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Health officials are reporting the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in Ottawa in more than six weeks.

According to Ottawa Public Health's COVID-19 dashboard, 28 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ottawa, which is the lowest number of new cases in a single day since Sept. 20, when 15 new cases were reported.

Ontario is reporting 1,050 cases of #COVID19. Locally, there are 408 new cases in Toronto, 212 in Peel, 86 in Halton, 76 in York Region and 57 in Durham. There are 837 more resolved cases and nearly 25,300 tests completed.

— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) November 3, 2020

However, two new deaths from COVID-19 were also reported on Ottawa on Tuesday.

Across the province, a new one-day record for cases was set with 1,050 new cases. More than 400 were reported in Toronto. 

Ontario health officials earlier reported 34 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa. Figures from the province sometimes differ from the data reported by Ottawa Public Health because several steps are involved in classification and reporting of individuals who are tested and then diagnosed with COVID-19, OPH has said.

The new figures from OPH mean that Ottawa has now seen 7,225 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

With the two new deaths reported Tuesday, the city's death toll from COVID-19 climbed to 330 residents. Both new deaths are linked to outbreaks. There have been 290 outbreak-related deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

TESTING

The province says 25,279 COVID-19 tests were performed across Ontario in the past 24 hours. 20,758 people are still waiting for COVID-19 test results.

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce says 1,573 swabs were taken at assessment centres and care clinics on Nov. 2, and labs performed 1,892 tests. There are 1,797 people waiting for test results in Ottawa as of Nov. 2.

The average turnaround time for a high-priority test on Nov. 2 was 14 hours.

The positivity rate in Ottawa residents for the week of Oct. 21 to 27 was 2.8 per cent.

HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA

The number of people in hospitals in Ottawa with COVID-19 has increased slightly to 52, up from 51 on Monday. Four people remain in intensive care.

Of the people in hospital, one is in their 20s, one is in their 30s, one is in their 40s, two are in their 50s, 12 are in their 60s, 14 are in their 70s, 13 are in their 80s, and eight are 90 or older.

ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA

The number of known active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa fell Tuesday to 718 from 750 on Monday.

OPH reported 58 new recoveries on Tuesday. Of all lab-confirmed cases in Ottawa since the start of the pandemic, 6,177 are considered resolved.

The number of active cases is the number of total lab-confirmed cases minus the numbers of resolved cases and deaths. A case is considered resolved 14 days after known symptom onset or positive test result.

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CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA BY AGE CATEGORY

Here is a breakdown of all known COVID-19 cases in Ottawa by age category:

  • 0-9 years old: Zero new cases (457 cases total)
  • 10-19 years-old: Five new cases (804 cases total)
  • 20-29 years-old: Seven new cases (1,507 cases total)
  • 30-39 years-old: Two cases reassigned (952 cases total)
  • 40-49 years-old: Four new cases (914 cases total)
  • 50-59 years-old: Two new cases (845 cases total)
  • 60-69-years-old: Four new cases (575 cases total)
  • 70-79 years-old: One new case (382 cases total)
  • 80-89 years-old: Four new cases (466 cases total)
  • 90+ years old: Four new cases (323 cases total)

One person whose age was unknown has been assigned. 

COVID-19 CASES AROUND THE REGION

Eleven new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit's region on Tuesday.

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health reported one new case.

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

No new cases were reported by the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit or Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

The Quebec government reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 in the Outaouais region on Tuesday.

INSTITUTIONAL OUTBREAKS

Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 41 institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.

The number of outbreaks has been falling steadily through the latter half of October and into November. Two weeks ago, on Oct. 20, There were 76 active institutional outbreaks in Ottawa.

Two new outbreaks were declared at the Medex long-term care home and the Ravines retirement home. Outbreaks at the French Hill Bairncroft Residential Services location, the Forest Hill long-term care home and the Granite Ridge Care Community have ended.

There are two open community outbreaks at unidentified workplaces.

The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. Académie Providence Seours Antonines School
  2. Children's Village of Ottawa Carleton – Home Daycare (5)
  3. École élémentaire catholique George-Étienne Cartier
  4. École élémentaire catholique Montfort
  5. Foster Farm Daycare
  6. Ottawa Islamic School
  7. St. Bernadette "Petit pas a trois"

The long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and other spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. Alta Vista Manor
  2. Association pour intégration sociale d'Ottawa – 3
  3. Association pour intégration sociale d'Ottawa – 4
  4. Beacon Heights retirement home
  5. Bridlewood Retirement home
  6. Christian Horizons 9
  7. Edinburgh Retirement Home
  8. Extendicare New Orchard Lodge
  9. Garden Terrace
  10. Garry J. Armstrong
  11. Glebe Centre
  12. Heritage Retirement
  13. Hillel Lodge
  14. Hôpital Montfort 4C Med
  15. Innovative Community Support Services
  16. Innovative Community Support Services (Barnwell)
  17. Laurier Manor
  18. Longfields Manor
  19. Lord Lansdowne retirement home
  20. Manoir Marochel
  21. Medex (NEW)
  22. Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre
  23. Park Place
  24. Riverpath Retirement
  25. Robertson House
  26. Rockcliffe Retirement
  27. Sisters of Charity retirement home
  28. St. Patrick's Home
  29. St. Vincent Hospital (5 South)
  30. Starwood
  31. The Ottawa Hospital General Campus 5N
  32. The Ottawa Hospital General Campus 6W
  33. The Ravines (NEW)
  34. West End Villa

A single laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident or staff member of a long-term care home, retirement home or shelter triggers an outbreak response, according to Ottawa Public Health. In childcare settings, a single confirmed, symptomatic case in a staff member, home daycare provider, or child triggers an outbreak.

Under provincial guidelines, a COVID-19 outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care).