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According to Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa has entered a new wave of COVID-19 this fall as key indicators point to a surge of COVID-19 in the community.

Ottawa residents are being urged to wear masks indoors to protect themselves and others and keep up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

In its weekly snapshot of the COVID-19 situation in Ottawa, the health unit said: “Our surveillance indicators show that we are now in a new wave of COVID-19.

“We are also heading into respiratory disease season where we expect respiratory viruses to be circulating.”

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Ottawa Public Health says both the viral sewage signal and percent positivity rates from the tests are high and increasing. While the virus signal from this week’s COVID-19 sewage is lower than it was from mid-July to mid-August, it is still higher than during the winter Omicron wave.

“The same strategies we use to fight COVID-19 can help protect you from other viruses,” the health unit said on Twitter.

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“If you feel sick, stay home. Isolate until you no longer have a fever and symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours. After isolation, continue to wear a mask in public for 10 days. As the weather gets colder, more people will gather indoors. Consider wearing a mask to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and other viruses. Your actions matter.”

All Ottawa residents 18 years and older are now eligible to receive the bivalent COVID-19 booster dose and will be offered the bivalent vaccine when you book an appointment.

“This booster is an extra layer of protection that gives your body even more ways to fight COVID-19,” the health unit said.

Montfort Hospital has imposed visitor restrictions due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the community.

As of Wednesday, visitors will no longer be allowed to see patients in the care units at Montfort Hospital.

Only one caregiver may be present at the bedside at a time, and up to two caregivers may be designated to assist the patient.

“This is a safety measure for our patients and staff as we see an increase in COVID-19 cases in our community,” Montfort Hospital said in a statement to CTV News Ottawa.