COVID-19 figures from paramedics’ restaurant party hit 53

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The number of Ottawa paramedics testing positive for COVID-19 after a restaurant party without a guard rose to 53 on Tuesday.

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The eight additional staff meant that a further 14 patients were identified as close contacts, increasing the number of “low-to-moderate risk contacts” to 139, Chief Medical Officer Pierre Poirier told the city council on Tuesday in a note he described as the “final update” related to the party on December 15th.

Poirier noted that the paramedic is not aware that any of the patients tested positive for COVID-19.

He added that 61 employees have cleared COVID protocols and have returned to the workplace, with the result that service readiness is no longer required in connection with this incident.

The group of about 130 paramedics – representing about 20 percent of the total workforce – led the first 30 employees to test positive for COVID.

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