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COVID-19 update: A first case and call for calm

Ottawa has its first confirmed case of COVID-19: a man in his 40s who lives in Ottawa but recently travelled to Austria.

He is currently in self-isolation at home with mild symptoms.

Medical officials are checking in on a few people who are closest to him and continue to monitor for other cases of COVID-19 in the community.

To reduce the spread of germs including the flu and the novel coronavirus Ottawa Public Health recommends that you:

While the situation here in Ottawa remains much, much better than it is elsewhere, the confirmation of Ottawa’s first case and the World Health Organization’s declaration of a pandemic surely has some people spooked.

City officials are urging calm. And no one is yet suggesting mass-scale changes to behaviour, event cancellations, and the like.

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Last word to Ottawa’s medical officer of health, Dr. Vera Etches:

“I want to assure residents of Ottawa that we have been preparing for the presence of COVID-19 in Ottawa and continue to work in close collaboration with our healthcare partners locally, provincially and federally. I urge residents to follow Ottawa Public Health’s recommendations to help reduce the spread of all types of germs that are present in our community.”

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