covid-19 updates

Fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine now available to residents 60 and older

Ottawa – Starting today, April 7 at 8 am, individuals aged 60 and older are eligible to book a fourth dose (booster) appointment if the recommended interval of five months (140 days) has passed since their third dose. First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their household members aged 18 and over are also eligible. The goal …

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March 17, 2022

 Special statement, Dr. Brent Moloughney, Deputy Medical Officer of Health As announced by the Province last week, next Monday, March 21, masking requirements in most settings will be removed – including in schools and child-care settings – except for public transit, and health care and congregate settings such as long-term care homes. This does not mean that …

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March 09, 2022

Special statement from Dr. Vera Etches   Hello. Bonjour. Kwey. Today, the Province announced the next steps to ease public health measures in Ontario, which includes upcoming changes to mask requirements in public spaces and schools, expanded eligiblity for testing in high-risk settings, and changes to the isolation guidance.   I recognize that many of us may need time to adjust …

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March 02, 2022

Dr. Vera Etches, special statement On Monday, the Board of Health held its second meeting of the year. I provided a verbal update, which you can watch in full on YouTube and read a high-level recap below.   The pandemic has been a common stressor for all of us impacting our well-being and resiliency. After two years of …

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February 14, 2022

Special statement by Dr. Vera Etches Today the province announced the next steps in its reopening plan to cautiously and gradually ease public health measures starting this Thursday. Here in Ottawa, monitoring indicators tell us that the level of Omicron is continuing to decline. We have seen signs of a significant decrease in COVID-19 activity, …

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February 14, 2022

 Special joint statement from Dr. Vera Etches and Donna Gray Hello. Bonjour. Kwey. The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly challenging on everyone over the last two years – physically, mentally and emotionally. And now, residents are experiencing additional challenges due to the ongoing demonstrations in the downtown core and other areas of the city. Environmental …

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January 12, 2022

Special statement from Dr Vera Etches and Donna Gray Hello. Bonjour. Kwey. I appreciate the mixed reaction to the announcement by the Province that in-person learning will resume on Monday, January 17.  In-person learning is welcome news for many parents and caregivers, but I can understand that others may be concerned. Parents have many questions. …

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December 31st

With the highly transmissible Omicron variant, we know that COVID-19 activity is high and spreading rapidly in our community. We must do what we can to protect each other during this surge, especially people at higher-risk – people not yet fully vaccinated, immunocompromised individuals, older adults – and people who work in higher-risk settings.   Today there are 1,508 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ottawa, and 21 people are …

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