COVID-19: 118 new cases in Ontario including 22 in Ottawa; Walmart pharmacy employee tests positive

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Across the province, the number of active cases stands at 1,070, including 48 people hospitalized for the disease, 18 in ICUs and 10 on ventilators.

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A pharmacy worker at the Walmart’s Baseline Road site tested positive for COVID-19 and was serving the public during the time they were considered contagious.

Anyone who has spent 15 minutes or more receiving service at the Walmart Pharmacy at 1375 Baseline Road. Between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on August 15 or August 16, self-isolation is required and the Ottawa Public Health is called 613-580-6744.

Public health officials will help determine if the exposure was high risk and if testing is recommended. All affected employees have already been contacted by SPO.

Customers of this Walmart who did not use the pharmacy or who did so outside of the specified hours “are not considered to be at a higher risk of exposure because of this event,” according to a public bulletin from the city of Ottawa.

In the city, meanwhile, there are currently 190 active cases of COVID-19, according to Ottawa Public Health, including 13 people in hospital, including one in an ICU.

Since the start of the pandemic, 2,893 confirmed cases have been identified in the Ottawa population and 266 people have died from the disease.

Six local institutions are fighting active epidemics of the virus.

The city on Wednesday introduced changes to its mask bylaw to help further reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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