COVID-19 levels remain high in Ottawa as indicators decline – CBC

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COVID-19 levels remain high in Ottawa as indicators decline – CBC

by tmnationtalk on August 17, 202253 Views

3 new COVID-19 deaths in Ottawa, 2 new outbreaks

Aug 16, 2022

While many of the key indicators of COVID-19 levels in Ottawa have dropped, public health officials say levels remain high in the community.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) says the local vaccination rate of children under five is among the highest in the province.

Earlier this month, the province’s chief medical officer of health said the seventh wave of COVID-19 in Ontario had peaked.

Health officials say the current wave is driven by the BA.5 coronavirus subvariant, and is again straining a health-care system already stretched thin by staff shortages.

Two Ottawa-area hospitals had to close their emergency departments earlier this month.

OPH is asking residents to limit contacts and consider masking in crowded outdoor areas as well as inside, and is asking businesses to consider bringing back policies such as mandatory masks.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/covid19-ottawa-cases-aug-16-2022-1.6553088

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