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 deaths

1,392: People in hospital and testing positive

156: In ICU

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” Thursday.

“While some of our monitoring indicators are slowly decreasing, this does not mean the current wave is over,” the health unit.

The “viral signal” in Ottawa’s wastewater is very high but decreasing, OPH said. The per cent of lab tests coming back positive is high but decreasing.

New hospitalizations are moderate and relatively stable from a week ago. New confirmed outbreaks, which since January are only reported in institutional settings such as nursing homes and hospital wards, are moderate and decreasing.

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

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

“Keep gatherings small if you can and encourage those attending 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, on transit and other high-risk settings 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 over as well as First Nation, Inuit and Métis people and household members aged 18 and up.

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

Ottawa Public Health community clinics and after-school clinics are open for drop-in shots for people 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 fewer than three vaccine doses and 18 and older who and immunocompromised or with fewer than three doses and at least one risk factor such as a chronic medical condition can be tested and assessed for antiviral treatment.

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

Ottawans can find out 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 tests through pharmacy and grocery store locations across the province until at least July 31.

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