Saturday, August 1, 2020

COVID-19: New cases remain elevated in Ottawa and province

TOPSHOT - A health worker shows a swab sample for a COVID-19 test, in Merida, Yucatan state, on July 24, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by HUGO BORGES / AFP) (Photo by HUGO BORGES/AFP via Getty Images)

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Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus remained steady, but still at troubling levels in Ontario and Ottawa Saturday.

The province reported 138 confirmed cases Saturday, down from the 195 cases reported Friday. There was one new death, bringing the total to 2,759.

The total number of confirmed cases stands at 38,543, with about 89 per cent of them resolved.

“Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and vented patients have all decreased (Saturday),” Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted.

Ottawa Public Health reported 28 new cases, one more than the 27 reported Friday.

It was the the eighth straight day of double-digit increases in new cases.

There have been a total of 2,389 cases of COVID-19 in the city.

There were no new deaths reported Saturday.

OPH reported seven active outbreaks in Ottawa health institutions, including three at child care facilities.

The most recent child care outbreak was declared Friday at the Renée Tassé Daycare at La Cité Collégiale. The OPH covid site did not immediately state the extent of the outbreak.

Two other child care outbreaks were declared July 20: La Clémentine Michel Dupuis and the Pinecrest Queensway (Headstart) Centre.

Other outbreaks were at two long-term care centres and two retirement residences.

As has been the case most of the week, about two-thirds of the new cases are under the age of 40.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and others have warned young Canadians to stop fuelling the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“I must urge all Canadians, particularly younger adults, to not give in to COVID-19 fatigue,” she said Friday.

“This is your generation and your future that is being shaped. Younger age groups are not invincible against COVID-19,” said Tam.

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