The Prime Minister today announced new travel restrictions and passenger screenings, as Canada steps up the COVID-19 fight.
The provinces of Ontario and Quebec (so, the provincial governments for the entire National Capital Region) are telling bars and restaurants to close for in-house dining. Delivery and takeout can continue for now.
Over the weekend, COVID-19-related warnings became more urgent and prescriptive.
Public health officials also began recommending increased social distancing and limited, non-essential trips out of the home.
Everyone is now saying the coronvirus pandemic is going to get worse before it gets better.
And modelling shows that efforts now limit exposure to others can ‘flatten the curve’ that has crippled places like Italy, Iran and Wubei, China.
Ottawa now has 13 confirmed cases and it is likely that undetected travel cases may cause community transmission if they have not already.
Resources for the latest COVID-19 information in Ottawa follow:
- Ottawa Public Health
- Ontario Ministry of Health – Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOv)
- Public Health Agency of Canada, 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection (Wuhan, China): Outbreak update
- Hosting, postponing or cancelling mass gatherings
- Government of Canada – Novel Coronavirus in China
- Government of Canada – Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak
- Government of Canada – Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada
- U.S. Center for Disease Control – 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Wuhan, China
- World Health Organization – Coronavirus
- Public Health Ontario – Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV (for Health Care Providers)
- Public Health Guidance for Schools (K-12) and Childcare Programs (COVID-19)
- World Health Organization – Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
- World Health Organization- Coping with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak
- World Health Organization- Helping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak
We will continue to post on the COVID-19 situation in this space until the worst of the effects have passed.
Stay well. Be well.