High level of respiratory viruses in Ottawa, and COVID keeps rising – CBC

Flu activity was stable and other respiratory virus activity dropped

Jan 12, 2023

COVID-19 was the only one of three highlighted respiratory problems to see its levels rise in Ottawa, according to the weekly update from the city’s health unit.

As of the week ending Jan. 7, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) says flu activity was stable for the second straight week and other respiratory virus activity, such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), is decreasing after a rise the previous week.

Flu trends were mixed: levels of the virus in the city’s wastewater were very high and rising, while test positivity rates were moderate and dropping. The health unit is monitoring two outbreaks, a stable number it considers low.

Ottawa’s number of confirmed flu cases in the most recent two weeks were lower than the pre-pandemic average for that timeframe. That follows nine weeks where cases were reported higher than that average.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-flu-covid-rsv-trends-levels-january-2023-1.6710042

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