Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health Working with community partners to improve Ottawa’s health & well-being. En français : www.facebook.com/OttawaSante We provide public health programs and services to individuals and communities while advocating for public policies that make our city and its residents healthier.

Ottawa Public Health is governed by the Board of Health, which is comprised of elected members of City Council and public members. We are a teaching health unit and work with all post secondary educational institutions in the area. To learn more about us and our services visit www.ottawa.ca/health.

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Planning on having some drinks this weekend? Here are some tips to reduce your risk:  - Eat something - Stay hydrated: d...
09/24/2021

Planning on having some drinks this weekend? Here are some tips to reduce your risk:
- Eat something
- Stay hydrated: drink water between drinks
- Take breaks from physical activity
- Follow Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines: http://ow.ly/wbTG50GaFKT

Planning on having some drinks this weekend? Here are some tips to reduce your risk:
- Eat something
- Stay hydrated: drink water between drinks
- Take breaks from physical activity
- Follow Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines: http://ow.ly/wbTG50GaFKT

Check out our multilingual videos including Arabic, Cantonese, Polish, French (and many more) where @QCHOttawa doctors a...
09/24/2021

Check out our multilingual videos including Arabic, Cantonese, Polish, French (and many more) where @QCHOttawa doctors answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. http://ow.ly/tDxP50GbkUq

Check out our multilingual videos including Arabic, Cantonese, Polish, French (and many more) where @QCHOttawa doctors answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. http://ow.ly/tDxP50GbkUq

Hello, parents. Kindly take note of this post from our dear friends at CHEO...
09/24/2021

Hello, parents. Kindly take note of this post from our dear friends at CHEO...

The CHEO Assessment Centre now offers Do-It-Yourself Test Kits!
▶️ Parents can choose a date and time to pick-up a kit
▶️ They're available for kids ages 2 months to 18 years old
▶️ The self-swab is gentle and easy to do

Learn more + schedule a pick-up: http://ow.ly/hBKf50GfUE4

FYI: There is a mobile clinic happening this Saturday from 10am - 1pm! Look out for the bus at Riverain Park located at ...
09/24/2021

FYI: There is a mobile clinic happening this Saturday from 10am - 1pm! Look out for the bus at Riverain Park located at 400 North River Rd. No appointment needed.

OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19Vaccine

FYI: There is a mobile clinic happening this Saturday from 10am - 1pm! Look out for the bus at Riverain Park located at 400 North River Rd. No appointment needed.

OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19Vaccine

DYK? Stress, worry, uncertainty, and confusion are all normal reactions to the added pressures of the current COVID-19 p...
09/23/2021

DYK? Stress, worry, uncertainty, and confusion are all normal reactions to the added pressures of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s okay to not be okay. Speaking to a counselor can help! #MentalHealth

http://counsellingconnect.org

@CounsellingConx @CASP_CA

DYK? Stress, worry, uncertainty, and confusion are all normal reactions to the added pressures of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s okay to not be okay. Speaking to a counselor can help! #MentalHealth

http://counsellingconnect.org

@CounsellingConx @CASP_CA

09/23/2021

Earlier this year, #KidsComeFirst partners asked local youth groups to share their messages of hope, resilience and coping strategies during the #COVID19 pandemic. Take a minute and check out what O-YA Osgoode Youth Association & Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective had to say! #YourMinute #YouthMentalHealth #KidsComeFirst #OttawaChildandYouthInitiative Youth Net/Réseau Ado

Find out more: https://www.thelinkottawa.ca/en/your-minute-video-campaign_finalists.aspx

09/23/2021

As of yesterday, proof of vaccination is required in certain settings. These are indeed difficult times, and we'll get through them with kindness & empathy.

Please take a moment to listen to this message from your Medical Officer of Health.

OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19Vaccine

There are lots of options for proof of vaccination!Find out how to get yours here: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/ or ...
09/22/2021

There are lots of options for proof of vaccination!

Find out how to get yours here: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/ or call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.

Received your vaccine outside of Ontario?

Visit https://secureforms.ottawapublichealth.ca/vaccines/oop-dose/COVID-19-Out-of-Province-Dose-Documentation

There are lots of options for proof of vaccination!

