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OPH says Young people behind spike in COVID-19 numbers.

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Published on July 20, 2020 with No Comments

44 per cent of recent cases tied to people under 30

For the second day in a row, Ottawa’s number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases has hit double digits — part of a recent surge health officials say is linked to young people.

Another 16 cases of COVID-19 were reported by Ottawa Public Health on Sunday, following a similarly large spike of 19 cases on Saturday.

While COVID-19 cases in Ottawa “do cross all age groups,” more than four in 10 recent cases involve people younger than 30, said Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s chief medical officer, Sunday morning.

“Everybody needs social contact. People in their 20s have been doing a great job. They’ve been part of this collective effort to flatten the curve,” she said via Skype.

“What we need to emphasize now is when we’re going to with friends 

However, nothing in the data indicates the recent surge in cases is tied to a particular bar or restaurant in the city, Etches said, but rather gatherings at private dwellings and cottages.

“Many of the cases that are arising are due to that kind of scenario, where people are indoors, in closer contact, and someone’s been sick. And then it spreads,” Etches said.

It’s important to encourage others to follow public health recommendations, Etches added, regardless of a person’s age.

She urged people to keep indoor gatherings small and not to mix social circles, while gathering outside whenever possible.

Colin Leger was one of many who did just that Sunday, as he got together with friends at Ottawa’s Mooney’s Bay.

He said the spike in cases among younger people is concerning, and feels some of the blame placed on his fellow 20-somethings may be warranted.

After being cooped up for months, Leger said he understands why people want to get together again.

“The fact that we can get outside and actually see each other is quite a thrill,” he said. “It’s going to be quite different in the winter when we run out of this kind of weather.”


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