Levels of respiratory viruses circulating in Ottawa 'remain high', Ottawa Public Health warns | CTV News

Levels of respiratory viruses circulating in Ottawa 'remain high', Ottawa Public Health warns

Levels of respiratory viruses circulating in Ottawa 'remain high', Ottawa Public Health warns

Ottawa Public Health warns the levels of respiratory viruses circulating in the community "remain high" heading into the first weekend of December.

In its weekly Respiratory Virus Snapshot, OPH says the wastewater viral signals show "moderate" levels of RSV and COVID-19, while the influenza levels are "high".

"If we only looked at COVID-19 levels, we'd see the overall trends with our COVID-19 monitoring indicators are down compared to a month ago," OPH said on Twitter. "So just focusing on COVID-19 levels could make you think the overall levels of risk are lower than before.

"Our friends at CHEO have seen significant volumes of other respiratory viruses, like flu & RSV. And those viruses do have an impact on the levels of risk as a community, including our health system."

With the levels of respiratory viruses circulating in Ottawa remaining high, OPH reminds people to wear masks and stay home if you are sick to help limit the spread of viruses.

In its twice weekly COVID-19 report, Ottawa Public Health reports 154 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since Tuesday, and two new deaths.

There are 17 Ottawa residents in hospital because of an active COVID-19 infection, down from 18 on Tuesday. There are four people in the ICU.

OPH hospitalization figures only represent Ottawa residents who are in hospital because of an active case of COVID-19. Local hospitals report higher figures, which include patients who were admitted for reasons other than COVID-19 but have tested positive and patients who are not from Ottawa.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa in March 2020, there have been 86,525 total cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 970 deaths.

*Statistics on Ottawa residents with one or more doses include anyone with an Ottawa postal code who was vaccinated anywhere in Ontario.

Ottawa Public Health is currently reporting active outbreaks in the following locations

A full list of locations with active outbreaks is available on OPH's COVID-19 outbreak dashboard.

A full list of locations with active outbreaks is available on OPH's outbreak dashboard.

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