COVID-19: What you need to know on Saturday, May 21

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13: New deaths (includes one from a data cleanup)

13,159: Total deaths

1,116: People in hospital and testing positive

160: In ICU with a COVID-related illness

67: On a ventilator (subset of previous number)

1,221: New confirmed cases (case numbers are considered underestimates with testing limited to certain groups)

1,294,447: Total cases


(Does not report on weekends)

Current public health measures

Ottawa Public Health is urging residents to stick to outdoor gatherings this weekend, if possible.

“If heading indoors, keep gatherings small, open windows, maintain distance from others and wear a mask,” it advises. “And stay home if you’re sick.“

People with symptoms who test negative on a rapid antigen test should test again within 24 to 48 hours.

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Some vaccine clinics have changes to hours over the long weekend.

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

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.

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

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Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa

Ontarians eligible for lab testing and assessment for antiviral treatment include 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.

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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