Coronavirus levels in Ottawa’s wastewater hit new high – CBC

A key indicator of what health officials see as a concerning resurgence of COVID-19

Mar 31, 2022

Today’s Ottawa update
The average level of coronavirus detected in Ottawa’s wastewater has reached a record high, slightly surpassing the peak reached during a previous wave in January.

It’s a key indicator of what Ottawa Public Health (OPH) calls a concerning resurgence of COVID-19 in the city.

Tuesday saw the third-highest daily wastewater signal on record, and the highest since last spring. Those records don’t reflect the first wave of the pandemic when wastewater was not being monitored for traces of the virus.

Nine Ottawa residents are in local hospitals being treated for COVID-19, according to Thursday’s OPH update. Of those, none is in intensive care. Hospitalizations have remained stable throughout March.

Experts say the current spread may not have made its way into older age groups, and say both vaccination and increasing immunity, along with the unique characteristics of the BA.2 subvariant, seem to be contributing to that relative stability.

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