What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Tuesday, Aug. 17 – CBC

Key updates on COVID-19 in the region

Aug 17, 2021

What’s the latest?

Ontario is set to introduce a set of policies requiring employers in education and several health-care settings to develop strict COVID-19 vaccination policies for their staff, according to The Canadian Press.

Dr. Kieran Moore, the province’s chief medical officer is expected to make the announcement at 1 p.m.

Ontario Health says there has been a 94 per cent increase in Priority 2 cancer surgeries — those treating non-life threatening cancer — between March 15, 2020 to July 25, 2021 compared to the year prior, as the healthcare system catches up on the backlog.

COVID-19 prevented many Canadians from being diagnosed with cancer early, leading to worse outcomes and more invasive procedures than required if their care wasn’t delayed. Doctors warn this can extend recovery times, complicate treatment and disrupt lives.

Ottawa Public Health reports 14 more cases on Tuesday.

Quebec Premier François Legault is scheduled for a news conference at 3 p.m. where he will be joined by his health minister, Christian Dubé, and Dr. Horacio Arruda, the province’s public health director.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/covid19-ottawa-coronavirus-symptoms-information-august-17-2021-1.6143229

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