Find out how to get yours here: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/ or call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.

Received your vaccine outside of Ontario?

Visit https://secureforms.ottawapublichealth.ca/vaccines/oop-dose/COVID-19-Out-of-Province-Dose-Documentation

09/22/2021

As of today, proof of vaccination is required in certain settings in our community.

Kindly remember: the people working in these settings didn't make this policy.

We know emotions are high right now, but please treat employees (& each other) with kindness & empathy.

Thank you.

ICYMI: There is a temporary COVID-19 testing centre operating until September 29th at the McNabb Arena (180 Percy St) fo...
09/21/2021

ICYMI: There is a temporary COVID-19 testing centre operating until September 29th at the McNabb Arena (180 Percy St) for individuals aged 6 months or older in need of a COVID test.

OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVIDtesting

ICYMI: There is a temporary COVID-19 testing centre operating until September 29th at the McNabb Arena (180 Percy St) for individuals aged 6 months or older in need of a COVID test.

OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVIDtesting

Join the Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition virtually Sept. 22 at 12 PM to learn how to promote & protect youth mental...
09/21/2021

Join the Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition virtually Sept. 22 at 12 PM to learn how to promote & protect youth mental health, the importance of parents’ mental health, and where to find local resources to support Ottawa families.

Register online:
www.eventbrite.ca/e/acb-intersections-tickets-168968915575

Join the Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition virtually Sept. 22 at 12 PM to learn how to promote & protect youth mental health, the importance of parents’ mental health, and where to find local resources to support Ottawa families.

Register online:
www.eventbrite.ca/e/acb-intersections-tickets-168968915575

As of September 22,  proof of vaccination will be required to enter restaurants, bars, gyms, theatres and other settings...
09/21/2021

As of September 22, proof of vaccination will be required to enter restaurants, bars, gyms, theatres and other settings.

Find the nearest vaccination site or download your proof of vaccination by visiting: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Covid19Vaccine

As of September 22, proof of vaccination will be required to enter restaurants, bars, gyms, theatres and other settings.

Find the nearest vaccination site or download your proof of vaccination by visiting: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Covid19Vaccine

Do you have Arabic speaking friends or family? We have launched a Facebook group where we can answer questions and liste...
09/21/2021

Do you have Arabic speaking friends or family? We have launched a Facebook group where we can answer questions and listen to their concerns about COVID-19.

Check it out: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/FacebookArabic

Do you have Arabic speaking friends or family? We have launched a Facebook group where we can answer questions and listen to their concerns about COVID-19.

Check it out: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/FacebookArabic

Since there is obviously nothing else to pay attention to today, be sure to tune in to the Board of Health meeting!  Wat...
09/20/2021

Since there is obviously nothing else to pay attention to today, be sure to tune in to the Board of Health meeting!

Watch it live at 3 pm: https://youtu.be/P6i9NuLzwwI

Since there is obviously nothing else to pay attention to today, be sure to tune in to the Board of Health meeting!

Watch it live at 3 pm: https://youtu.be/P6i9NuLzwwI

Don't forget! There is a temporary COVID-19 testing centre operating today at the McNabb Arena (180 Percy St) for indivi...
09/20/2021

Don't forget! There is a temporary COVID-19 testing centre operating today at the McNabb Arena (180 Percy St) for individuals aged 6 months or older in need of a COVID test.

No appointment needed!

Don't forget! There is a temporary COVID-19 testing centre operating today at the McNabb Arena (180 Percy St) for individuals aged 6 months or older in need of a COVID test.

No appointment needed!

Reminder: if you need a COVID-19 test for you or a member of your family, there is a temporary COVID-19 testing centre o...
09/19/2021

Reminder: if you need a COVID-19 test for you or a member of your family, there is a temporary COVID-19 testing centre operating today & tomorrow at the McNabb Arena (180 Percy St) for individuals aged 6 months or older.

No appointment needed!

Reminder: if you need a COVID-19 test for you or a member of your family, there is a temporary COVID-19 testing centre operating today & tomorrow at the McNabb Arena (180 Percy St) for individuals aged 6 months or older.

No appointment needed!

