Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ottawa surpasses 10,000 cases of COVID-19, test positivity rate jumps to 3.9 per cent

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Two COVID-19 deaths, 189 new cases reported in Saskatchewan
Two COVID-19 deaths, 189 new cases reported in Saskatchewan

Ottawa’s key COVID-19 indicators continue to rise, as the capital surpasses 10,000 total cases of novel coronavirus during the pandemic.

Ottawa Public Health reported 122 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, along with no new deaths linked to the virus.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa on March 11, there have been 10,051 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 392 deaths.

The daily epidemiology report shows a 1.4 per cent increase in Ottawa’s positivity rate, while the cases per 100,000 has jumped to 43.4 cases per 100,000 on Friday, from 29.2 cases per 100,000 on Christmas Eve.

Ottawa Public Health says Ottawa’s positivity rate increased to 3.9 per cent for the period of Dec. 25-31, up from 2.5 per cent for the period Dec. 23-29. The positivity rate for COVID-19 tests in Ottawa was 1.2 per cent for the week of Dec. 14 to 20.

The 122 new cases of COVID-19 reported by Ottawa Public Health on Friday followed a major discrepancy in cases reported in Ottawa on Thursday. Public Health Ontario reported 194 new cases of COVID-19 in the capital, while OPH said there were 63 new laboratory-confirmed cases.

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