Ontario reports 2,938 new cases of COVID-19; 230 in Ottawa

Ontario reported 2,938 new cases of COVID-19 on Easter Monday on top of the 3,041 reported on the Sunday of the holiday weekend.

Toronto again topped the list with 906 new cases, followed by Peel with 533 and York Region with 391, according to figures tweeted Monday morning by Health Minister Christine Elliott.

There were 10 deaths reported Monday and 16 on Sunday.

The two-day total of 5,979 new cases (the province didn’t report data on Sunday) brings Ontario’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 358,558 and 7,428 deaths.

There are 942 people hospitalized in Ontario with COVID-19, including 494 in intensive care and 293 on ventilators.

Ontario’s effective reproduction number is 1.2, meaning each person infected with COVID-19 will on average infect 1.2 others.

Canada surpassed one million cases of COVID-19 on the weekend and the disease has claimed the lives of 23,050 Canadians.

Ottawa reported 230 cases on Monday, according to the provincial data, which often differs from the figures provided locally by Ottawa Public Health. OPH reported 198 cases on Sunday and 240 on Saturday.

There were 36,600 COVID-19 tests done Sunday in the province and 46,400 done on Saturday.

As of 8 p.m. Sunday, the province had administered more than 2.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

Monday also marks the first day for Ottawa’s newest testing site at the Howard Darwin Centennial Arena on Merivale Road.

The site will remain open for at least two weeks, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for anyone older than four. Those wanting to be tested must make an appointment by calling 1-877-232-8828, a line scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The site is being run with a third-party partner, GVT Labs, and results should be available within 24 to 48 hours.

Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa:

ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/assessment-centres

Brewer Ottawa Hospital/CHEO Assessment Centre: Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Drive-thru assessment centre at National Arts Centre: Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Moodie Care and Testing Centre : Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Heron Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ray Friel Care and Testing Centre: Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Howard Darwin Centennial Arena on Merivale Road: The site will remain open for at least two weeks, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for anyone older than four. Those wanting to be tested must make an appointment by calling 1-877-232-8828, a line scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ottawa COVID-19 testing data: ottawatestingupdate.ca

Ontario vaccination portal: covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine

Call centre: 1-888-999-6488. The Vaccine Information Line is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is capable of providing assistance in 300 languages.

Vaccine eligibility in Ottawa: secureforms.ottawapublichealth.ca/vaccines/COVID-19-Vaccine-Screening-Tool

To book a pharmacy vaccine: Eligible adults aged 55 and over (if 60 or older as of the day of vaccination or, if will be 60 or older in 2021) who are interested in booking an appointment, can visit ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine to find a participating pharmacy

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