After a week-long series of record-setting increases, Ontario reported 1,396 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, a slight decline from Thursday’s total of 1,575 new cases.
Provincial hotspots continue to be Toronto and Peel region, both of which reported 440 new cases, and 155 in York.
Ottawa’s confirmed case count increased by 41, Ontario Public Health reported, while 16 other cases were reported in Eastern Ontario, including six in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington, and four reported by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. Three new cases were reported by each of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health and Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health.
Ottawa Public Health will report detailed statistics at about noon.
The new cases bring the province’s total to 91,180 since January.
Additionally, 19 new COVID-19-related deaths were reported Friday, bringing the province’s total to 3,312. Ten of those deaths occurred in long-term care facilities.
There are currently 452 COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals, an increase of 21 since Thursday’s report. Of those, 106 are in intensive care, an increase of eight from the previous day.
Ottawa Public Health reported 41 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, fewer than half the 91 it reported a day earlier.
Additionally, six new deaths were reported Friday, bringing the city’s total to 356 since January. All six newly reported deaths occurred at healthcare institutions.
There have been 7,766 cases in Ottawa since January. Currently, there are 60 COVID-19 patients in Ottawa hospitals, eight of them in intensive care.
Overall, the number of outbreaks at healthcare institutions fell from 25 to 24, with two outbreaks being closed and one being added. The number of outbreaks in schools or daycares was unchanged at seven, while community outbreaks also remained unchanged, at four.
The Ottawa Hospital announced Friday it was moving its drive-thru assessment centre to the NAC, from its present location at the Coventry Road stadium.
In addition, a new testing site will open at McNabb Community Centre on Percy Street near Gladstone Avenue.
The new facilities will “increase downtown access to COVID-19 testing” the hospital said on Twitter.