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Ottawa's daily COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations dip slightly; incidence rate continues climb

Ottawa also accounts for 5.5 per cent of the province's total daily case count on Saturday.

After daily COVID-19 case counts spending a few days in the 300s, Ottawa is seeing a bit of a break with its latest numbers.

Ottawa Public Health recorded 241 new daily cases of the virus on Saturday — down from the 345 reported Friday.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic started to 21,552.

Hospitalizations and ICU patients are also seeing a bit of a dip, with 103 and 30 recorded, respectively. That’s two fewer people in the hospital, and three fewer in the ICU.

The incidence rate, however, continues to climb and now stands at 222.4 per 100,000 — up from Friday’s 218.8.

The positivity rate in the community, though, remains at 10.5 per cent.

Over the past seven days, 2,308 new cases have been reported.

Two more cases have also been added to the local death toll, bringing the total tally to 482.

Resolved cases are now at 17,852 — meaning 137 more people have been cleared of the virus.

Active cases now stand at 3,218 — that’s 102 more than Friday’s count.

There are two more outbreaks declared at childcare centres and schools, bringing the total number of ongoing outbreaks to 18.

One new outbreak was recorded in healthcare institutions, bringing that total to 16, as well as one more in the community, bringing the total to 10.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has declared 34 new cases of the virus on Saturday, down from the 56 reported from the day before.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, however, is reporting a bit of an incline in new numbers to 18, from the 13 reported on Friday.

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit, though, is the only health unit in the area not to report any new cases — a change from yesterday’s eight.

Ontario’s numbers are seeing a slight dip as the government reports 4,362 new cases on Saturday — down from the 4,812 reported on Friday.

This means Ottawa accounts for 5.5 per cent of the province's daily total case count on Saturday.

Of the new cases on Saturday in Ontario, 190 are among teens ages 14 to 17; 187 are among kids ages nine to 13; and 142 are among children four to eight.

This brings the province’s total number of cases since the pandemic started to 412,745.

The number of daily reported deaths, however, are seeing an upwards trend with its report of 34 on Saturday, compared to yesterday’s 25. This brings the death toll to 7,698.

There are 3,611 more cases across the province added to the resolved cases, bringing the total to 364,353 since the pandemic started.

Hospitalizations continue to increase as it reported 110 new patients in beds, bringing the current total to 2,065.

Twenty-five more patients are in the ICU — bringing the total to 726 — 21 of which are on a ventilator, bringing that total to 501.

Since Friday, 56,852 tests have been completed.

As of Saturday, 6.9 per cent of cases were positive — down from Friday’s 8.2 per cent. The last time the positivity rate was in the sixes was on April 10 with 6.5 per cent.

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