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Ottawa COVID-19 wastewater indicators trending positively as Dr. Etches calls for focus on reducing contacts

The city's medical officer of health says waste water levels of the virus appear to be flattening, which indicates people have been taking steps to limit who they see.
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Ottawa Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches speaks outside of the Chateau Laurier, September 2020. Chris Kurys/

With the provincial stay-at-home order now in effect, Ottawa's top doctor says residents need to do focus and take steps to reduce contacts, in order to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

Dr. Vera Etches says the transmission rate in the capital is almost at the highest level it has been at any point in the pandemic, which is creating difficulties in re-opening schools.

On the positive side, waste water levels in Ottawa appear to be flattening, which the doctor says indicates people have been taking steps to limit who they see.

She adds, staying home, keeping at least two-metres distance from others when outside of the house, and continuing to wear a mask will also continue to be key in seeing COVID-19 levels come down.

Dr. Etches feels optimistic about the future, as she has been throughout the pandemic, but says the current priority in Ottawa is getting the vaccination program complete.

"We didn't think we'd have vaccines in December, [but] we did," Dr. Etches explains in an interview with the Rob Snow Show on CityNews on Thursday, "We didn't think we'd have so much coming in the first part of the year, we hear there's more coming."

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