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Ottawa Public Health marks three years since COVID-19 pandemic was declared

Saturday marked three years since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.
2020-03-13 Dr. Vera Etches Ottawa Public Health
Ottawa Public Health Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches, March 13, 2020. Photo/ City of Ottawa online stream

Saturday, March 11, marked three years since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) took to Twitter over the weekend and said the anniversary is a day to reflect on the countless times residents in the community came together over the past three years. Many people were affected by the pandemic in so many ways, and over 1,000 people in the capital lost their lives to COVID-19, OPH noted.

"It's been a long three years," said the health unit. "It's completely normal if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the emotions of the day." OPH also reminds people to check on each other, and wear a mask when needed, as well as stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health, says while Omicron subvariants continue to spread, there have been no new variant-driven waves of infection in recent months.

Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths have stabilized and the virus has reached a relatively steady state in Canada.

With files from The Canadian Press.

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