Covid-19 updates

Fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine now available to residents 60 and older

Ottawa – Starting today, April 7 at 8 am, individuals aged 60 and older are eligible to book a fourth dose (booster) appointment if the recommended interval of five months (140 days) has passed since their third dose. First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their household members aged 18 and over are also eligible. The goal of this expanded eligibility is to provide individuals at higher-risk of illness from COVID-19 with an extra layer of protection. This follows recent guidance from the National Advisory Council on Immunization, and aligns with the provincial announcement on expanded fourth dose eligibility. Older adults are at greater …

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March 17, 2022

 Special statement, Dr. Brent Moloughney, Deputy Medical Officer of Health As announced by the Province last week, next Monday, March 21, masking requirements in most settings will be removed – including in schools and child-care settings – except for public transit, and health care and congregate settings such as long-term care homes. This does not mean that the pandemic is over, it means we continue being mindful of the virus’ presence in our day-to-day lives and assess risk to limit transmission and keep each other safe. We understand that many people may feel anxious or uncertain about the extent of the changes …

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March 09, 2022

Special statement from Dr. Vera Etches   Hello. Bonjour. Kwey. Today, the Province announced the next steps to ease public health measures in Ontario, which includes upcoming changes to mask requirements in public spaces and schools, expanded eligiblity for testing in high-risk settings, and changes to the isolation guidance.   I recognize that many of us may need time to adjust to these upcoming changes and it is important to have conversations and take it slow. I encourage parents, guardians, and caregivers to continue with the layers of protection that make them feel at ease and which can continue to decrease COVID-19 transmission, including masking. It …

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March 02, 2022

Dr. Vera Etches, special statement On Monday, the Board of Health held its second meeting of the year. I provided a verbal update, which you can watch in full on YouTube and read a high-level recap below.   The pandemic has been a common stressor for all of us impacting our well-being and resiliency. After two years of living with COVID-19, many of us have various losses to grieve – the loss of loved ones, employment, social celebrations of important milestones, educational achievements. The losses are unique, and some have been harder hit than others. Recognizing this grief, I call on Ottawa residents …

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February 14, 2022

Special statement by Dr. Vera Etches Today the province announced the next steps in its reopening plan to cautiously and gradually ease public health measures starting this Thursday. Here in Ottawa, monitoring indicators tell us that the level of Omicron is continuing to decline. We have seen signs of a significant decrease in COVID-19 activity, including a decline in wastewater signals, test positivity rates and new hospitalizations and outbreaks in hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes. Ottawa Public Health continues to monitor the local situation and is supporting residents to assess and reduce their level of risk of exposure to …

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February 14, 2022

 Special joint statement from Dr. Vera Etches and Donna Gray Hello. Bonjour. Kwey. The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly challenging on everyone over the last two years – physically, mentally and emotionally. And now, residents are experiencing additional challenges due to the ongoing demonstrations in the downtown core and other areas of the city. Environmental pollution, noise, racism and safety concerns have negatively impacted people’s health and created fear and anxiety in our community far beyond those physically affected. Many residents have felt the need to limit their daily activities leading to further isolation and mental health challenges especially for …

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January 12, 2022

Special statement from Dr Vera Etches and Donna Gray Hello. Bonjour. Kwey. I appreciate the mixed reaction to the announcement by the Province that in-person learning will resume on Monday, January 17.  In-person learning is welcome news for many parents and caregivers, but I can understand that others may be concerned. Parents have many questions. OPH is working closely with the local school boards and partners in child care and as more information is confirmed by the provincial government, we will work with our partners to update families and child care providers. Each family can and should make individual assessments …

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January 04, 2022

Based on what the Province presented yesterday, we know that we are facing a significant challenge with Omicron rising exponentially and the number of new people testing positive expected in the days and weeks ahead. We expect this will have a large impact on the workforce across the health care sector, along with access to hospital beds and hospital-based services. As Premier Ford and Dr. Moore said yesterday, almost everyone now will know someone who is or has been affected by COVID-19. We are bracing for the impact. We know that at this point transmission of the Omicron variant cannot …

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January 2, 2022

I am writing to you today to acknowledge the many questions and concerns about the return to school planned for many next week. While I am expecting further guidance from the province about school reopening and measures to limit transmission in the community, I am currently in support of schools returning. I have evaluated the evidence and recommendations from my healthcare colleagues that being in school is what is best for children, youth, families and the health of our community overall. The level of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in our community is very high, so the chances that students and …

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December 31st

With the highly transmissible Omicron variant, we know that COVID-19 activity is high and spreading rapidly in our community. We must do what we can to protect each other during this surge, especially people at higher-risk – people not yet fully vaccinated, immunocompromised individuals, older adults – and people who work in higher-risk settings.   Today there are 1,508 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ottawa, and 21 people are currently in hospital because of COVID-19 infection. With the current limited availability of COVID-19 testing, these numbers are an underestimate of the amount of COVID in our community. The information we have – available on the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Dashboard – shows us that COVID-19 transmission is increasing at an exponential rate in our community. The …

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November 18th Update from Ottawa Public Health We are turning another corner in our COVID-19 response as we anticipate approval for the vaccine for children aged five to 11 in the coming days. Earlier today, Ottawa Public Health released website. And, within the first week of receiving vaccine supply, Ottawa Public Health will open after-hours school pop-up vaccination clinics at different schools over four weeks. The after-school pop-up clinics will have capacity to immunize up to 10,000 children per week. A total of 73 after-hours school pop-up vaccination clinics will operate on a staggered schedule over four weeks across the city to make getting the vaccine easier for children and their families who may not be able to use the provincial booking system or travel to a community clinic. And, families may bring their children at the same time if they make an appointment for one child. Now, to parents and caregivers: I want to assure you that no child will be given a vaccine without your consent. Parents know their children best and our role is to provide the information required for them to make an informed decision. We do recommend that anyone that is eligible to get a vaccine do so. School clinics will be held after school hours and no child will be given a vaccine without parental consent. We understand that parents will have questions about the vaccine. Please visit our website for the most up to date information about the COVID vaccine for children. We are

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