September 9th - Dr. Etches Update (Ottawa Public Health)
Message from Ottawa Public Health:
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) released new Ward data on confirmed persons diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ottawa on September 8, 2020.
In addition to information on cumulative persons diagnosed with COVID-19 per Ward - that is, the number of persons diagnosed with COVID-19 per 100,000 population – this data now also includes data for the last 30 days and the last 14 days, as explained in Dr. Etches’ update to City Council this morning.
It’s important to understand that this is not a map of “COVID-19 hot spots” in Ottawa, but rather a map showing cumulative rates of COVID-19 cases and their distribution by Ward. Some of the areas where OPH has identified clusters of COVID-19, do overlap with some wards.
OPH would like to remind all residents that COVID-19 remains present in every single community within Ottawa. Wards are administrative boundaries and do not reflect the natural ebb and flow of Ottawa residents within the municipality nor the communities in which they live, work, play and raise their families.
The Ward data is based on the place of residence of Ottawans with confirmed COVID-19 and does not necessarily reflect where the disease was contracted. Exposure to COVID-19 can occur anywhere people congregate, such as workplaces, essential services or other establishments open to the public, as well as the homes or cottages of friends and relatives. The best way to limit exposure to COVID-19 is to continue to practice physical distancing, limiting close contacts to your immediate family, frequent hand washing and mask use in situations where physical distancing may be difficult to maintain.
Urban areas tend to have higher population density, making physical distancing difficult. Further, social determinants of health, such as income and ethnicity, can contribute to differences in disease prevalence and health behaviours. Ontarians who tested positive for COVID-19 were more likely to live in lower-income neighbourhoods or neighbourhoods with a higher percentage of visible minorities and recent immigrants.
You can view the new Ward data on OPH’s Mapping Products webpage.