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Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health Working with community partners to improve Ottawa’s health & well-being. En français : www.facebo

We provide public health programs and services to individuals and communities while advocating for public policies that make our city and its residents healthier. Ottawa Public Health is governed by the Board of Health, which is comprised of elected members of City Council and public members. We are a teaching health unit and work with all post secondary educational institutions in the area. To learn more about us and our services visit www.ottawa.ca/health.

Operating as usual

Tune in to  580 CFRA just after 9:45am!Martha Robinson, from our Health Hazard Response Team, & Marc-Antoine Deschamps f...
02/02/2023
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Tune in to 580 CFRA just after 9:45am!

Martha Robinson, from our Health Hazard Response Team, & Marc-Antoine Deschamps from the Ottawa Paramedics will be providing tips for staying safe in the cold & preventing frostbite!

Tune in to 580AM or listen live:

Listen to live radio! 580 CFRA is Ottawa's News Talk Radio. Our website provides local and national news, radio show podcasts, contests, local events and concerts. 580 CFRA is an iHeartRadio station.

02/02/2023

Healthy smiles make for healthy communities.

Our free dental screenings are an effective way to keep our kids healthy & ensure better oral health as they grow up.

Take a look at the video below to learn more about this important service in our community.

Tune in to CBC Ottawa Morning just after 7:35am! Our own Marie-Claude Turcotte will have info about routine vaccines for...
02/02/2023
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Tune in to CBC Ottawa Morning just after 7:35am! Our own Marie-Claude Turcotte will have info about routine vaccines for your kids, including the importance of catching up on vaccines & how to access immunization services!

Tune in to 91.5FM or listen here:

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RESPIRATORY VIRUS SNAPSHOT - FEB 1, 2023Our monitoring indicators continue to show an encouraging picture in terms of th...
02/01/2023

RESPIRATORY VIRUS SNAPSHOT - FEB 1, 2023

Our monitoring indicators continue to show an encouraging picture in terms of the overall levels of respiratory viruses circulating in Ottawa, though it's worth noting that the levels of COVID-19 are still high.
Vaccination (flu & COVID-19), wearing masks in indoor public places & staying home when sick remain our best tools for limiting the spread of these viruses. If you have Qs about eligibility or intervals for flu or COVID-19 vaccines, or about COVID-19 treatment options, our website has helpful info for you http://OttawaPublicHealth.ca
If you prefer talking to humans, you can call us at 613-580-6744 & chat with our amazing nurses.

Don’t forget that you can find a complete breakdown of this week’s monitoring indicators on our Respiratory Virus Dashboard.
The info is updated every Wednesday at 12:30pm: http://OttawaPublicHealth.ca/VirusReport

Thanks for your time, Ottawa.

FYI: the  has been lifted. But it's not exactly summer out there, so please continue to dress warmly & stay safe. Ottawa...
02/01/2023

FYI: the has been lifted.

But it's not exactly summer out there, so please continue to dress warmly & stay safe. OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Frostbite

February is Black History Month. It is a time to honour the legacy, achievements & contributions of Black Canadians, bot...
02/01/2023

February is Black History Month. It is a time to honour the legacy, achievements & contributions of Black Canadians, both past & present. Let's take this opportunity to learn more about these contributions. Check out local events & find more info here: https://www.blackhistoryottawa.org/about-1

We are issuing a Frostbite Advisory effective overnight tonight, January 31st, until tomorrow morning.Windchill temps wi...
01/31/2023

We are issuing a Frostbite Advisory effective overnight tonight, January 31st, until tomorrow morning.

Windchill temps will drop quickly this evening & will hit -27C overnight. Please dress warmly & stay safe.

More info: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Frostbite

Well, folks...it seems the cold is back once again. If you’re going to be outside, especially this evening, please dress...
01/31/2023

Well, folks...it seems the cold is back once again. If you’re going to be outside, especially this evening, please dress warmly & be mindful of the signs of frostbite.

OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Frostbite

Join Dr. Vera Etches, Dr. Lawrence C Loh and  Dr. Gaynor  Watson-Creed on Friday, February 3, at 8 am for a panel discus...
01/31/2023
Future of Health and Wellness Speaker Series- Feb.3, 2023

Join Dr. Vera Etches, Dr. Lawrence C Loh and Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed on Friday, February 3, at 8 am for a panel discussion on the importance of municipal government for public health units.

Register for the virtual or in-person event here:

Please join President Brulé as he moderates this session with panelists, Dr. Vera Etches, Dr. Lawrence C Loh, and Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed.

