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Ottawa COVID levels high, poised for increase, Etches says – CBC.ca

Recent developments:

  • Ottawa’s coronavirus wastewater average, COVID-19 hospitalizations are stable.
  • Its average test positivity and number of outbreaks drop.
  • Two more Ottawans with COVID have died.
  • COVID deaths in the EOHU, Hastings Prince Edward.

The latest Ottawa update

Ottawa’s medical officer of health told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning Tuesday that COVID levels remain high in the city and will be increasing.

“I think that we are certainly going to see more COVID again as the connections between people grow,” said Dr. Vera Etches.

“It’s not just in schools, our experience has been it’s the crowding before school, after school, it’s the social connections in homes … it’s all the different indoor sports activities. All of these things come together, it’s not necessarily the classroom itself.”

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Etches said that as summer vacations come to an end for many and school resumes, people should still think about layers of protection against getting and spreading COVID to vulnerable people.

She asked people to stay home when sick — which also helps curb the spread of other illnesses — stay up-to-date on COVID vaccines and wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.

Ottawa Public Health said in its weekly update last Thursday that the seventh pandemic wave has not ended.

Wastewater

The weekly average level of coronavirus in Ottawa’s wastewater remains high and relatively stable.

It rose for a month starting in early June, dropped for a month until early August and has plateaued for more than two weeks.

That average is about six times higher than at this point in 2021 and about three times higher than it was two years ago.

Researchers measuring and sharing the amount of novel coronavirus in Ottawa’s wastewater found the weekly average most recently peaked July 10. The most recent data is from Aug. 25. (613covid.ca)

Hospitals

Twenty-nine Ottawa residents have been admitted to a city hospital with COVID-19, according to OPH’s latest update. That’s more than reported in the last update Friday, but generally stable for about two weeks.

One patient is in intensive care.

The hospitalization figures above don’t include all patients. For example, they leave out patients admitted for other reasons who then test positive for COVID-19, those admitted for lingering COVID-19 complications, and those transferred from other health units.

The number that includes those kinds of patients has been dropping since mid-July.

Ottawa Public Health has a COVID-19 hospital count that shows all hospital patients who tested positive for COVID, including those admitted for other reasons, and who live in other areas. There were 82 as of July 10, spiking to 168 July 17 and now 87 about six weeks later. (Ottawa Public Health)

Tests, outbreaks and cases

Testing strategies changed under the Omicron variant, meaning many COVID-19 cases aren’t reflected in current counts. Public …….

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/covid19-ottawa-cases-aug-30-2022-1.6566399

Recent developments:

Ottawa’s coronavirus wastewater average, COVID-19 hospitalizations are stable.Its average test positivity and number of outbreaks drop.Two more Ottawans with COVID have died.COVID deaths in the EOHU, Hastings Prince Edward.

The latest Ottawa update

Ottawa’s medical officer of health told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning Tuesday that COVID levels remain high in the city and will be increasing.

“I think that we are certainly going to see more COVID again as the connections between people grow,” said Dr. Vera Etches.

“It’s not just in schools, our experience has been it’s the crowding before school, after school, it’s the social connections in …….

Recent developments:

Ottawa’s coronavirus wastewater average, COVID-19 hospitalizations are stable.Its average test positivity and number of outbreaks drop.Two more Ottawans with COVID have died.COVID deaths in the EOHU, Hastings Prince Edward.

The latest Ottawa update

Ottawa’s medical officer of health told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning Tuesday that COVID levels remain high in the city and will be increasing.

“I think that we are certainly going to see more COVID again as the connections between people grow,” said Dr. Vera Etches.

“It’s not just in schools, our experience has been it’s the crowding before school, after school, it’s the social connections in …….

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