COVID-19 in Ottawa: The latest news on COVID-19 in Ottawa for Tuesday, October 5


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

Fast facts:

  • Ottawa Public Health reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday

  • About 80 percent of education workers in Ontario have certified full immunization

  • High school students in the west struggle against plan to increase class sizes

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

  • New cases of COVID-19: 31 cases Monday
  • Total number of COVID-19 cases: 30,048
  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 32.8
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 1.9% (seven day average)
  • Reproduction number: 1.04 (seven day average)


Who needs to 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.

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

  • Temporary COVID-19 assessment test at McNabb Arena on Percy Street: open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • 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 5:30 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 Schools in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. All students, teachers and school staff must complete the Daily COVID-19 School Screening Tool.


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 reports the lowest number of new cases of COVID-19 in nearly a week, a day after the city surpassed 30,000 total cases of the virus.

Ontario’s education minister says about 80 percent of school staff have certified that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This is roughly the percentage of immunization observed in the eligible population province-wide.

A group of students from a Nepean high school are fighting for what they say is a safer learning environment.

It will be very difficult to keep a social distance and stay in a class of 28; we’re in laptops too, ”said Anna Reynolds, a grade 7 student at Sir Robert Borden High School.

The 12-year-old, along with a collection of friends, is fighting the school reorganization that would see their class from 22 go up to 28.

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