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More school COVID-19 outbreaks cleared in Ottawa as active case count drops

Six Ottawans remain hospitalized with COVID-19.
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Ottawa Public Health (OPH) says five school outbreaks of COVID-19 have been cleared in the last three days and it's seeing fewer active cases in the city, overall.

Another outbreak has been cleared in a child care centre as of Saturday, October 16, as well, which leaves five schools on outbreak status and two community outbreaks being monitored by OPH. The community cases stem from one office and one 'services' workplace.

The health unit is confirming 24 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday. There have been 226 new cases over the last seven days. 

OPH has confirmed 117 new Delta variant cases in the last 30 days.

The number of active cases that the health unit knows about is down to 257. That figure was at 338 one week ago.

There are six people in local hospitals with COVID-19 (five in intensive care).

No new COVID-19-related deaths are being reported in the capital, which leaves the local pandemic toll at 601.

According to OPH's vaccination dashboard, 85 per cent of all residents over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 89 per cent have had at least one shot.

The rate of infection among Ottawa's unvaccinated vaccine-eligible population is 11 times higher than it is for the fully vaccinated population. The local rate of infection per 100,000 residents for those vaccinated against the virus is at 11, whereas the rate for those unvaccinated (or vaccinated with one dose under 14 days) is 125.2. The rate per 100,000 residents for those who are waiting for their second shot is 55.4.

Ottawa residents being tested for COVID-19 in Ottawa are seeing positive results 1.9 per cent of the time.

Ontario is reporting 486 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths on Saturday. The province says 329 of those cases are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or who have an unknown vaccination status. 

There have been 30,451 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa (29,593 resolved) since March of 2020.

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