Etches sees little evidence that COVID-19 infections in Ottawa have peaked to date


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City medical officer Vera Etches said there is little evidence of a spike in Ottawa since the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase, but there are some similarities to the provincial observations.

Provincial health officials believe community spread of virus has peaked.

Etches said on Monday that hospitalizations are stable and that the number of people admitted to intensive care is stable. These figures suggest that the underlying burden of infections in the community is probably also stable, she added.

“I hope this will show a drop reflecting an overall drop in infections in our community in the days to come,” said Etches.

At a late afternoon briefing by the Ottawa Board of Health during which the relaxation of certain restrictions was discussed, Etches warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. ‘be over, the overwhelming majority of the population of Ottawa is still in danger.


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