Ottawa Public Health Region moving to Red-Control Level

Ottawa Ontario
The Royal Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge is a steel truss cantilever bridge spanning the Ottawa River between Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec. It is known locally as both the "Alexandra Bridge" and the "Interprovincial Bridge". Photo Credit: Intiaz Rahim - Ottawa, Canada

The province is taking immediate action in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.

After consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario Government will be moving the Ottawa Public Health region to the Red-Control level in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework effective Friday March 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

The local medical officer for the region requested the move based on the latest assessment data from March 10 to 15, 2021, after their case rate increased by 24.8% to 46.8 cases per 100,000 people. In addition, COVID-19 wastewater signal data in Ottawa is worsening.

“Our government is taking immediate action to contain COVID-19 and protect individuals, families and workers by enhancing public health measures in Ottawa,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “The recent modelling has shown us that we must be nimble in applying public health measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our communities, and our government will continue to take all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of Ontarians.”

The Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to consult with public health and other experts, review data, and provide advice to the government on the appropriate and effective measures that are needed to protect the health of Ontarians.