2 new COVID-19 cases in Ottawa confirmed

Ontario's Ministry of Health says two of province's 22 new cases of COVID-19 announced Saturday morning are in Ottawa, the city's fourth and fifth confirmed cases.

Woman in her 30s also diagnosed at Alexandria hospital

Health-care workers sit at a registration table during a media tour of the COVID-19 assessment centre at Brewer Park Arena in Ottawa, on Friday, March 13, 2020. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Ontario's Ministry of Health says Ottawa has two new cases of COVID-19, the city's fourth and fifth confirmed cases of the respiratory illness.

The ministry's twice-daily update did not include age, gender or where the patients were assessed.

Ottawa now has five confirmed cases of the respiratory illness, which has cold- or flu-like symptoms in most cases.

There are currently 96 confirmed cases in Ontario, 22 of them new this morning. Five more cases have been "resolved," meaning they've tested negative and are no longer infectious.

New case in eastern Ontario

Elsewhere in eastern Ontario, a woman in her 30s was confirmed Saturday afternoon to have COVID-19 following travel to the United States.

The ministry said she was seen at the Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria, Ont., and is now in self-isolation.

According to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, the woman is from Prescott-Russell, Ont., and began showing symptoms two days after returning from New York City on March 9.

Her symptoms include a mild cough and generalized aches and pain, the health unit said in a press release. 

There are two more cases in the CFB Trenton quarantine of former Grand Princess cruise passengers, but because they're considered repatriated international travellers, they're not counted among the new Ontario cases.

In western Quebec, a patient who was in Mont-Laurier, Que., near Maniwaki, is now in hospital in Montreal.

Quebec now has 21 confirmed cases.

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