Winter COVID-19 rise eases in latest update – CBC

Ottawa COVID trends are either stable at, or dropping from high levels

Jan 17, 2023

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Some of Ottawa’s pandemic trends had reached very high levels last week. The dynamic has been different in the days since, whether that’s been growth stopping or levels dropping.

While positive local health-care news has been elusive in recent weeks, CHEO said Tuesday it can now care for patients who are age 16 or 17 again as its situation stabilizes.

At the same time, other local hospitals say they remain incredibly busy and respiratory illnesses are a factor. Officials are trying to battle nonchalance around masking as high levels of COVID mixes with improved flu and RSV signals.

Experts strongly recommend people wear masks indoors and, in Ontario, in the days after having COVID symptoms. Staying home when sick, keeping surfaces clean and being up-to-date with COVID and flu vaccines also help protect vulnerable people.

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