The current pandemic situation in our city continues to evolve as we receive almost daily announcements from the Province and Ottawa Public Health.
With Ottawa in the midst of a second wave of the pandemic, there are unfortunate impacts on plans for upcoming holidays, changes to City enforcement regulations, and a renewed call on all of us to take the necessary precautions to once again plank the curve, and stop the spread of this virus.
I recognize how difficult this can be for everyone and how important it is to have the most up-to-date information on hand. Therefore, I have compiled a list of sources where you can find the latest information regarding COVID-19 and our community.
New Provincial Public Health Measures and Testing Criteria
On October 2, 2020, the Province of Ontario announced several new public health restrictions and testing criteria. For more information, visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/.
Ottawa Public Health is also providing Ottawa-specific updates on its website: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/novel-coronavirus.aspx
East End Care Clinic, Pharmacies, and Testing Centres
Hôpital Montfort, working with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Ottawa Public Health, is in the process of opening a COVID-19 Care Clinic at the Ray Friel Community Centre, on 1585 Tenth Line Rd. Hôpital Montfort’s intent is to have the Clinic operational by mid-October.
For more information regarding testing in Orléans:
As more information regarding the COVID-19 Care Clinic at Ray Friel becomes available I will be updating my website at:
For more information regarding Ottawa testing centres:
COVID-19 Pharmacy Testing Locations:
Ontario Testing Centre Locations:
Resources for Families with Children in School or Daycare
Ottawa Public Health has created a web page with supports and resources for families with school-age children or children in daycare settings:
Daily COVID-19 School or Daycare Screening Tool: https://secureforms.ottawapublichealth.ca/School-Health-Sante-scolaire/COVID-19-Screening-Tool-for-Students
Attestation Letter for Return to School for Students Following Illness:
Mental Health Supports
This has been a very difficult time for everyone. If you feel that your mental health has been negatively impacted, please reach out to any of the following:
YSB Youth Crisis Line: 613-260-2360 | online chat: chat.ysb.ca
Mental Health Crisis Line: 613-722-6914,
Kids Help Phone: 800-668-6868 (crisis line)
Good2Talk Post-Secondary Student Helpline: 1-866-925-5454
Hope for Wellness Help Line 24/7: 1-855-242-3310
Distress Centre Ottawa and Region: 613-238-3311
For more information regarding mental health supports:
Ottawa Public Health Mental Health and COVID-19:
Province of Ontario Mental Health and Wellbeing: