Biggest day jump in COVID-19 cases with 50 new cases in Ottawa


Ottawa Public Health reports the largest one-day increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa.

Fifty new cases of new coronavirus were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 194.

Assistant medical officer of health Dr. Brent Moloughney said the jump in 50 new cases on Wednesday was “largely due to the backlog of tests, with the majority of samples taken on or before March 19. “

“They reflect cases that occurred a few weeks ago.”

Three people died in Ottawa from COVID-19.

Twenty-five people who test positive are treated at an Ottawa hospital, including seven in the intensive care unit on Wednesday.

According to Ottawa Public Health, the average age of the 194 cases is 47 years. The youngest case is two years old, while the oldest is 97 years old.

“COVID-19 does not discriminate,” said Ottawa medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches.

“All residents are sensitive to COVID-19. Young people in Ottawa understand this, they are hospitalized. People of all ages should stay at home. Limit contact with people in your household as much as possible. “

Twenty-eight healthcare workers and first responders tested positive for COVID-19. Ottawa Police said two officers tested positive, while an employee of the Ottawa Hospital and CHEO tested positive.

Ottawa Public Health also published a snapshot of the transmission related to the 194 cases.

  • 38 cases related to international travel

  • 4 cases related to domestic travel

  • 28 cases due to contact with a COVID-19 unit only

  • 16 cases have no known travel or contact with a COVID-19 case.

Five outbreaks were reported in retirement homes, long-term care facilities and group homes.

Hatchings had previously been reported at Promenade Retirement Residence, Maplewood Retirement Community, Park Place Retirement Residence and Garden Terrance in Kanata.

Dr. Moloughney announced Wednesday that there are now two cases at the Ottawa-Carleton Association for People with Developmental Disabilities.


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