COVID-19: What you need to know on Saturday, May 14

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Ontario

(Reported Friday)

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11: New Deaths

13,063: Total number of deaths

1,392: People in hospital and tested positive

156: On IC

1,575: New confirmed cases (case numbers are considered underestimates, with testing limited to certain groups)

1,284,909: Total Cases

Ottawa

(does not report on weekends)

Current public health measures

Levels of COVID-19 are still high in the capital, Ottawa Public Health said in a weekly “snapshot” on Thursday.

“While some of our monitoring indicators are slowly declining, it doesn’t mean the current wave is over,” the health unit says.

The “viral signal” in Ottawa’s wastewater is very high but declining, OPH said. The percentage of lab tests that come back positive is high, but decreasing.

New hospital admissions are moderate and relatively stable compared to a week ago. New confirmed outbreaks, reported only in institutional settings such as nursing homes and hospital wards since January, are moderate and declining.

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With transmission speeds still high, “assess your risk levels accordingly,” the health unit said. People can reduce their risk of infection – and the risk they pose to others – by wearing a mask in indoor and/or crowded public settings. Stay on top of COVID-19 vaccinations – drop-in doses are available – with boosters that amplify protection.

“This warm weather is great for seeing friends (and) family outside (which is a lower risk than gathering indoors),” OPH added.

“Keep meetings as small as possible and encourage attendees to be up to date on their COVID vaccines.

“And don’t forget your sunscreen!”

Ontario has extended its mandates for masks in hospitals, long-term care facilities, transit and other high-risk environments until June 11.

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How to get vaccinated?

Fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccines are available to Ontario residents aged 60 and older, as well as First Nation, Inuit and Métis people and family members 18 and older.

Book vaccinations through the county’s COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900, through public health departments that use their own booking system, and at participating pharmacies.

Ottawa Public Health’s community and after-school clinics are open to drop-in shots for those who qualify for a first dose, second dose, or booster dose.

Where to Get Tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa

Ontario residents 70 years of age and older, 60 years of age and older with less than three doses of vaccine, and 18 years of age and older who are immunocompromised or with less than three doses and at least one risk factor such as a chronic medical condition may be tested and evaluated for antiviral therapy.

Molecular testing in the province has been given priority for people at risk and people who live or work in high-risk environments.

Ottawans can learn more about eligibility and how to book a test on the Ottawa Public Health website, along with what to do if they have symptoms, test positive, or are high-risk contacts.

Where to get rapid tests?

Ontario is distributing free rapid antigen testing through pharmacies and supermarkets in the province until at least July 31.

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