With the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Ottawa Public Health has launched a new web page to notify people who may have been exposed to the virus.
Previously, the health unit would issue individual public notices when it wasn’t possible to identify everyone who may have been exposed at gatherings and events.
But as the variant puts strain on Ottawa Public Health’s contact tracing efforts, they are compiling possible exposures into a single list.
The list doesn’t include every possible COVID-19 exposure that Ottawa Public Health is investigating. For privacy reasons, Ottawa Public Health doesn’t always disclose the location of possible COVID-19 exposures.
But they do when it will help quickly notify potential contacts and reduce the risk of further transmission.
“Most locations listed have the required public health measures in place, but despite these measures, there is still a risk of COVID-19 transmission,” they said.
Earlier this week, Ottawa Public Health asked people who tested positive to notify high-risk contacts immediately because of a backlog in contact tracing.
“To address this backlog of cases, Ottawa Public Health is asking individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate and notify your high-risk contacts immediately of your positive COVID-19 status, as there may be a delay in Ottawa Public Health contacting you,” Dr. Vera Etches said in a statement on Monday.
Here are the exposures to COVID-19 under investigation in Ottawa:
The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive – Tourism Industry Association of Canada Congress
Nov. 30, 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave.
Dec. 2, 7-9 p.m.
Xtreme Trampoline, 50 Frank Nighbor Pl.
Dec. 5, 5:30-7:45 p.m.
National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St. – The Nutcracker Ballet
Dec. 5, 7-9 p.m.
Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave. – Big Wreck Monster Truck
Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Cineplex Carling, 3090 Carling Ave. – American Underdog
Dec. 8, 5-9 p.m.
Goodlife Fitness Lansdowne, 900 Exhibition Way
Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd. – Le Groupe Swing
Dec. 10, 8-10 p.m.
If you think you may have been exposed at one of these locations, you don’t necessarily need to call Ottawa Public Health. Self-monitor for symptoms and follow the following instructions.
If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19:
You should not go for testing.
If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to self-isolate. If you are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the last exposure.
Here’s when you can end self-isolation if you have symptoms:
If you are fully vaccinated and got tested: You must self-isolate until your symptoms have been improved for 24 hours (48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms) and you do not have fever and you received a negative test result
If you are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated and got tested: You must self-isolate for 10 days from the last exposure, even if your test result is negative and your symptoms have improved.
If you did not get tested: You must self-isolate for 10 days from your symptom onset, regardless of your vaccination status.
More information for cases and contacts of COVID-19 is available on Ottawa Public Health’s Information for those who test positive for COVID-19 and high-risk contacts page.
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