As Ottawa begins a second week of the modified Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions, Ottawa’s medical officer of well being suggests well being officers are “nonetheless large open” on what to do subsequent if there is not a decline in COVID-19 transmission charges over the 28-day interval.
Dr. Vera Etches says whereas well being officers are methods to focus on the foundation of COVID-19 transmission in Ottawa with out affecting companies, all residents can assist out by limiting their contacts to family members solely.
On Oct. 10, the Ontario Authorities moved Ottawa, Toronto and Peel Area to a modified Stage 2, closing indoor eating at eating places and bars, film theatres and gymnasiums for at the least 28 days.
CTV Information at Six anchor Stefan Keyes requested Dr. Etches Saturday night if there may be any knowledge to counsel the brand new restrictions have helped scale back COVID-19 transmission locally.
“I feel we want extra time. The infections which might be being reported now actually relate to transmission that occurred a few weeks in the past. So it is too early to evaluate the impression of the restrictions,” mentioned Dr. Etches.
“I can inform you there’s a lot of desirous about the way to goal the foundation of the transmission of the virus and attempt to maintain companies from being affected as negatively. The foundation all the time is what brings us shut collectively, lower than two metres away from somebody once we’re not sporting a masks indoors. So if we are able to keep away from these sorts of actions with folks exterior our family that can make a distinction.”
Ottawa Public Well being reported 70 new instances of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday, after 99 new instances on Friday. There was a mean of 85 new instances of COVID-19 a day for the seven-day interval of Oct. 11 to 17.
The Ontario Authorities has mentioned the brand new COVID-19 restrictions will stay in place for at the least 28 days. Keyes requested Dr. Etches what might occur on the finish of the four-week interval.
“Effectively, what we’re aiming for is to see the speed of the rise in instances drop, to have a slowing down after which a lower. That might be what we’re on the lookout for. It may well take time to see this stuff,” mentioned Dr. Etches.
“After we went by means of the primary wave, it actually was a time period because the curve turned earlier than we might see the advance within the hospitalizations, as an illustration. I do not anticipate to see a change in hospitalizations, that’s sadly when folks get into hospital they keep typically for extra weeks.”
Dr. Etches mentioned officers additionally wish to see a lower within the proportion of COVID-19 exams that come again optimistic. Ottawa Public Well being reported on Oct. 11 that the COVID-19 positivity price was 2.4 per cent.
“I am feeling very sorry for the impression on companies. We heard that this may be extraordinarily troublesome and we wish to do all we are able to ourselves so that companies can keep open,” mentioned Dr. Etches.
“It is essential for the well being of our metropolis that persons are employed and dealing, so I actually really feel a bit unhappy. However I am nonetheless hopefully, this is not inevitable. This curve might be turned and so I am trying to see that impression over the approaching weeks.”
The medical officer of well being was requested throughout CTV Information at Six Saturday night if there was a knowledge threshold that would set off an extension of the COVID-19 restrictions for bars, eating places, gyms, indoor sports activities and film theatres.
“I feel we’re nonetheless large open on the entire prospects of what to do subsequent, in dialog with the province. We wish to decrease hospitalizations and deaths, and we actually are seeing a number of outbreaks begin up due to the extent of COVID in our neighborhood,” mentioned Dr. Etches.
“We have to carry the extent down. We all know we have to deal with the place transmission is going on and what the largest contributions are, so it isn’t so simple as an extension or not. We wish to study from this era about what the impression is.