COVID-19’s slow late-summer swell continues – CBC

Health unit says health-care spaces at high risk, more hospitals changing mask rules

Sep 07, 2023

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The city’s pandemic numbers to watch are mostly stable or rising at moderate to high levels in the weekly Ottawa Public Health (OPH) updates.

Because of this, OPH says the city’s health-care institutions are at a high risk from respiratory illnesses like they would be in December, January and February.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches said around the start of the month that, like last year, COVID activity is expected to pick back up in autumn along with flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Citing the respiratory virus season, The Ottawa Hospital said it’s bringing back mandatory masking in waiting rooms and clinical areas such as patient rooms and nursing stations on Monday, Sept. 11.

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