Ottawa added one new case of the novel coronavirus to its total on Tuesday, marking the second consecutive day of single-digit increases following weeks of surging test results.
Canada’s capital now stands at 2,560 cases of the virus since the pandemic began, according to Ottawa Public Health (OPH). The number of deaths related to COVID-19 remains unchanged at 264 as of Tuesday.
There are currently 196 active cases of the virus in Ottawa, down from 271 on Friday.
Twelve people in the city are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, two of whom are in the intensive care unit (ICU). OPH’s dashboard shows the Ottawa teenager who was in the ICU last week is no longer in intensive care.
There are currently 13 outbreaks at Ottawa institutions, according to the local public health unit.
Six of these outbreaks are in Ottawa childcare centres, with recent outbreaks declared at the Metcalfe Home Daycare and the Children’s Village of Ottawa-Carleton. Global News reached out to the Children’s Village for confirmation on which location was experiencing an outbreak but did not receive a response.
One child tested positive for the virus at the Metcalfe daycare, while two staff account for confirmed cases at the Children’s Village location.
Ottawa’s latest daily report follows four new coronavirus cases recorded locally on Monday, the Civic Holiday in Ontario.
Over the long weekend, some of the city’s testing centres were closed. While the Brewer Assessment Centre remained open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day, the Moodie Care Centre only reopened on Monday while the Heron Care Centre was closed until Tuesday morning.
Ottawa’s figures mirrored similar drop-offs in new cases across the province, with Ontario reporting fewer than 100 new cases on both Monday and Tuesday.
Heading into the long weekend, Ottawa’s coronavirus case count stood at 2,522 following weeks of daily double-digit increases in the total number of cases locally.
With cases of the coronavirus surging in Ottawa since mid-July, local health officials have urged residents to get “back to basics” to flatten the curve again.
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