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Ottawa sees spike in new and active COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has recorded 61 new cases of the virus in the city since Saturday.
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Active and new COVID-19 cases spiked in Ottawa over the last 24 hours, although there were no new deaths to report following Saturday’s recorded death.

On Sunday, November 28, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 345 active cases in the city – that’s up from Saturday’s 310 – and 61 new cases, also up from yesterday’s 45.

That means Ottawa represents 6.4 per cent of all cases reported in Ontario on Sunday.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the city since the pandemic started to 31,943.

Nine of the new active cases are among children aged zero to nine; seven are among kids and teens aged 10 to 19; and five are among young adults aged 20-29.

Ottawa’s death toll remained at 618.

No new outbreaks were declared in the city or in health-care institutions, keeping the number of ongoing outbreaks at two and eight, respectively.

Although, there were two new outbreaks at childcare and schools, bringing the total to 19 ongoing outbreaks.

The outbreaks were declared at Maryvale Academy of Ottawa Elementary School (with two staff cases) and at FrankRyan Catholic Elementary School (with two student cases).

Hospital cases in Ottawa remained unchanged for another day with 10 currently in hospital and zero in ICUs.

What did see an increase was the rate per 100,000 residents which is now at 27.7, which is up from Saturday’s 25.1.

The positivity rate, on the other hand, remained at 1.7 per cent.

Public Health Ontario (PHO) has the Eastern Ontario Health Unit reporting 27 new cases on Sunday, up from Saturday’s 12.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit recorded four new cases, slightly up from Saturday’s three. 

And the Renfrew County and District Health Unit had two new cases to report, down from Saturday’s five.

Ontario, on the other hand, saw an increase in new daily cases on Sunday, and reported 964 new cases — that’s up from Saturday’s 854.

This brings the total number of cases since the pandemic started to 617,015.

One new death was also reported, bringing Ontario’s death toll to 9,994.

And in the last 24 hours, 558 more cases have resolved. 

There are now 122 people in hospital with the virus, which means 132 people were able to leave the hospital since Saturday. 

Meanwhile, one more person entered the ICU, bringing the current number of patients in the unit to 135, although two fewer people are now on a ventilator (now 85).

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