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COVID-19: Six new deaths, 11 new outbreaks in Ottawa; Provincial hospitalization increased again

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 reached another high on Saturday, with Ontario reporting another 3,957 patients.

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While some key COVID-19 metrics continue to show some improvement in Ottawa, there is some bad news in the latest Ottawa Public Health report.

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OPH reported six new deaths on Saturday, with six more cases in hospital and one additional patient in ICU.

In all, the health agency reported 469 new cases of COVID-19 till Friday. OPH has said that the lack of widespread availability of PCR tests means those numbers are likely to be much higher.

There have been 52,745 cases of COVID-19 and 646 deaths since the pandemic began.

OPH is aware of 5,103 active cases of the virus, which is 376 less than Friday’s total.

There were six more people in the hospital for a total of 67 patients, while one more case of a total of nine was reported in the ICU.

The agency reported 11 new outbreaks in health care and living settings, for a total of 149 outbreaks. The largest new outbreak is at Chapel Hill Retirement Residence in Orleans, where seven residents and four staff members are affected. As of Friday there is one remaining outbreak in schools and child-care settings.

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In a closely watched figure, the rolling seven-day average of new cases per 100,000 people has dropped to 346.5, while test positivity remains at 26.4. The reproduction number R

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