Looks like we've got some rather cold nights on the way, Ottawa. Please be sure to check out our website for tips on dre...
01/31/2023

Looks like we've got some rather cold nights on the way, Ottawa. Please be sure to check out our website for tips on dressing for the weather, and for a handy map of places where everyone is welcome to keep warm: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/ColdWeather

COVID-19 has caused many disruptions in routine vaccination services for children. If your child has fallen behind on th...
01/31/2023

COVID-19 has caused many disruptions in routine vaccination services for children.

If your child has fallen behind on their vaccinations, they may be eligible to book at an OPH clinic.

Find out more here: www.ParentingInOttawa.ca/RoutineVaccination

Community Safety and Well-Being Plan
01/30/2023
Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

Ottawa's Community Safety and Well-Being Plan: Find out how the City is working with community partners to improve the safety, health and well-being of Ottaw...

DYK? We are offering routine vaccinations to children & youth at several clinic locations.  Find out if your child or yo...
01/28/2023

DYK? We are offering routine vaccinations to children & youth at several clinic locations.

Find out if your child or youth is eligible by visiting:
ParentingInOttawa.ca/RoutineVaccination

# VaccinatedAndUpToDate

During this respiratory season there are many ways to reduce your risk and protect those around you. Stay home if sick, ...
01/27/2023

During this respiratory season there are many ways to reduce your risk and protect those around you. Stay home if sick, wear a well-fitted mask and get your flu vaccine and your COVID-19 booster.

More info: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/RiskReduction

DYK: Planned Parenthood Ottawa offers free counselling, information & referrals that can help you navigate your sexual &...
01/27/2023

DYK: Planned Parenthood Ottawa offers free counselling, information & referrals that can help you navigate your sexual & reproductive health options.
You have the right to accurate information about all your options so that you may make the best decisions for you.
ppottawa.ca

RESPIRATORY VIRUS SNAPSHOT - JANUARY 26, 2023Our monitoring indicators continue to paint an encouraging picture of our o...
01/26/2023

RESPIRATORY VIRUS SNAPSHOT - JANUARY 26, 2023

Our monitoring indicators continue to paint an encouraging picture of our overall situation, though it’s important to note that while many of our indicators are in decline, there are still high levels of COVID-19 circulating in Ottawa.

The layers of protection we’ve all been using throughout these winter months are still helpful in reducing the spread of these viruses. Wearing high-quality & well-fitted masks, staying home when sick & getting your vaccines (flu & COVID-19) help keep you and our community safe.

If you have Q's about eligibility or intervals for flu or COVID-19 vaccines, or about COVID-19 treatment options, you can find info on our website at www.OttawaPublicHealth.ca, or you can also call us at 613-580-6744 and one of our wonderful nurses would be happy to chat with you.

As always, you can find a more detailed breakdown of this week’s monitoring indicators on our dashboard: www.OttawaPublicHealth.ca/VirusReport

Thanks for your time, Ottawa. Enjoy your shovelling.

Yesterday, many people tweeted about mental health. And it was heartwarming, as always.It's worth noting, though...every...
01/26/2023

Yesterday, many people tweeted about mental health. And it was heartwarming, as always.

It's worth noting, though...every day is a great day to talk openly about , to check in on each other & to ask for help if you need it.

OttawaPublicHealth.ca/MentalHealth

Did you know that stigma can prevent people from asking for help?Talking openly about mental health and mental illness i...
01/25/2023

Did you know that stigma can prevent people from asking for help?

Talking openly about mental health and mental illness is an important way to reduce the stigma and help people seek help.

To learn more, please visit: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/MentalHealthandWellness

Today is a good reminder we can all learn how to create positive change and take action. You can learn more about local ...
01/25/2023

Today is a good reminder we can all learn how to create positive change and take action. You can learn more about local resources and initiatives by visiting: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/MentalHealth

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) can affect adults as well as children. It can be dangerous for babies and toddlers.   ...
01/24/2023

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) can affect adults as well as children. It can be dangerous for babies and toddlers.

There is no vaccine for RSV, but there are ways to reduce the spread of RSV:
http://ow.ly/Xq5u50MyPcF

Happy Lunar New Year!DYK? The Lunar New Year is celebrated with various foods and traditions that symbolize prosperity, ...
01/22/2023

Happy Lunar New Year!

DYK? The Lunar New Year is celebrated with various foods and traditions that symbolize prosperity, abundance, and togetherness.

We wish you a safe and joyous celebration!


There are many ways to protect one another from respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19 and the flu. Get vaccinated, wear...
01/20/2023

There are many ways to protect one another from respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19 and the flu. Get vaccinated, wear a well-fitted mask and stay home if you are sick.

OttawaPublicHealth.ca/RiskReduction

Quitting smoking can be hard, and we get it. Try it out for an hour, then try it for a day, and then a week, and then tr...
01/20/2023

Quitting smoking can be hard, and we get it. Try it out for an hour, then try it for a day, and then a week, and then try a whole month! Visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Quitsmoking for help.

