Ottawa numbers not big part of record high provincial COVID-19 numbers

OTTAWA – Ottawa’s daily COVID-19 case numbers are continuing to decline as Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reports 48 new cases for the city Dec. 29.

Sixty-four cases were reported yesterday (Dec. 28) by OPH, with the number of active cases also falling to 446 from 472 from Monday to Tuesday.

Ottawa’s total case count is now at 9,802. There are no new deaths being reported in the city. 

The number of resolved cases now stands at 8,964. There are currently 10 people in hospital Tuesday, with one in intensive care. 

Two new outbreaks were declared at healthcare institutions, bringing the total to 19. One new outbreak was declared at an educational and childcare institution, bringing that total to four. There are no new outbreaks in the community, keeping the total at four.

According to Tuesday’s report from the Ontario government, the province has recorded 2,553 new daily cases, the most ever recorded in one day. A 32 per cent increase since yesterday when 1,939 cases were reported.

It also means Ontario has a 9.7 per cent positivity rate on Tuesday. 

The last time Ontario reported a record-breaking daily number like this was on December 23 when 2,408 cases were reported.

This brings the province’s total case count since the pandemic started to 175,908.

The number of deaths province-wide, however, are up to 41, bringing the total death toll to 4,455.

The last time deaths were recorded in the 40s was on Christmas Day with 43.

Although, 11 less people are in hospital, which brings the total down to 864. There are 304 people in the ICU (an increase of eight), 207 of which are on a ventilator (four less).

As of Tuesday, 2,233 more cases have resolved, bringing the total number of cleared cases since the pandemic started to 151,562.

That means slightly over 86 per cent of cases have resolved.

Since Monday, 34,112 tests have been completed by the province — almost a 14 per cent decline since Monday when 39,565 tests were completed.