Ottawa Public Health

Update for Businesses and Stakeholders

October 20 2022

Please see below for updates from Ottawa Public Health (OPH). We would encourage you to share our Facebook and Twitter channels with your respective networks for up-to-date information.

Weekly Snapshot of the COVID-19 Situation in Ottawa
In addition to updating our COVID-19 Dashboard twice weekly (Tuesday and Friday), Ottawa Public Health continues to release weekly animated presentations of key COVID-19 data and messages providing guidance to the public. These weekly snapshots are shared through OPH’s Facebook and Twitter channels and posted on our main COVID-19 website at


Monitoring Indicators

·         Wastewater virus detection levels are high

·         Per cent positivity is very high

·         New COVID-19 hospitalizations are moderate

·         New confirmed outbreaks are moderate

Key Takeaways

·         Our monitoring indicators show that the levels of COVID-19 in our community are high. And influenza has started to spread in the community, causing our first outbreak.

·         If you haven’t been wearing a mask in indoor and/or crowded public settings lately, this is the time to start again. A well-fitted mask is a very effective way to protect yourself and those around you.

·         Remember: people ending isolation after being sick should wear a mask in public for 10 days after their symptoms started.

·         We recommend that everyone over age 5 get a fall booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone over 12 is now eligible for a bivalent booster. These bivalent boosters offer better protection against the Omicron variants and will significantly reduce your risk of severe illness.

·         The fall respiratory virus season is underway. You can reduce the spread of viruses like colds or the flu by washing your hands often, coughing/sneezing in your elbow and staying home when you’re sick.

·         Flu vaccines are available to people at higher risk of severe illness now in pharmacies & primary care providers (availability may vary). They’ll be available in pharmacies to people 2 years of age and older, and in primary care offices for people older than 6 months starting at the beginning of November. Further updates will be provided on our website: