COVID-19 Community Exposures

Last updated: January 10, 2022

Ottawa Public Health works to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in the community. Some of this work is done by contact tracing. Contact tracing is when people who have been exposed are notified of their exposure. Sometimes when there is an exposure in the community or workplace, it is not possible to identify all the people who have been exposed.

Ottawa Public Health does not disclose the location of all possible COVID-19 exposures to protect individuals’ privacy. The information on this web page is only disclosed when it is not possible to identify all individuals at risk of exposure. This helps to ensure quick notification of potential contacts and reduce the risk of further transmission.

Ottawa Public Health is investigating the following community exposures. This does not reflect all exposures Ottawa Public Health is investigating. Learn more about outbreaks in healthcare and other institutional settings, childcare and schools. Exposures remain on this web page during the incubation period, which is up to 14 days. The incubation period is the number of days between when you're infected and when you might see symptoms. 

Most locations listed have the required public health measures in place, but despite these measures, there is still a risk of COVID-19 transmission. If you think you may have been exposed, follow the instructions below for testing and self-isolation. If you were contacted by Ottawa Public Health, follow the guidance provided. You may have been contacted by an automated message or letter.

For information on the Omicron variant, please visit our Information for those who test positive for COVID-19 and high-risk contacts webpage.

Exposures to COVID-19 Under Investigation
Location of ExposureAddressDate(s)Time(s)
None at this time Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

What do I do if I have been exposed?

You do not need to call Ottawa Public Health to report that you may have been exposed. Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow these instructions.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms:

  • You must self-isolate and get tested immediately even if you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. A list of testing sites in Ottawa is available on our COVID-19 Testing page. We ask that you review this other webpage carefully and follow the instructions including what to tell your household members.
  • If you chose to not go for testing, you must self-isolate for 10 days from your symptom onset regardless of your vaccination status. Find more information on our Information for individuals who did not get tested page.

If you do not have symptoms:

  • You should not go for testing. Continue to monitor for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, isolate and follow the recommendations above.
  • You and your household contacts should avoid vulnerable persons such as residents of long-term care homes, hospital patients or people with chronic illnesses that may compromise their immune system.


More information for cases and contacts of COVID-19 is available on the Information for those who test positive for COVID-19 and high-risk contacts page

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