There has been exactly 7,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began, according to Ottawa Public Health.
The figure was reported in OPH’s daily COVID-19 dashboard update, which showed 73 new infections of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in the past 24 hours.
This is a significant discrepancy compared to what was reported by Ontario government officials on Saturday.
Health Minister Christine Elliott had tweeted that there were 94 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa in Ontario’s most recent update. The most recent epidemiologic summary corrobrates that number, however it shows a cumulative total of 6,995 lab-confirmed cases in Ottawa, just shy of the 7,000 reported today by OPH.
The reason for this discrepancy is unclear at the moment.
The new cases in Ottawa are among 1,015 new cases of COVID-19 reported across Ontario, with about a third in Toronto.
No new deaths were reported on Saturday, leaving Ottawa’s death toll from COVID-19 at 323 residents.
The seven-day average of newly reported cases in Ottawa is 69.4, down from 72.7 last week. The 7-day average peaked at 112.9 on Oct. 11.
HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA
Ottawa Public Health reports 42 people are currently in an Ottawa-area hospital with COVID-19 related illnesses.
Four people are currently in an intensive care unit.
Both figures are unchanged from Friday’s report.
Ottawa Public Health reports of the 42 people in hospital:
one person is between the ages of 20 and 29,
one person is between the ages of 30 and 39,
one person is between the ages of 40 and 49,
three people are in their 50s,
eight people are in their 60s,
11 people are in their 70s,
11 people are between 80 and 89, and
six are 90 years old or older.