ICYMI: if you need your vaccination receipt, but do not have a green photo health (OHIP) card, you can call the Provinci...
09/19/2021

ICYMI: if you need your vaccination receipt, but do not have a green photo health (OHIP) card, you can call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 for an emailed copy of your receipt.

ICYMI: if you need your vaccination receipt, but do not have a green photo health (OHIP) card, you can call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 for an emailed copy of your receipt.

DYK? It is important to avoid mixing alcohol with other drugs or caffeinated beverages. Why? Learn more by checking out ...
09/18/2021

DYK? It is important to avoid mixing alcohol with other drugs or caffeinated beverages. Why? Learn more by checking out Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines: http://ow.ly/7zqI50GaFzu

DYK? It is important to avoid mixing alcohol with other drugs or caffeinated beverages. Why? Learn more by checking out Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines: http://ow.ly/7zqI50GaFzu

ICYMI: our testing partners are working to increase their capacity to meet COVID-19 testing demand.Today, tomorrow & Mon...
09/18/2021

ICYMI: our testing partners are working to increase their capacity to meet COVID-19 testing demand.

Today, tomorrow & Monday, a temporary COVID-19 testing centre will be operating at the McNabb Arena (180 Percy St) for individuals aged 6 months or older.

No appointment needed!

ICYMI: our testing partners are working to increase their capacity to meet COVID-19 testing demand.

Today, tomorrow & Monday, a temporary COVID-19 testing centre will be operating at the McNabb Arena (180 Percy St) for individuals aged 6 months or older.

No appointment needed!

NEW: our partners who manage COVID testing are working to increase their capacity to meet testing demand.This Saturday, ...
09/17/2021

NEW: our partners who manage COVID testing are working to increase their capacity to meet testing demand.

This Saturday, Sunday & Monday a temporary testing centre will be operating at the McNabb Arena (180 Percy St) for individuals aged 6 months & older.

No appointment needed!

NEW: our partners who manage COVID testing are working to increase their capacity to meet testing demand.

This Saturday, Sunday & Monday a temporary testing centre will be operating at the McNabb Arena (180 Percy St) for individuals aged 6 months & older.

No appointment needed!

Tune into the Board of Health meeting on Monday, September 20 at 3 pm to learn more about Ottawa Public Health’s Reconci...
09/17/2021

Tune into the Board of Health meeting on Monday, September 20 at 3 pm to learn more about Ottawa Public Health’s Reconcili-ACTION Plan for COVID-19 in our community.

Event will be live streamed here: https://www.youtube.com/ottawahealthsante/live

Tune into the Board of Health meeting on Monday, September 20 at 3 pm to learn more about Ottawa Public Health’s Reconcili-ACTION Plan for COVID-19 in our community.

Event will be live streamed here: https://www.youtube.com/ottawahealthsante/live

#RDO2021 is all about celebrating the many pathways to wellness in our community and fostering hope for greater substanc...
09/17/2021

#RDO2021 is all about celebrating the many pathways to wellness in our community and fostering hope for greater substance use health. Join us and @CAPSACanada at Recovery Day Ottawa today!

#RDO2021 is all about celebrating the many pathways to wellness in our community and fostering hope for greater substance use health. Join us and @CAPSACanada at Recovery Day Ottawa today!

If you know someone who has received any of their COVID-19 vaccine doses outside of Ontario, you can share this out of p...
09/17/2021

If you know someone who has received any of their COVID-19 vaccine doses outside of Ontario, you can share this out of province dose documentation form with them! https://secureforms.ottawapublichealth.ca/vaccines/oop-dose/COVID-19-Out-of-Province-Dose-Documentation

If you know someone who has received any of their COVID-19 vaccine doses outside of Ontario, you can share this out of province dose documentation form with them! https://secureforms.ottawapublichealth.ca/vaccines/oop-dose/COVID-19-Out-of-Province-Dose-Documentation

Starting tomorrow, routine and catch-up immunizations will be available at Ottawa Public Health community clinics for el...
09/16/2021

Starting tomorrow, routine and catch-up immunizations will be available at Ottawa Public Health community clinics for eligible children and youth.

