Weekly round-up: March 27

Hey there! I know the news is moving at light-speed these days and it can be hard to keep up. I’m going to round up the stories you need to know every Friday so you can get all the info in just a few clicks. Keep washing those hands!

Last weekend the Ottawa Hospital implemented a ‘No Visitor’ policy. The Queensway-Carleton and CHEO have similar measures in place.

March break travelers are returning this week and the federal government has imposed a mandatory 14 days of self-isolation. We have the info you need on how to self-isolate.

Ottawa Public Health wants you to know confirmed numbers only paint a small picture of the overall situation in the city.

This was a sad week for the city with the first COVID-19 related death. Health officials say this shows how quickly community transmission can spread.

Ottawa followed the province’s footsteps to declare a state of emergency in the city. This gives Ottawa flexibility on some of the bureaucracy during this time.

We’ve all moved online, but rural, remote and Indigenous communities risk getting left behind without enough bandwidth. I chatted about it with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.

Elsewhere, Jill Kennedy wrote about the soothing appeal of Animal Crossing.

What to watch, listen to, read and eat this weekend 

Brunch plans are off for the next while, but there’s a ton of great content to get us through this time.

Watch: Schitt’s Creek will bring a smile to your face and even a few happy tears. If you’ve heard the hype over the past few years, now is the time to dig-in. Plus, the show stars Ottawa actress Annie Murphy. You can catch it on Netflix.

Listen: If you’re having a hard time working from home, an engrossing podcast may help. I listened to all The Dream’s first season this week. If you’ve ever had a high school acquaintance try to sell you hand cream or leggings, you’ll want to tune in. You can find it on Spotify.

Read: Enjoy some e-books thanks to a free month of Scribd. An entire library is at your fingertips.

Eat: If you live within five kilometres of Eldon’s, you can have their locally sourced menu delivered right to your door. No dishes and supporting a local business sounds like a win to me!

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