Ottawa’s COVID trends are rising, some of them quickly – CBC

Average active COVID hospitalizations more than 5 times higher than 2 weeks ago

Aug 23, 2023

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The city’s pandemic numbers to watch are all going up in the weekly Ottawa Public Health (OPH) update amid concerns over a new wave and COVID-19 mutations.

Those levels range from moderate to very high, according to OPH. High levels have been rare in recent months, let alone very high.

The last time OPH said it was concerned about high levels of COVID-19 for the general public was mid-January. Some of the indicators this Wednesday — including hospitalizations and the average test positivity — are back around that point.

Experts recommend that when people feel sick, they stay home and wear a mask if they have to go out in public. There’s more discussion about wearing a mask in or avoiding crowded indoor settings.

Staying up to date with COVID vaccines can also help protect vulnerable people. Updated booster doses are expected in early autumn.

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