These days feel heavy, but you don't have to carry the load all by yourself. If you need to talk, please reach out to Co...
01/20/2023

These days feel heavy, but you don't have to carry the load all by yourself. If you need to talk, please reach out to Counselling Connect - Counseling on connecte for support. www.counsellingconnect.org

RESPIRATORY VIRUS SNAPSHOT - JAN 18, 2023While our indicators are indeed showing a decrease since last week, which is en...
01/18/2023

RESPIRATORY VIRUS SNAPSHOT - JAN 18, 2023

While our indicators are indeed showing a decrease since last week, which is encouraging, there are still high levels of respiratory viruses circulating in the community.

Please visit our dashboard for more detailed data: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/FluReport

Every layer of protection matters, especially during these cold winter months. And every action helps reduce the risks of these viruses continuing to spread. It all still matters.

Every single person who wears a high quality, well-fitted mask in public settings makes a difference.

Every person who stays home when sick, every person who gets their flu vaccine, every person who gets their bivalent COVID-19 booster(s)…they all make a difference.

Speaking of boosters and exceptionally well-written segues...

We’d like to acknowledge & thank every single one of the hundreds of thousands of Ottawa residents who’ve come out to receive their COVID-19 booster dose(s). Thank you for helping to protect each other.

If you have questions about eligibility or intervals for flu or COVID-19 vaccines, or about COVID-19 treatment options, you can find answers on our website OttawaPublicHealth.ca, or you can call us at 613-580-6744 & one of our wonderful nurses would be happy to chat with you.

Thanks for your time, Ottawa.

DYK: developing a quit plan and seeking professional support increases your chances at remaining to***co free. For servi...
01/18/2023

DYK: developing a quit plan and seeking professional support increases your chances at remaining to***co free.
For services to help you quit smoking, visit: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Quitsmoking.

National Non-Smoking Week is a perfect time to start your quit journey...ok, to be fair, anytime is a perfect time to st...
01/17/2023

National Non-Smoking Week is a perfect time to start your quit journey...ok, to be fair, anytime is a perfect time to start your quit journey, but still. For support, visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Quitsmoking

We continue to see a rise in cases of respiratory illness in Ottawa. There are steps we can all take to reduce the sprea...
01/17/2023

We continue to see a rise in cases of respiratory illness in Ottawa.

There are steps we can all take to reduce the spread:
-Stay home if you’re sick
-Wash your hands
-Stay up to date with vaccines and boosters
-Wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces

Start the new year off right with your COVID-19 booster to protect you this respiratory season. Those eligible can drop-...
01/15/2023

Start the new year off right with your COVID-19 booster to protect you this respiratory season. Those eligible can drop-in to an OPH community clinic to receive a COVID-19 booster.

Learn more: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19Vaccine

If you’re a member of the Indigenous community and are looking for ways to get help, reach out to our partners The Waban...
01/14/2023

If you’re a member of the Indigenous community and are looking for ways to get help, reach out to our partners The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
The Wabano Mental Wellness Team provides holistic and culturally relevant services to Indigenous communities and families: https://wabano.com/health-and-wellness/mental-wellness/

Looks like we've got some cold nights on the way. Be sure to check out our website for tips on dressing for the weather ...
01/13/2023

Looks like we've got some cold nights on the way. Be sure to check out our website for tips on dressing for the weather and for a handy map of places where everyone is welcome to keep warm.

www.ottawapublichealth.ca/coldweather

01/13/2023

It's a bit more grey than blue in Ottawa right now, but a solid timeline cleanser is always good for your mental health.

Thanks for this one, Damien.

01/12/2023

With yet another big storm arriving, let's listen once again to Councillor Jeff Leiper, who graciously used his many talents (like acting and shovelling) to help keep you safe this winter.

If you feel signs of a heart attack while/after shoveling, call 911 immediately: https://www.heartandstroke.ca/heart-disease/emergency-signs

RESPIRATORY VIRUS SNAPSHOT - JAN 11, 2023 We continue to see high levels of respiratory viruses circulating in our commu...
01/11/2023

RESPIRATORY VIRUS SNAPSHOT - JAN 11, 2023

We continue to see high levels of respiratory viruses circulating in our community, & we're still seeing a concerning increase in the levels of COVID-19.

Please visit our dashboard for more detailed data: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/FluReport

Between the presence of these viruses, and new COVID-19 variants emerging, it’s very important to do everything you can to protect yourself and those around you.

This is especially important for those at higher risk.

Overall risk increases with age, and respiratory viruses can also be more difficult for those with complex medical needs & those who are immunocompromised.

