Returning to class has not been stress-free in the National Capital Region. COVID-19 in Ottawa Schools continues to be an issue and more than 30 facilities have now reported cases.
On September 22, in a statement shared with the public, Ottawa’s medical officer of health confirmed that 34 local schools had reported cases of the illness and two outbreaks had occurred.
The city’s top doctor explained, “I understand the frustration and anxiety parents and school staff are facing when it comes to our schools and whether to keep them open.”
Different Ottawa schools with cases of COVID-19
However, she stated, “Closing schools would have a significant, negative impact on the community.”
A school in the city was recently shut down for at least two weeks due to staff and students testing positive for the illness.
This comes as the number of cases in the city continues to climb. On Tuesday, Ottawa reported it’s highest single-day increase since the beginning of the pandemic.
In response, a Class Section 22 Order has been invoked and stricter punishments are being handed out to those who flout the rules.
Failure to comply with the city’s self-isolation rules could result in a $5,000 per day fine.