Ottawa students might have the chance to head back to in-person learning this school year as the city sees a slow decline in COVID-19 cases, says one top doctor.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Dr. Vera Etches, the Ottawa Public Health medical officer of health, stated that the Ottawa schools reopening could take place by the end of the month.

"It's looking positive to be able to open schools towards the end of May if the rate of COVID continues to come down in our community."

Etches also mentioned that a regional approach might be the best option when it comes to reopening schools across the province.

"What am I encouraged by, is the conversations about being able to open schools is happening and that is something where I think the regional approach is a valid way to go," she stated. "That's the first step, we need to get schools open and then we need to take a look at other measures that could be relaxed."