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Ottawa's average COVID-19 rate per 100,000 residents sees uptick

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 61 new cases in the city on Saturday.
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Ottawa’s COVID-19 active cases have seen a slight dip while the rate of infection per 100,000 residents is up.

According to Ottawa Public Health’s report on Saturday, there are seven fewer active cases in the city (now 398), however, the rate per 100,000 residents in the last week has gone up to 33.7 compared to Friday’s 32.1.

There are 61 new cases to report in the city on Saturday, unchanged from Friday’s report.

In total, 355 new cases have been reported in Ottawa in the last seven days.

Ottawa’s total case count since the pandemic started is now at 29,953.

Of the new cases, two involve the Delta variant, while six cases are labelled to have detected a mutation, although inconclusive.

There are no new deaths to report, keeping the local death toll at 596.

Hospital numbers haven’t budged much with 19 people still in hospital (the same as Friday) but with one more person in the ICU (now 11).

There are three new outbreaks at childcare centres and schools, bringing the current ongoing total to 13.

However, there are no new outbreaks to declare at healthcare institutions (although three remain ongoing) or within the community (two, though, are still ongoing).

The positivity rate in the community remains at 2.1 per cent.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has reported 28 new cases of the virus in the area, down from Friday’s 31.

Meanwhile, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit recorded a drop in cases to three compared to Friday’s seven; while the Renfrew County and District Health Unit are not reporting any new cases.

Ontario, on the other hand, has reported a bit of a jump in newly reported cases in the province on Saturday.

Public Health Ontario counted 704 new cases, up from Friday’s 668 and Thursday’s 647.

The last time the province reported new case numbers in the 700s was on September 24 with 727 cases.

This brings the total provincial case count since the pandemic started to 587,521.

Seven deaths have been added to the tally as well, but all deaths reported on Saturday only include deaths that have happened in the last month.

And in the last 24 hours, 645 cases have resolved.

Four COVID patients have been able to leave the hospital since Friday, bringing the current total to 274.

There continues to be 141 COVID patients in ICUs across the province, with 93 on a ventilator (which is four fewer than yesterday).

Of those in hospital but not in the ICU, 115 are unvaccinated; 31 are fully vaccinated and eight are partially.

Meanwhile, 94 COVID patients in the ICU are unvaccinated; eight are partially vaccinated, and seven are fully.

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