Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ottawa ICUs COVID-19 free for first time since September

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Ottawa Public Health says there are currently no patients in Ottawa ICUs with COVID-19 complications.

The latest update from OPH on Saturday shows 20 hospitalized patients in the city, but zero in any intensive care unit.

OPH reported 46 more people in the city have tested positive for COVID-19, but the number of people with active cases went down slightly.

Ontario health officials confirmed 2,357 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday along with 27 new deaths. 1,865 recoveries have also been reported. Public Health Ontario reported 40 new cases in Ottawa.

Daily updates from Ottawa Public Health have differed from Public Health Ontario’s figures.

According to OPH’s COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 9,314 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the capital since the pandemic began.

No new deaths were reported on Saturday, leaving the city’s COVID-19 death toll at 389 residents.

OTTAWA COVID-19 STATUS: ORANGE-RESTRICT
Ottawa remains in the “Orange-Restrict” level under the provincial reopening framework. Ottawa moved into the restriction level on Nov. 7.

The “Orange-Restrict” level is for areas with a weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 people of between 25 and 39.9, a positivity rate between 1.3 per cent and 2.4 per cent and a reproduction number of 1 to 1.1.

Here is where Ottawa stands on those metrics currently:

COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 30.9
Positivity rate in Ottawa: 1.4 per cent (Dec. 11 to 17)
Reproduction Number: 0.98 (seven day average)
The “Yellow-Protect” level requires a weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 people of between 10 and 24.9, a positivity rate between 0.5 per cent and 1.2 per cent and a reproduction number of “approximately 1”, according to the province.

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