings are limited to 25 people.   
  • Outdoor events still require masks and appropriate social distancing 
  • Be Social WISE and always have your mask and hand sanitizer with you.  
  • Consider planning a virtual or outdoor social activity maintaining a 2-meter distance apart.    
  • Order food from local businesses and/or restaurants.   
  • Share your family traditions through social media and tell us what makes it special for you!  
  • Try creating new traditions, like a virtual Easter egg hunt with friends and family.  
  • If using public transportation, a taxi, Uber or rideshare, make sure to follow the guidelines to keep safe.  
  • Give the gift of safety, if visiting friends and family, by doing a drive-by or dropping off gifts and treats.  

I thank you for your continued efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ask you to remain diligent in following guidelines of health officials. With the long Easter weekend approaching, I ask that you make plans that are COVIDWise, to keep your friends, family and our community healthy and safe. Your actions matter now more than ever. 

Stay safe. Take care. 

Jenna Sudds