If you’re going to be in an indoor public setting, wearing a well-fitted high-quality mask will go a long way towards helping to keep you & the people around you safer from virus transmission.

Same goes with staying home when sick, especially with school resuming.

If you’re feeling sick, please stay home to help protect those around you.

Lastly, get your flu vaccine & stay up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccines.

The bivalent booster offers significant protection against severe illness and hospitalization...protection you’ll want to have as we get through these colder months.

Thanks for our time, Ottawa.

OPH flu clinics are still open for children aged six months to 5 years old and their household members. Drop-in to any c...
01/11/2023

OPH flu clinics are still open for children aged six months to 5 years old and their household members. Drop-in to any clinic or book an appointment here: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Flu

Looking for Inuit-specific services for your children/family?Inuuqatigiit Center for Inuit Children, Youth, and Families...
01/11/2023

Looking for Inuit-specific services for your children/family?
Inuuqatigiit Center for Inuit Children, Youth, and Families provides a range of mental health and substance use health services that are culturally-centered, evidence-based & easily accessible.
https://inuuqatigiit.ca/inuutiarnirmut-katujjiqatigiit/

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At a business I visited today, at least two staff members were standing around in front of the counter, not wearing masks, talking to other staff and customers. How is that allowable?
I am disgusted and angered to see the City of Ottawa by-law fine local businesses such as Vittoria Trattoria restaurant and Saunder's Farm who were trying to operate outdoors. Proper precautions were being taken and the rate of Covid transmission was very low. In fact, indoor dining should also be allowed. Those citizens most at risk know better and stay home, while everyone else can and should go about their daily lives with the usual proper precautions of masks and social distancing. Bars and Restaurants account for only 2 per cent of COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa. This data calculated since August 1 was just released today in a Modelling Update report from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table (see PDF link below and pie graph).
https://covid19-sciencetable.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/COVID-19-Modelling-Update-Oct-29-2020.pdf
This proves that the latest closing of restaurants in October was almost completely useless in the province's efforts to reduce Covid cases.

If you keep listening to the Health Departments, nothing will be open and our economy and social life will cease to exist as we knew it. You have taken a short term remedy to a longer term problem. In the meantime, many businesses have already closed permanently, such as the following Italian restaurants on Preston St. alone: Allegro, DiVino Wine Studio and Il Primo.

Jobs, livelihoods, taxes and economic development will be lost for thousands of business owners, employees, landlords, as well as municipalities.

Therefore, I ask that you immediately revoke the 28 day closure of restaurants and stop the use of local by-laws to try to enforce these needless measures. Please sign my petition at: change.org/keeprestaurantsopen
Bars and Restaurants account for only 2 % of COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa. This data calculated since August 1 was just released today in a Modelling Update report from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table (see PDF link):https://covid19-sciencetable.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/COVID-19-Modelling-Update-Oct-29-2020.pdf
This proves that the latest closing of restaurants in October was almost completely useless in the province's efforts to reduce Covid cases.
If you have only signed the petition, please also email Premier Doug Ford, as well as Jim Watson to increase the pressure at this critical time before any further extension of the current closing order is made.
[email protected]
https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/EN/feedback/default.aspx
[email protected] ...... and please sign my petition at: change.org/KEEPRESTAURANTSOPEN
JUST SO EVERYONE KNOWS THEY REMOVE POST ASKING QUESTIONS THEY DON'T LIKE. THIS IS NOT FREE SPEECH. THIS ONE WILL GET REMOVED TOO.
When many doctors in Ottawa say Hallowe'en can be done safely with all the fresh air and available social distancing outside why be ridiculous and cancel the trick or treating. You allow families to go into a crowded Costco but not trick or treat? Who are you taking your orders from because their are lots of doctors that disagree with you. Why make things worse when you don't have to. Your policies are irrational and not based on real science.
Ottawa Public Health we need clarification on isolation of an elementary school child. Does their family have to isolate? Do they have to remain completely separate from the family? Is it possible to have a child under 12 self isolate based on your rules? I called you today and the response is "there is no rule" but if a kid under 12 cannot self isolate the household should isolate. Without a rule or communication this is not happening.

I'd like to hear how having a child under 10 stay home but have their siblings attend school and their families out in the community is helping stop community transmission.
Where can I make an appointment for the flue shot
Sign of the times in Ottawa
What is the point of getting tested if you never get the results?
The Rideau Sport Centre is still allowing people to play doubles, both indoors and outdoors, despite the city’s decree stating singles only. They are maintaining that they can do this because they are a private club. Meanwhile, I have gotten emails from 2 other private tennis clubs, saying, no doubles allowed......
Is the RSC ok in doi;g t his?
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