Limit extracurricular activities as COVID-19 cases in schools grow, says Etches – CBC

Linked to ‘explosive growth’ of positive cases in Barrhaven

Dec 10, 2021

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is raising the alarm around extracurricular activities, saying they’re directly connected to rising COVID-19 case counts in city schools.

“These are important activities for children, but they’re not the most important activity,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches in a media briefing Thursday.

“School is the most important activity.”

The warning follows what Etches described as an “explosive growth” in cases in Barrhaven schools.

In an email to CBC, OPH confirmed the neighbourhoods of Barrhaven and Riverside South are currently experiencing rates of COVID-19 that are more than double the average of the rest of the city.

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