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Trend of low COVID-19 figures continuing in Ottawa: One death, five new cases - OttawaMatters.com
There have now been 1,901 lab-confirmed cases of the virus in the city, but more than 1,500 have been resolved.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reporting one more local COVID-19-related death, but just five new cases in the city. The local COVID-19 death toll stands at 234 on Monday. Although the city has now seen 1,901 lab-confirmed cases of the virus, just 16 new ones have been recorded in Ottawa over the last three days. Overall, the local recovery rate of confirmed cases is now up to 79 per cent (1,503). There are 35 Ottawa residents hospitalized with COVID-19, Monday. A week ago that figure was at 47. OPH says 20 institutions continue to deal with outbreaks of the virus. Even though most numbers are trending downward, Ottawa's Chief Medical Officer of Health says residents need to remain vigilant about distancing measures to ensure the city doesn't see a second wave of infections.
Think through decision to visit cottage: Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit - OttawaMatters.com
The public health agency has a list of factors it thinks should be considered before anyone decides to make a trip to their cottage during the pandemic.
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is asking cottage owners to really think through their decision to visit their properties, as weather improves and the long weekend beckons. "Consider the impact your decision has on your family and your neighbours," says Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Area. "Consider, as well, the demands on the local community and health care system." If deciding to go to your cottage, the health unit wants residents to consider:
- If you have to check on your property for insurance purposes, try to make it a day trip.
- Opening a cottage may involve hiring services. Is this essential work right now?
- Going to a cottage may involve a long car ride with multiple stops for gas or food. This could put you in contact with more surfaces and people along the way. Reduce your risk by packing your own snacks and drinks for the trip, and practicing physical distancing and good hand hygiene at stops.
- If your cottage takes you away from your usual stores, this may create tension on the retail supply in a smaller rural community and make it difficult to maintain a physical distance at the store. Bring enough food from your own grocery store to eliminate the need to shop.
- Determine a plan if you or a family member becomes ill. You may think you can drive to your own hospital or health care provider for care, but COVID-19 symptoms may come on abruptly and you could be severely ill. Is there adequate cell phone service to call for help? Could emergency services access your road and get to you in a timely manner?
- Cottage life may encourage riskier activities like climbing ladders, water sports, and driving ATVs. These may lead to hospital visits or the use of local first responders; services that may already be stretched. Avoid risks or take smart ones. Check out these safety tips.
- Be prepared for ticks; they prefer to live in humid, wooded areas. Bring along insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin, tweezers to remove a tick, and proper clothing and footwear.
- If you have to access your cottage by boat, ensure this can happen. At this time, marinas are not open to the public and can only let people use their boats to go to their primary place of residence. Check in with your local municipality to see if you can launch your boat there.
- Socializing and cottages often go hand in hand. Remember, gatherings of more than 5 people are still not permitted.
- Comply with other provincial orders as well; avoid recreation facilities and amenities that are identified as closed.