OTTAWA -- The City of Ottawa has seen the largest one day jump of COVID-19 cases.

Fifty-eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ottawa on Thursday.

Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brent Moloughney told reporters the increase is “mainly due to the backlog of tests, with specimens collected on or before March 20 and does not represent a spike in recent cases.”

There are now 252 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including three deaths.

Twenty-three people have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. 

Ottawa Public Health says 24 people who tested positive for COVID-19 are currently in hospital, with seven being treated in the ICU. 

Six per cent of the cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa are linked to community transmission, while 17 per cent of cases are linked to travel.

Ottawa Public Health released a breakdown of the exposures of confirmed COVID-19 cases:

  • Travel only: 42
  • Travel and contact with a case: 12
  • Contact with a case only: 30
  • Undetermined/pending transmission: 152
  • No travel and no known contact with a COVID-19 case: 16

Statistics from Ottawa Public Health show the average age of the 252 cases of novel coronavirus in Ottawa is 48 years old. The youngest case was a two-year-old.

Here is a look at the age breakdown of the COVID-19 cases in Ottawa

  • 20 to 44 years old: 102
  • 45 to 64 years old 99
  • 65 years and older: 38