COVID-19 outbreak linked to social event in Ottawa

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OTTAWA – Ottawa Public Health reports four cases of COVID-19 linked to a social event in Ottawa. The Ottawa COVID-19 Dashboard has listed a community COVID-19 outbreak linked to a “social event.”

No further details were available on the Ottawa Public Health dashboard of the open outbreak involving the social event.

CTV News Ottawa contacted Ottawa Public Health (OPH) to ask when the social event took place, how many people attended the social event and if anyone was ordered to self-isolate due to the social event.

“To protect the privacy of individuals, PHO cannot release additional information,” Ottawa Public Health said in a statement to CTV News Ottawa on Saturday afternoon.

There is also a community outbreak of COVID-19 in a community organizing context. No further details have been released.

Ottawa Public Health has previously posted “an example of real-world contact tracing” showing cases of COVID-19 linked to gatherings.

On October 8, public health reported that an indoor wedding in Ottawa resulted in 22 cases of COVID-19. The health unit said in September that a person with mild symptoms of COVID-19 attended a wedding with 50 people who were not physically distant or not wearing masks. Within 15 days, 208 people were asked to self-isolate and get tested.

In September, Ottawa Public Health shared an example of real-world contact tracing showing how a barbecue in an Ottawa park led more than 100 people to self-isolate. The party ultimately led to 27 positive cases of COVID-19.

“You can see how a group of 40 people, a few sick people, can quickly lead to 105 people staying at home and several more people testing positive,” Medical Officer of Health Dr Vera Etches told the city board of health in September. . .

Of the 40 people present at the outdoor gathering, two people developed symptoms of COVID-19, Etches said. One of these people then had close contact in her household, which tested positive.

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