Keep gatherings small to avoid holiday COVID-19 restrictions, experts urge – CBC

Health units may issue orders based on local conditions, says Ontario’s top doctor

Dec 08, 2021

Eastern Ontario health officials say they’re continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and the new omicron variant in case some restrictions might be required during the holiday season.

Ontario’s latest COVID-19 modelling data was released Tuesday, and while it didn’t show an increase in the weekly average cases per 100,000 in Ottawa, the reproduction rate for COVID-19 in the capital is now above one.

The R(t) number for Ottawa, as it’s known, sits at 1.2, meaning cases are successfully spreading to more than one person.

Doug Manuel, a senior scientist at The Ottawa Hospital, said it underlines the importance of maintaining public health measures over the holidays.

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