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Don't read too much into Ottawa's recent low COVID-19 numbers, associate medical officer says

Dr. Moloughney urged continued vigilance against spreading the virus, regardless of whether one has been tested for COVID-19.
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While recent days with single-digit numbers of new cases is good news for slowing the spread of COVID-19, one of the city's top doctors is cautioning against celebrating too much, too soon.

One new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Ottawa on Tuesday, with four new cases confirmed on Monday, after 16 consecutive days of double-digit increases.

"It's just a couple of days," said Dr. Brent Moloughney, Ottawa's associate medical officer of health. "Whether the cases are up for a couple of days or down for a couple of days, I don't think one should over-react or over-interpret."

Dr. Moloughney urged continued vigilance against spreading the virus, regardless of whether one has been tested for COVID-19.

"In (some) cases, a negative test is falsely reassuring, and so it's actually more important to do the things that prevent transmission: not going out if you're sick, physical distancing, masking, handwashing," said Dr. Moloughney.




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