Ottawa Public Health - Update for Jan. 5, 2023

If you plan on visiting a loved one in a long-term care or retirement home, screen for symptoms, stay home if you feel sick, and if you feel well, wear a well-fitting mask during your visit.


If you have any respiratory symptoms, remember to isolate until your symptoms have been improving for 24 hours and wear a mask for 10 days after the start of symptoms. More information on isolation and mask wearing can be found on our website:

Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs

We’ve updated our website! In collaboration with city and community partners, Ottawa Public Health offers free drop-in services to all residents of Ottawa at our accessible Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs. Find updated information on our website:

Weekly Snapshot and Dashboard

Our weekly Respiratory Virus Snapshots are shared through OPH’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels and posted on our main COVID-19 website at Check out the dashboard displaying information about respiratory virus activity:

Key Takeaways

  • COVID-19 and RSV levels in the community are increasing and we continue to see high levels of Flu circulating in our community. A detailed breakdown of our monitoring indicators is updated weekly at ca/FluReport
  • After a busy holiday season, you can help keep others well by screening yourself for symptoms and staying home if you’re feeling sick. Please keep wearing a well-fitting mask in indoor public settings and outdoor crowded spaces.  
  • What may be a sore throat for you could lead to severe illness for someone else. Respiratory viruses can be especially difficult for those with complex medical needs and those who are immunocompromised, and risk increases with age. If planning to visit a loved one who’s at higher risk, please wear a mask and screen yourself for symptoms before you leave home.

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