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COVID-19 measures to stay in place until most of Ottawa vaccinated: Dr. Etches

Ottawa's numbers are heading in the right direction, but measures like wearing masks and physical distancing will firmly be planted in the city for months to come.

While infection rates show lockdown measures are working, Ottawa’s top doctor says the city’s not in the clear — yet.

However, Dr. Vera Etches does say that, in Ottawa, things are starting to head in the right direction.

While infection rates are no longer increasing, they’re still high, and the number of outbreaks in workplaces and institutions is still rising.

“This virus can always increase rapidly if we give it a chance,” she said. “I’m confident can keep doing our best to limit close contacts to whom we live.”

Dr. Etches says Ottawa’s wastewater levels have stopped climbing but the city is still in the red zone.

Though, if people want a break from all the hand-washing, physical distancing and mask-wearing, residents will all need to be vaccinated.

Dr. Etches adds that she knows it can be tiring, but Ottawa can expect to be in this scenario for many more months.

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