Ottawa will enter the province’s Red level of COVID-19 of COVID-19 preventive measures as of midnight Friday morning, Ontarioo announced Thursday.
The province “is taking immediate action to contain COVID-19 and protect individuals, families and workers by enhancing public health measures in Ottawa,” said Christine Elliott, deputy premier and Minister of Health in a release.
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“The recent modelling has shown us that we must be nimble in applying public health measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our communities, and our government will continue to take all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of Ontarians.”
Ottawa Public Health is being moved from its current Orange level in the Framework to the Red-Control level as a result of worsening trends in key health indicators in the region.
Ottawa Public Health’s case rate increased by 24.8 per cent, to 46.8 cases per 100,000 people between March 10-15. In addition, COVID-19 wastewater signal data in Ottawa is worsening, the province said.
“Through discussions with the local medical officer of health and local authorities on the current situation in Ottawa, it was decided further action was needed to help ensure the continued health and safety of people in the region,” said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
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