What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Tuesday, Aug. 31 – CBC

Key updates on COVID-19 in the region

Aug 31, 2021

What’s the latest?

The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s mask mandate will now extend to kindergartners. The board said Ottawa Public Health supports expanding the mandate and it will have a medical exemption.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) has that and more potential rule changes on the table in a special meeting tonight.

Quebec’s health minister also has a 1 p.m. ET update the day before its vaccine passport begins. Ontario’s chief medical officer of health will give his weekly briefing at 3 p.m.

Ontario is not making any sort of announcement about a vaccine passport system Tuesday, a spokesperson for Premier Doug Ford’s office says. Sources had told CBC such an announcement would come following a cabinet meeting today.

With testing numbers low across Ontario and the highly contagious delta variant an ongoing threat, experts are urging the public to get swabbed more routinely or risk super spreader events.

How many cases are there?

As of Monday, 28,339 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There are 229 known active cases, 27,517 cases considered resolved, and 593 people who have died from the illness.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/covid19-ottawa-coronavirus-symptoms-information-august-31-2021-1.6158671

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