Coronavirus Canada Updates: COVID-19 cases in Ottawa still trending in triple digits; record-breaking active cases

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Ottawa Public Health is reporting 184 more people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19, another day of triple-digit increases in the local case count.

All but two days so far this month have seen more than 100 new cases of the novel coronavirus, including Friday and Saturday’s record-breaking totals of 210 and 234, respectively.

Two more people in Ottawa have died.

The number of people with active cases of COVID-19 has also surged past 1,200, marking a third straight day of record-high active cases in the city.

On Saturday, Ottawa’s medical officer of health, Dr. Vera Etches, warned that the city was headed into “grey” territory, which suggests that Ottawa could remain under the province’s “lockdown” status after the 28-day provincewide shutdown ends if trends don’t improve before Jan. 23.

On Sunday, Ottawa’s number of new cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days rose to more than 90.

Across the province, officials added 3,945 new cases of COVID-19 to the total case count, setting a new single-day record. Sixty-one more people in Ontario have died of COVID-19. Ontario health officials reported 129 cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday, for a total of 11,318.

Figures from OPH have differed from the province’s, sometimes significantly, in recent days, which OPH says is due to differences in when data is pulled for each respective daily update. On Saturday, OPH said its team adjusted its data pulling time locally to help cut down on the discrepancies with the provincial reports.

Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard now has a total of 11,378 cases of lab-confirmed COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began.

Two more COVID-19 deaths were reported in Ottawa on Sunday, bringing the city’s pandemic death toll to 397 residents.

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