Ottawa’s top doc says COVID-19 in schools ‘manageable’, but leaves door open for online shift

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Sumary of Ottawa’s top doc says COVID-19 in schools ‘manageable’, but leaves door open for online shift:

  • Ottawa medical officer of health says COVID-19 transmission in schools does not currently warrant a shift to online-only learning..
  • Dr. Vera Etches sent a letter to the directors of Ottawa four school boards on Tuesday outlining her position on keeping schools open amid a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic..
  • Multiple public health units in the Greater Toronto Area and southwestern Ontario have made decisions to close some schools to in-person learning in the past 24 hours due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the province third wave of the pandemic..
  • Etches and her counterparts in Toronto and Peel Region sent a letter to Ontario chief medical officer of health this past weekend calling for a stay-home order to supplement the recent province-wide “emergency brake”.
  • Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 dashboard shows seven ongoing outbreaks in local schools as of Tuesday morning with a total of nine cases connected to the outbreaks..
  • Doctor breaks down your latest COVID-19 headlines In addition, she said that when cases are identified in a student or staff member, the “vast majority”.
  • “At this time, schools are not a major driver of transmission of COVID-19 and so closing them alone will not turn this current COVID-19 resurgence around,”.
  • She also said incidents in which a variant of concern (VOC) was part of a possible COVID-19 exposure have not resulted in higher rates of transmission so far..
  • Rather than focus Ottawa efforts to curb the spread of the virus on schools, Etches pointed to the need to reduce the number of non-essential places that people are congregating to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the classroom….

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