COVID-19: What you need to know on Sunday, May 1

Ontario reported 17 new deaths on Sunday.

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(Reported Sunday)

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17: new deaths

12,842: total deaths

1,410: People in the hospital and testing positive

187: In the ICU

89: On fans (subset of the previous number)

2,799: New confirmed cases (case numbers are considered to be underestimates with testing limited to certain groups)

1,260,380: Total cases

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(Does not report on weekends)

Current public health measures

Last week, the Ottawa Public Health said: “The level of COVID in the community remains high. This is not the time to let your guard down.”

The health unit reported that the capital’s wastewater virus detection levels are very high but are decreasing, while the percentage of laboratory tests that come back positive remains high. New hospitalizations are moderate and new outbreaks are moderate and decreasing.

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OPH Advice: Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines with vaccines available and stay home when you are sick.

COVID-19 testing and treatment is available for those most at risk — but don’t delay seeking care because treatment works best if started within five days of symptoms onset, OPH said.

If in isolation, the five-day requirement only ends if symptoms improve for 24 hours and masks must be worn in public until after the 10th.

“Speaking of masks, keep using them anyway,” said OPH. “Wear a mask, especially indoors when physical distancing is not possible.

“It’s a simple (and) effective way to protect others.”

Ontario has extended mask-wearing mandates in hospitals, nursing homes, transit and other high-risk locations through June 11.

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how to get vaccinated

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

Eligible persons can book through the province’s COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling 1-833-943-3900, through public health facilities using their own reservation systems, and at participating pharmacies.

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

Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa

Anyone age 70 and older, people age 60 and older with less than three doses of the vaccine, and people over age 18 with fewer than three doses and at least one risk factor, such as a chronic medical condition, can now be tested and evaluated for treatment in Ontario.

Molecular testing in the province has been prioritized for people at increased risk and for those living or working in high-risk environments.

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

Where to take quick tests

Ontario is distributing free rapid antigen tests at pharmacies and grocery stores across the province until at least July 31.

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