New COVID-19 outbreak declared at Ottawa shelter: OPH


The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to hit Ottawa’s shelter system hard with local organizations fending off new outbreaks of COVID-19.

A new coronavirus outbreak was declared at an undisclosed shelter as of Monday, where Ottawa Public Health reports three clients and one staff member have tested positive for the virus.

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This raises the number of ongoing outbreaks affecting local shelters to five. Three of those outbreaks are reporting more than 50 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the largest such outbreak reporting 108 individuals testing positive.

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A memo sent to Ottawa city council on Tuesday also indicates there are new COVID-19 cases at city-run shelters.

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Nine people, including staff, clients and security personnel connected with the city’s Nicholas Street, Dempsey and Tom Brown shelters, have newly tested positive for the coronavirus, the memo said.

The city’s human needs task force said four staff members who worked at either the Nicholas and Dempsey physical distancing centres have tested positive for the virus with additional surveillance testing to come…

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