COVID-19: Ottawa Public Health reports 7 new deaths in bi-weekly report

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What you need to know at a glance

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(Reported Friday, data as of August 4)

313: New confirmed cases (in the last 3 days)

78,741: Total number of cases

7: New deaths (in the last three days)

851: Total deaths

1,027: ​​Active cases

30: In the hospital

3: In intensive care

61: Active outbreaks

Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health is reporting seven new deaths related to COVID-19 in Ottawa since Tuesday.

In a message, the agency called for continued vigilance against COVID-19.

“We are halfway through this summer vacation season and COVID levels remain high in the community. Make the most of summer by staying healthy and using layers of protection,” OPH said.

“Vaccines are the best way to protect against COVID-19. Any dose, any clinic, any time!

The health unit says that while detection levels of the sewage virus are decreasing, the positivity rate is increasing.

The unit continued to spread an optimistic message about the value of the vaccine for children.

“We are thrilled to offer vaccines to our smallest member of the community! Reserve an apartment for your child 6 months to under 5 years of age at Ottawa Public Health.

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Antiviral treatments

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Antiviral treatments are now available for people with symptoms – even mild ones – who are at higher risk of severe COVID-19, but must be taken within the first five days of symptom onset.

People can use the Ontario COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment Screener online tool to determine if they are at higher risk of serious illness and could benefit from the drug.

Test

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, as well as what to do if they have symptoms, test positive or are high-contacts. risk.

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Where to get tested for COVID-19 Ottawa

With molecular testing now a priority for people at increased risk of serious consequences from COVID-19 and those who live or work in high-risk environments, testing is no longer recommended for everyone with symptoms of the virus, a said Ottawa Public Health.

Ottawans can find out if they’re eligible and how to book a test on the health department’s website, as well as how to find in-person assessment and treatment options and private testing for travelers.

People who show symptoms or who test positive in a rapid antigen test but are ineligible for the PCR test are presumed to have COVID-19 and should self-isolate, OPH said, with more information for their high-risk contacts.

Ontario moved into the next phase of provincial reopening this month, with proof of vaccination no longer required for most indoor settings and capacity limits lifted. But companies can choose to continue to require proof of vaccination. Masks are still mandatory.

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