High respiratory risk in some places, rising COVID hospitalizations elsewhere – CBC

More local hospitals are changing their mask, visitor rules

Oct 04, 2023

The latest
The city’s COVID-19 numbers to watch are mostly stable or dropping at either moderate or high levels in this week’s Ottawa Public Health (OPH) updates. It has a moderate amount of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity and a low level of flu.

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

OPH is expecting the 2023-2024 respiratory virus season to be similar to its last, when COVID-19, flu and RSV surged at the same time to press health-care staff and the health system to the point the Red Cross had to help.

Experts recommend that people wear masks, keep their hands clean, gather in well-ventilated and less-crowded spaces, stay home when sick and keep up to date with COVID and flu vaccines to help protect themselves and vulnerable people.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/covid19-ottawa-levels-spread-risk-october-2023-1.6982190

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