Maintain off on the Halloween events, Ottawa Public Well being warns

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“The COVID-19 scenario in Ottawa is crucial,” mentioned Coun. Keith Egli, chair of the Ottawa Board of Well being, echoing different warnings for the Thanksgiving weekend to “keep native, hold gatherings to members of your family solely, and to attach with members of your prolonged household and mates just about, as a substitute of in particular person.”

“Immediately’s COVID-19 information is, frankly, alarming,” he mentioned. “We’re falling behind.”

Holidays will “appear and feel totally different” through the pandemic, Egli mentioned, who additionally pleaded with residents to be “COVID variety” throughout tense instances, particularly to folks working within the service sector. And although he didn’t specify any explicit incident, Egli gave the impression to be addressing a case final weekend wherein two males harassed employees and prospects at Kowloon Market on Somerset Road West with anti-masking conspiracy theories. Police have been known as, however laid no expenses.

“Sadly, with the emergence of COVID-19, now we have seen rising racism, xenophobia, discrimination, hate incidents and crimes focusing on our Asian communities, globally and right here in Canada,” Egli mentioned. “As a virus, COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate. Anybody will be contaminated.”

Regardless of Thursday’s grim numbers, Moloughney did provide some glimmer of optimism. As a result of there’s a lag between when folks get contaminated and once they start to indicate signs, the brand new instances introduced Thursday are an indication of what occurred two weeks in the past. If folks heeded warnings when Ottawa’s numbers first began to climb once more, infections would possibly but decline, he mentioned.

“We’ve no approach of realizing,” he mentioned. “If folks began altering their behaviour 14 days in the past, it might drop.”

With information from Bruce Deachman


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