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12 new COVID-19 cases in Ottawa Wednesday

Ottawa Public Health logged 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and marked 25 more cases as resolved.

New confirmed cases spread out evenly by age

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) logged 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and marked 25 more cases as resolved.

That drops the tally of known active cases in the city down to 206, and brings the city's total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began to 2,987, including 2,514 resolved and 267 deaths.

Eleven patients are currently in hospital, one more than yesterday, with just one in intensive care.

Four of the 12 new cases are listed as health-care workers or first responders.

While the ages of the newly confirmed cases are spread out evenly, Mayor Jim Watson told a news conference Wednesday afternoon that close to 900 of the city's nearly 3,000 confirmed cases so far involve people 30 and younger.

Dr. Vera Etches, the city's medical officer of health, told that same news conference OPH had seen its first instance where someone tested positive after receiving a notification via the COVID Alert app.

Launched July 31 by the federal government, the app is designed to warn users if they've spent at least 15 minutes in the past two weeks within two metres of another user who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

"The more people who download the COVID-19 app, the better," Etches said. 

More than 130 new cases in Ontario

The daily reports don't necessarily reflect how many people tested positive for COVID-19 on the day the numbers are made public; rather, they indicate the number of new cases OPH is notified of as of 2 p.m. the previous day.

Provincewide, Ontario logged 133 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday, meaning Ottawa's new cases are proportionate to its population.

Quebec logged 132 newly confirmed cases Wednesday

With files from Trevor Pritchard

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