Combating
COVID-19

We’re stronger together

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we work and how we live. But apart doesn’t have to mean alone. Together, and with the support of the community, we are working to keep each other safe.

As the pandemic continues to evolve, our healthcare workers and researchers gear up each day, standing alongside our patients and making important breakthroughs in the fight against COVID-19.

Tim Kluke, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation

“We are incredibly grateful to our healthcare workers and researchers who have been working tirelessly for the past year to provide exceptional care and treatments to our patients and our community.”
– Tim Kluke, President and CEO, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund at The Ottawa Hospital

Over the past year, the community has generously donated more than $2 million to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. These donations have been put to work quickly at The Ottawa Hospital, helping to fast-track more than 60 innovative projects looking to address the impact of the virus on our patients, the community, and our world.

Round 1 of Funding

Nine initial COVID-19 research projects receive donor support to explore topics such as how plasma from recovered patients could help future patients and how vulnerable populations are affected by the virus.

Round 2 of Funding

Community generosity provides seed funding for a second round of COVID-19 research projects that range from harnessing cancer-fighting viruses to exploring how the immune response to COVID-19 can differ between patients.

Round 3 of Funding

From hyperbaric oxygen to prototypes for PPE and harnessing the power of data, the latest round of COVID-19 projects has now received funding thanks to donor support.

Latest Projects Funded

Amidst exciting new updates from earlier rounds of funding, new projects are now getting underway.

The Ottawa Hospital’s COVID-19 Response

Front-line healthcare worker

A year in review: a timeline of how far we’ve come over the past year.

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Find out how the original COVID-19 Assessment Centre was created in only three days and what it’s like today.

Fr. Alex in Church

Read Fr. Alex Michalopoulos’ story of overcoming COVID-19 in our care.

Cameron Love at the Mayor’s Breakfast

On April 29, 2021, Cameron Love, President & CEO of The Ottawa Hospital, joined the Mayor’s Breakfast to speak about The Ottawa Hospital’s COVID-19 response over the last year, and learnings from the global pandemic.

Video courtesy of Rogers.

Vaccine Development and Manufacturing

With several vaccines now approved and being administered in many countries around the world, some might wonder why researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are continuing to create and test potential new vaccine candidates.

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines?

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe? What is herd immunity and when would we achieve it? Why do some vaccines need two doses?

For answers to these questions and more, read our Q&A with Dr. Kumanan Wilson.