2 more tests positive for omicron variant in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health confirms two more positive cases of the omicron variant of coronavirus, bringing the city’s total to four.

Doctor in the health service Dr. Vera Etches announced Monday that her team is closely monitoring the new cases and tracking any contacts. Both people had recently returned from travel, Etches said.

The announcement comes a day after the first two confirmed cases of the omicron variant in Canada were identified in Ottawa. These people had recently returned from Nigeria.

All four people are currently self-isolating, Etches said.

She said anyone returning from Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Namibia within the last 14 days should isolate themselves even if they are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms. The same goes for other members of the same household.

People are also asked to be tested, even without symptoms, immediately after arrival and then again eight days later.

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Two more cases of omicron variant found in Ottawa

Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s health officer, says two more returning travelers have been tested positive for the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, giving a total of four known cases of the variant in the city. 1:50

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is currently monitoring 15 other people who have recently returned from travel from these areas. Etches also warned against travel to any country where positive cases of the omicron variant have been discovered.

Further cases of the omicron variant in Ottawa were and still are expected, she said.

“This is not a new virus,” Etches said. “The public health measures we have will help reduce the spread of the variant.”

She said basic health measures are still the best way to limit transmission, even of the new variant, including wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance and limiting close contacts.

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