COVID-19: First case confirmed in Ottawa

According to information released by the Ontario government, the affected patient is a man in his forties who saw the Ottawa Hospital. The man, who had traveled to Austria, is currently in “voluntary isolation”, it was specified.
S ccording to a communication sent by Ottawa Public Health (OPH) Mayor Jim Watson, the individual in question “has mild symptoms” and the organization “currently monitoring required with potential close contact.”

A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon to take stock of this first case reported in the federal capital. Mayor Watson, Dr. Vera Etches, Chief Public Health Officer of OPH and a representative from the Ottawa Hospital will be among others.

The most recent update from Ontario authorities shows 36 provincially confirmed cases, including five in patients who are now recovering. Almost 2900 negative tests have been carried out, while 465 others are “under analysis”.

SPO reminds the public that various actions can be taken in anticipation of a “possible pandemic”, so that each outbreak is ready if COVID-19 interferes.

Ottawa – Dr. Vera Etches, Chief Public Health Officer, Ottawa Public Health, will be joined by Mayor Jim Watson, President of the Ottawa Health Council, Keith Egli, and a representative from the Ottawa Hospital to give an update on the first confirmed positive case of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ottawa.

Location: 100 Constellation Drive, Jaguar Room

Please be advised that @ottawahealth is monitoring the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa. Further details will be provided shortly. For more information, please visit:

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In particular, it is suggested to “fill up with non-perishable foods gradually over the next few weeks”, since people with the new coronavirus must isolate themselves for two weeks. It is also recommended that you have on hand any necessary prescription medication and those available over the counter that may be helpful in relieving pain and fever. “If you can, get medicine for another month,” notes SPO.

A game plan should also be established to provide care for children or other dependents in the event of illness among those in their care.

It is also recommended to provide “food reserves for your pets” and to make “good supply of cleaning products” and hygiene products.

The authorities also point out that basic hygiene measures are essential to prevent “the spread of germs”. “Wash your hands often with soapy water or using hand sanitizer,” says SPO. Be sure to wash your hands with soapy water for at least 20 seconds. You can use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if you don’t have soap and water on hand. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your arm, not your hands. ”

Sick people are invited to stay at home if possible. It is also important to avoid visiting hospital patients or the elderly if symptoms are present.

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