COVID-19 in Ottawa: Highlights for August 22, 2021


OTTAWA – Hello. Here is the latest news on COVID-19 and its impact on Ottawa.

Fast facts:

  • Ontario records highest number of COVID-19 cases since early June

  • Ottawa Public School Board says work will continue until fall to upgrade ventilation and filtration systems in schools

  • Ottawa hits 85 percent of residents with dose of COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 in numbers in Ottawa (Ottawa Public Health data):

  • New cases of COVID-19: 18 new cases on Saturday
  • Total number of COVID-19 cases: 28,093
  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 12.8
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 1.6 percent (seven-day average)
  • Reproduction number: 1.06 (seven day average)


Who should take a test?

Ottawa Public Health says you can take a COVID-19 test at an assessment center, care clinic, or community testing site if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19;

  • You have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as notified by Ottawa Public Health or notification of exposure through the COVID Alert app;

  • You are a resident or work in an environment experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by Ottawa Public Health;

  • You are a resident, worker or visitor of long-term care homes, retirement homes, homeless shelters or other places of gathering (for example: group homes, community-supported housing, communities or gathering places for people with disabilities, short-term rehabilitation, hospices and other shelters);

  • You are a person who identifies as a member of the First Nations, Inuit or Métis;

  • You are a person traveling to work in a remote First Nations, Inuit or Métis community;

  • You have received a preliminary positive result from a rapid test;

  • You are a patient and / or his first companion traveling abroad for medical treatment;

  • You are a farm worker;

  • You are an educator who cannot access pharmacy tests; Where

  • You are part of a targeted testing group, as directed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s directions.

Long-term care staff, caregivers, volunteers, and visitors who are fully immune to COVID-19 are not required to take a negative COVID-19 test before entering or visiting a long-term care home duration.

Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa:

There are several sites for COVID-19 testing in Ottawa. To make an appointment, visit

  • The Brewer Ottawa Hospital / CHEO Assessment Center: Open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment Center at 300 Coventry Road: open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • The Moodie Care and Testing Center: Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • The Ray Friel care and screening center: Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • North Grenville (Kemptville) COVID-19 Assessment Center – 15 Campus Drive: Open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Downtown Community Health Center: Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Sandy Hill Community Health Center: Open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Somerset West Community Health Center: Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday

COVID-19 screening tool:

The COVID-19 screening tool for children and summer camp staff. All campers and staff must complete the COVID-19 Daily Screening Tool in Schools and Daycares.


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, abdominal pain, pneumonia, new or unexplained runny nose or nasal congestion

Less common symptoms: unexplained fatigue, muscle pain, headache, delirium, chills, red / inflamed eyes, croup

Ottawa Public Health reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday, while the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 doubled to four.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa in March 2020, there have been 28,093 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 593 deaths.

Across Ontario, there were 689 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. This is the highest number of infections in a single day since June 5.

The Ottawa Public School Board says work will continue through the fall on upgrading school ventilation and filtration systems as students return to class for a full second year of school during the COVID pandemic. 19.

Report for Tuesday’s special Ottawa Carleton District School Board meeting provides update on upgrades to ventilation systems, filtration and COVID-19 related projects ahead of the start of the school year .

According to the OCDB, to date 1,250 portable air filtration units have been deployed at the following locations in schools in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board:

  • Classrooms where increased ventilation measures were not possible due to the nature of the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) equipment

  • Isolation chambers with a higher potential for airborne virus particles

  • Classrooms where the most important steps of wearing masks, hand washing, and distancing may not be achievable (eg, all classrooms in the specialization program);

  • All junior and senior kindergarten rooms

As Ottawa takes another milestone in COVID-19 vaccine rollout with 85% of residents receiving a dose, new statistics show Ottawa has one of the highest vaccination rates in Ontario.

Ottawa Public Health reported on Friday that 85 percent of Ottawa residents aged 12 and older have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 77 percent have received two doses and are fully immunized.

According to statistics provided by Public Health Ontario, Ottawa has the fifth highest rate in Ontario for residents receiving a first dose, and the fourth highest rate for fully immunized residents.

COVID-19 vaccine in Ottawa


Julio V. Miller

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