Thirteen weeks after the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa, the medical officer of health describes the situation of COVID-19 in the capital as “good”. However, Dr. Vera Etches expressed concern over the number of COVID-19 cases linked to community transmission of the virus.
Dr. Etches told the Council that 32% of COVID-19 cases in Ottawa in the past week were unrelated to confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ottawa, an outbreak in a facility or a trip.
Dr. Etches gave an update on the current situation of COVID-19 in Ottawa, saying that the current situation of COVID-19 in Ottawa is “good”.
“All trends are positive – cases are decreasing, hospitalizations are decreasing, outbreaks are decreasing.”
There are currently nine institutional outbreaks in long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals.
Dr. Etches told the Council that Ottawa Public Health and health officials will conduct surveillance tests on staff in long-term care homes twice in June. The health unit will also test facilities and workplaces when a case of COVID-19 is detected.
The Ontario government is extending the limit on social gatherings from five to ten people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Etches admits there is confusion about social gatherings while Ontario is reopening the economy.
“I think we are living in an interesting and difficult period where we are opening certain services and the message is still that the growth of our domestic bubble is not yet welcomed or promoted by the province,” said Dr. Etches.
“It is this close contact that poses the risk of transmission. ”
Dr. Etches told Council that even though Ontario allows social gatherings for up to 10 people, officials still encourage people to go physical distance.
“What I recommend is that people use the principle of limiting your contacts as much as possible, especially your close contacts. ”
Dr. Etches says that if you are going to spend time in groups of 10, don’t spend every day with different groups of 10 people.