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Ottawa sees 179 new cases of COVID-19, uptick in ICU patients

There are outbreaks of the virus at 31 healthcare facilities, with a new one declared at Villa Marconi long-term care.
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Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reporting 179 new cases of COVID-19 in the city with 15 COVID patients now in intensive care (ICU).

Wednesday's ICU number is up from 11 on Tuesday. The number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Ottawa are still at 33 -- triple what it was less than two weeks ago.

No new deaths keeps the city's pandemic death toll at 398.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the community is up to 1,217, according to OPH.

There are outbreaks of the virus at 31 healthcare facilities, Wednesday, with a new one declared at Villa Marconi long-term care. Two staff members at that home have contracted COVID-19.

Elsewhere, OPH says it's still keeping an eye on one outbreak linked to a school or childcare centre, and seven community outbreaks. Of the community outbreaks, there are no longer any linked to social events -- one stems from a multi-unit dwelling, another from sports and recreation, and the rest are from workplaces.

Since March of 2020, 11,747 Ottawans have contracted COVID-19, with 10,132 of those cases resolved.

Ontario is reporting 2,961 new cases of COVID-19, Wednesday, with 12 in eastern Ontario, five in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark and none in Renfrew County.

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