Sixteen new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday
OTTAWA -- There are sixteen new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, while no new deaths have been reported for a 15th straight day.
Ottawa Public Health says the large one day increase in new cases is due to a lag in reporting, following a "slight delay" with the data extraction of COVID-19 cases on Friday.
The health unit reported the new cases in its daily update on Saturday afternoon. After reporting two new cases on Friday, there were 16 new cases on Saturday.
Since the first case of COVID-19 on March 11, there have been 2,146 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 263 deaths.
In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health explained the reason for the large one-day spike in new cases.
"As you are aware, the daily figures are extracted from our database at 2 p.m. the day before. Please note there was a slight delay in the data extraction yesterday, and the increase in cases in (Saturday's) report reflect more than a 24-hour period."
One person is currently in hospital with COVID-19 related illnesses.
Recovering from COVID-19
A total of 85 per cent of COVID-19 cases in Ottawa are resolved.
Ottawa Public Health says 1,831 people have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19.
There are currently 52 active COVID-19 cases in Ottawa.
There are four active institutional outbreaks in Ottawa.
On Saturday, OPH reported a new outbreak at Extendicare Medex on Baseline Road, with one resident and one staff member testing positive.
In a statement to CTV News, Extendicare said the employee tested positive Thursday and was asymptomatic.
"There are currently no other staff or residents in the home presenting symptoms, but on Friday we received a positive result from a resident who was tested in hospital, after being transferred there for an unrelated medical issue," Cory Nezan, Regional Director for Extendicare said in an email.
The other three outbreaks are at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre's Rideau Building, the Amica Westboro Park retirement home, and at a home on Mathieu Way used by Bairn Croft Residential Services.