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Ontario Confirms First Two Cases of Omicron Variant in Ottawa

Ontario Confirms First Two Cases of Omicron Variant in Ottawa

in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  ~  November 28, 2021  (LNews)  Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health issued the following statement:

“Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria. Ottawa Public Health is conducting case and contact management and the patients are in isolation.

Regardless, Ontario is prepared and ready to respond to this new variant. Our hospital and intensive care capacity remain stable and the province continues to report one of the lowest rates of active cases in the country. The Ontario COVID-19 Genomic Network is continuing to actively monitor for all potential variants circulating in the province, including the Omicron variant, and is conducting genomic sequencing on 100 per cent of eligible COVID-19 positive samples. Since January 1, 2021, the network has sequenced over 48,000 samples.

One question not being asked is:

Since unvaccinated are not able to travel I wonder whose spreading the variant

Ontario has the infrastructure in place to manage outbreaks, including high-volume capacity for testing with 230 assessment centres and community labs and over 500 pharmacies offering testing to those who need it. The government is also enhancing its COVID-19 testing strategy by expanding the number of testing locations and making it more convenient to access publicly funded testing for those who need it as we head into the colder months and more people gather indoors.

In order to rapidly identify, trace and isolate COVID-19 and its variants, Ontario has already expanded eligibility for provincially-funded COVID-19 PCR testing at all testing centres to individuals who have returned from, or travelled in, the following locations between November 1st and December 6th, 2021: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. Asymptomatic family members and other household contacts of travellers are also eligible for testing. This list of travel locations may be updated as we learn more about the new variant. Anyone experiencing symptoms, even if they are mild, is strongly recommended to get tested.

Algoma Public Health  is reporting 40 new cases of COVID-19 no cases of the new Omicron variant. 

Due to ongoing extremely high COVID-19 activity in Algoma, and especially in the municipality of Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma Public Health is taking further action to curb the spread of the virus

 

COVID-19 Activity in Northern Ontario 

Region

Rate of Cases

per Week*
(cases per 100,000 population)

Algoma Public Health 163.4
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit 13.9
Northwestern Health Unit 17.1
Porcupine Health Unit 10.8
Sudbury & District Health Unit 114.6
Thunder Bay District Health Unit 19.3
Timiskaming Health Unit 143.8
Week of: November 16 - November 22, 2021

*only includes confirmed cases


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