Find out if your child is eligible here:
https://ottawa.ca/en/news/routine-and-catch-immunizations-available-ottawa-public-health-community-clinics-eligible-children-and-youth

Starting tomorrow, routine and catch-up immunizations will be available at Ottawa Public Health community clinics for eligible children and youth.

Find out if your child is eligible here:
https://ottawa.ca/en/news/routine-and-catch-immunizations-available-ottawa-public-health-community-clinics-eligible-children-and-youth

Have you noticed that you or someone you know is drinking more during the pandemic? Find out more about  Canada’s Low-Ri...
09/16/2021

Have you noticed that you or someone you know is drinking more during the pandemic? Find out more about Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines here: http://ow.ly/OENz50GaFoP

If you need support, visit: http://ow.ly/Ah7M50GaFoM

Have you noticed that you or someone you know is drinking more during the pandemic? Find out more about Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines here: http://ow.ly/OENz50GaFoP

If you need support, visit: http://ow.ly/Ah7M50GaFoM

With students going back to school, now is a crucial time to remember infection prevention basics:  proper hand washing,...
09/16/2021

With students going back to school, now is a crucial time to remember infection prevention basics: proper hand washing, respiratory etiquette (cover your coughs & sneezes) and staying home when you are sick.

Let’s all do our part!

With students going back to school, now is a crucial time to remember infection prevention basics: proper hand washing, respiratory etiquette (cover your coughs & sneezes) and staying home when you are sick.

Let’s all do our part!

Did you know that you're 6x more likely to develop myocarditis or pericarditis while suffering from a COVID-19 infection...
09/15/2021

Did you know that you're 6x more likely to develop myocarditis or pericarditis while suffering from a COVID-19 infection, than developing it due to a side effect from COVID-19 vaccines?

Don’t take the risk. Get fully vaccinated. OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19Vaccine

Did you know that you're 6x more likely to develop myocarditis or pericarditis while suffering from a COVID-19 infection, than developing it due to a side effect from COVID-19 vaccines?

Don’t take the risk. Get fully vaccinated. OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19Vaccine

REMINDER: We’ve set up neighbourhood vaccination hubs for COVID-19. If you still need your 1st and 2nd doses, check out ...
09/15/2021

REMINDER: We’ve set up neighbourhood vaccination hubs for COVID-19. If you still need your 1st and 2nd doses, check out our website to see if there is a hub near you! Appointments are no longer needed, and drop-ins are welcome!

More info here: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/covid-19-vaccine.aspx#Neighbourhood-Vaccination-Hubs

REMINDER: We’ve set up neighbourhood vaccination hubs for COVID-19. If you still need your 1st and 2nd doses, check out our website to see if there is a hub near you! Appointments are no longer needed, and drop-ins are welcome!

More info here: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/covid-19-vaccine.aspx#Neighbourhood-Vaccination-Hubs

Have a question about COVID-19 vaccines? Wondering what the latest updates are? Drop by our COVID-19 vaccine FAQ page to...
09/15/2021

Have a question about COVID-19 vaccines? Wondering what the latest updates are? Drop by our COVID-19 vaccine FAQ page to get your questions answered.

https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/frequently-asked-questions-about-covid-19-vaccination.aspx

Have a question about COVID-19 vaccines? Wondering what the latest updates are? Drop by our COVID-19 vaccine FAQ page to get your questions answered.

https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/frequently-asked-questions-about-covid-19-vaccination.aspx

If you are looking for your vaccination receipt, but do not have a green photo health (OHIP) card, you can call the Prov...
09/14/2021

If you are looking for your vaccination receipt, but do not have a green photo health (OHIP) card, you can call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 for an emailed copy of your receipt.

If you are looking for your vaccination receipt, but do not have a green photo health (OHIP) card, you can call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 for an emailed copy of your receipt.

Substance use disorder can impact anyone. It’s a medical condition that affects many in our community. If you or someone...
09/14/2021

Substance use disorder can impact anyone. It’s a medical condition that affects many in our community. If you or someone you know might need help please reach out. Help is available. Find resources and support here: https://www.accessmha.ca

Substance use disorder can impact anyone. It’s a medical condition that affects many in our community. If you or someone you know might need help please reach out. Help is available. Find resources and support here: https://www.accessmha.ca

Check out our pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics happening tomorrow (Sept 14) at:➡️Zak’s Diner, 220 Elgin St. from 9 AM to ...
09/13/2021

Check out our pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics happening tomorrow (Sept 14) at:

➡️Zak’s Diner, 220 Elgin St. from 9 AM to 3 PM
AND
➡️the Ottawa International Airport, 1000 Airport Parkway Dr. from 10 AM to 2 PM.

OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19Vaccine

Check out our pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics happening tomorrow (Sept 14) at:

➡️Zak’s Diner, 220 Elgin St. from 9 AM to 3 PM
AND
➡️the Ottawa International Airport, 1000 Airport Parkway Dr. from 10 AM to 2 PM.

OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19Vaccine

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At a business I visited today, at least two staff members were standing around in front of the counter, not wearing masks, talking to other staff and customers. How is that allowable?
I am disgusted and angered to see the City of Ottawa by-law fine local businesses such as Vittoria Trattoria restaurant and Saunder's Farm who were trying to operate outdoors. Proper precautions were being taken and the rate of Covid transmission was very low. In fact, indoor dining should also be allowed. Those citizens most at risk know better and stay home, while everyone else can and should go about their daily lives with the usual proper precautions of masks and social distancing. Bars and Restaurants account for only 2 per cent of COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa. This data calculated since August 1 was just released today in a Modelling Update report from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table (see PDF link below and pie graph).https://covid19-sciencetable.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/COVID-19-Modelling-Update-Oct-29-2020.pdf This proves that the latest closing of restaurants in October was almost completely useless in the province's efforts to reduce Covid cases. If you keep listening to the Health Departments, nothing will be open and our economy and social life will cease to exist as we knew it. You have taken a short term remedy to a longer term problem. In the meantime, many businesses have already closed permanently, such as the following Italian restaurants on Preston St. alone: Allegro, DiVino Wine Studio and Il Primo. Jobs, livelihoods, taxes and economic development will be lost for thousands of business owners, employees, landlords, as well as municipalities. Therefore, I ask that you immediately revoke the 28 day closure of restaurants and stop the use of local by-laws to try to enforce these needless measures. Please sign my petition at: change.org/keeprestaurantsopen
Bars and Restaurants account for only 2 % of COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa. This data calculated since August 1 was just released today in a Modelling Update report from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table (see PDF link):https://covid19-sciencetable.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/COVID-19-Modelling-Update-Oct-29-2020.pdf This proves that the latest closing of restaurants in October was almost completely useless in the province's efforts to reduce Covid cases. If you have only signed the petition, please also email Premier Doug Ford, as well as Jim Watson to increase the pressure at this critical time before any further extension of the current closing order is made. [email protected] https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/EN/feedback/default.aspx [email protected] ...... and please sign my petition at: change.org/KEEPRESTAURANTSOPEN
JUST SO EVERYONE KNOWS THEY REMOVE POST ASKING QUESTIONS THEY DON'T LIKE. THIS IS NOT FREE SPEECH. THIS ONE WILL GET REMOVED TOO.
When many doctors in Ottawa say Hallowe'en can be done safely with all the fresh air and available social distancing outside why be ridiculous and cancel the trick or treating. You allow families to go into a crowded Costco but not trick or treat? Who are you taking your orders from because their are lots of doctors that disagree with you. Why make things worse when you don't have to. Your policies are irrational and not based on real science.
Ottawa Public Health we need clarification on isolation of an elementary school child. Does their family have to isolate? Do they have to remain completely separate from the family? Is it possible to have a child under 12 self isolate based on your rules? I called you today and the response is "there is no rule" but if a kid under 12 cannot self isolate the household should isolate. Without a rule or communication this is not happening. I'd like to hear how having a child under 10 stay home but have their siblings attend school and their families out in the community is helping stop community transmission.
Where can I make an appointment for the flue shot
Sign of the times in Ottawa
What is the point of getting tested if you never get the results?
The Rideau Sport Centre is still allowing people to play doubles, both indoors and outdoors, despite the city’s decree stating singles only. They are maintaining that they can do this because they are a private club. Meanwhile, I have gotten emails from 2 other private tennis clubs, saying, no doubles allowed...... Is the RSC ok in doi;g t his?