Public Health Alerts, Epidemiology and Resources on COVID-19

⚠ As COVID-19 cases and contacts continue to climb in Ontario and here in Ottawa, we expect that the Ministry of Health approach to COVID-19 testing will change with new prioritization criteria that will focus on vulnerable populations and essential workers. In the interim, Ottawa Public Health advises in the event that you are unable to access timely PCR testing and regardless of your vaccination status, you must self-isolate if: 

  • you or anyone in your household has tested positive on a rapid antigen test 
  • you are a household member of someone who has tested positive on a PCR test 
  • you or anyone in your household are experiencing any of the most common symptoms of COVID- 19 
    • Fever (Temperature of 37.8 C or greater) and/or chills
    • Cough (new or worsening)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    • Extreme tiredness, lack of energy, feeling of being unwell (not related to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in the past 48 hours)
    • Muscle aches and pains (not related to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in the past 48 hours)
    • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea

Please be aware that COVID-19, in particular Omicron, often presents with minor symptoms (cough, fatigue, and/or congestion or runny nose) or causes no symptoms at all.

Last update: January 11, 2022

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Updates to public health orders and epidemiology

For current and revoked Public Health Orders and Instructions involving Ottawa Public Health.

For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation and epidemiological data please visit:

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COVID-19 physician resources

COVID-19 guidance documents


Pediatric patients

  • For those with pediatric patients, please see this CHEO alert on Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PIMS) (PDF - 743KB) potentially associated with COVID-19.
  • CHEO also has an entire page dedicated to kids and COVID-19; this includes Vaccine, Testing, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), and other COVID-19 related resources specifically targeted for kids.

Your mental health

The work that you are doing on the front lines of health care is so important and this has never been more true as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. It is normal to experience increased feelings of stress and anxiousness under these conditions. Please reach out for support if needed.

  • If you need support please call the Distress Centre Ottawa and Region 24/7 - 613-238-3311 in English or Tel-Aide Outaouais - 613-741-6433 in French.
  • For all healthcare workers, COVID Frontline Wellness is here to support your well-being.
  • Front line health service providers can contact a psychologist.
    • Counselling Connect provides free access to a same-day or next-day phone or video counselling session. This service is for children, youth, adults and families in Ottawa and the surrounding area. There is no waiting list.
    • The Walk-In Counselling clinic (613-755-2277) provides free phone or video counselling session as well as some walk-in appointments, with services available in different languages. No appointment needed.
    • The Prompt Care Clinic provides specialized mental health assessment and brief therapy for individuals with moderate illness. Clients can access these services with a referral from a primary care practitioner.
    • Access MHA is here to help find free mental health and substance use and addiction support, services and care. This service is for individuals aged 16 and older living in Ottawa and the surrounding areas.
    • is here to help your family connect with the right mental health and addiction services and care when they need it. This service is available for everyone under 21 years of age and their families in the city of Ottawa and surrounding areas.

For more support and information visit

Thank you for your ongoing work to keep our community safe and healthy.

You are not alone. We are all in this together.

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