March 17, 2022 – Special Statement from Dr. Brent Moloughney, Deputy Medical Officer of Health.
As restrictions are removed, we anticipate seeing an increase in COVID-19 transmission as there are more opportunities for interaction. The latest Ottawa monitoring indicators available show that the number of new outbreaks and hospitalizations are stable. However, wastewater levels and the positivity rate of those being tested have been increasing, likely indicating an increase in transmission. We are watching all these indicators closely and informing the office of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health of the trends we are seeing in Ottawa. Should COVID-19 indicators start trending upward in a concerning way, Ottawa Public Health will continue working with Dr. Kieran Moore’s office to assess options which could be implemented in Ottawa if necessary. Ottawa data will continue to be updated on the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 dashboard and we continue to monitor COVID-19 indicators closely.