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

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(Reported Friday)

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11: New deaths

13,063: Total deaths

1,392: people hospitalized and tested positive

156: In intensive care

1,575: New confirmed cases (the number of cases is considered an underestimate with testing limited to certain groups)

1,284,909: Total number of cases


(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” Thursday.

“While some of our surveillance indicators are slowly declining, that doesn’t mean the current wave is over,” the health unit said.

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

New hospitalizations have been moderate and relatively stable for the past week. Confirmed new outbreaks, which since January have only been reported in settings such as nursing homes and hospital wards, are moderate and declining.

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With transmission rates 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 places. Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations — instant doses are available — with boosters enhancing protection.

“This warm weather is ideal for seeing friends (and) family outdoors (which is less risky than congregating indoors),” OPH added.

“Keep gatherings small if you can and encourage attendees to be up to date on their COVID vaccines.

“And don’t forget your sunscreen!”

Ontario has extended mask mandates in hospitals, long-term care homes, public transit and other high-risk settings until June 11.

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How to get vaccinated

The fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccines are available to residents of Ontario aged 60 and over as well as First Nations, Inuit, Métis and household members aged 18 and over.

Book your vaccinations with COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900, through public health units that use their own reservation system and at participating pharmacies.

Ottawa Public Health community clinics and after-school clinics are open for walk-in injections for those eligible for a first dose, second dose or booster dose.

Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa

Ontario residents 70 and older, 60 and older with less than three doses of vaccine, and 18 and older who are immunocompromised or have less than three doses and at least one risk factor such as disease chronic can be tested and evaluated for antiviral therapy.

Molecular testing in the province has been prioritized for people at increased risk and those who live or work in high-risk settings.

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

Where to get rapid tests

Ontario distributes rapid antigen tests free of charge by pharmacies and grocery stores across the province until at least July 31.

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