What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 9 – CBC

Key updates on COVID-19 in the region

Mar 09, 2022

Citing improving health indicators, Ontario officials say they will scrap most mask mandates — including in schools, restaurants and stores — across the province on March 21, with the province’s remaining COVID-19 regulations set to drop by April 27.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore said society is learning to live with the risks of COVID. That includes vulnerable people continuing to take precautions and people being prepared for mask mandates to return if needed, he said.

Ottawa Public Health asks people to remember that people wearing masks who are less vulnerable protects people who are vulnerable.

That province is also expanding its list of settings eligible for PCR COVID testing to include home and community care settings and provincial demonstration schools.

What are the numbers to watch?
Testing can’t meet the general public’s demand because of the contagious Omicron variant, meaning many people with COVID-19 won’t be reflected in the case count.

Hospitalizations and wastewater monitoring can help fill in some of the grey areas. There’s more information in our daily story on key numbers.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/covid19-ottawa-coronavirus-symptoms-information-march-9-2022-1.6377715

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