Ottawa

OPH reports 70 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

Ottawa public health officials confirmed 70 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the city's total to 5,969 cases since the start of the pandemic. 

1st death confirmed at Hawkesbury, Ont., long-term care home

A cyclist rides along a pathway as fog blankets the Rideau Canal in Ottawa earlier this week. Ottawa Public Health reported 70 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, but no new deaths. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Ottawa public health officials confirmed 70 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the city's total to 5,969 cases since the start of the pandemic. 

No new deaths were reported, leaving the total at 301. 

The city's number of active cases is down seven since yesterday, dropping to 785. There are also now 62 fewer active cases than there were last Saturday.

There are 48 people hospitalized with the virus, with eight in intensive care. There are also 74 ongoing outbreaks at city institutions such as long-term care facilities and child-care centres.

The City of Ottawa also announced Saturday that a Service Ottawa worker who last worked Oct. 15 at the city hall branch had tested positive for COVID-19.

The worker received the positive test result that same day and has been self-isolating at home ever since, the city said. 

Death reported at Hawkesbury home

The reports from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) don't necessarily reflect how many people tested positive for COVID-19 on the day they're made public; rather, they indicate the number of new cases OPH is notified of as of 2 p.m. the previous day.

East of the nation's capital, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell announced in an email Saturday the first death from COVID-19 at the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury, Ont.

The long-term care home was one of seven facilities in the Ottawa area that learned last weekend they would get help managing the pandemic from the Canadian Red Cross.

Ontario is reporting 805 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, marking six straight days of more than 700 daily cases recorded in the province. 

Toronto accounted for nearly half of Saturday's new cases, with 374 recorded in the province's capital. 

Meanwhile, Ontario's official COVID-19 death toll now sits at 3,041, with 10 new deaths confirmed today.

In western Quebec health officials have confirmed 45 new cases since yesterday.

The region has had 2,008 cases of COVID-19 and 34 deaths since the pandemic began.

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