OTTAWA -- Ottawa Public Health is reporting 70 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday.

Seventy new cases marks a slight decrease in the number of daily new cases, after 99 cases were reported on Friday by Ottawa Public Health and 93 cases were reported on Thursday.

According to Ottawa Public Health's COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 5,969 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. 

From Oct. 11 to 17 inclusive, Ottawa saw an average of 85 new COVID-19 cases per day, down from an average of 106 cases per day from Oct. 4-10. 

No new deaths were reported on Saturday. The death toll from the pandemic stands at 301 residents. Seventeen people have died from COVID-19 in October.

Across Ontario, there were 805 new cases of COVID-19, following four days of daily case counts in the 700s.


One more person was admitted to an Ottawa hospital with COVID-19 related illnesses on Saturday.

Ottawa Public Health reports 48 people are currently in hospital with COVID-19, including eight in the intensive care unit.

Of the people in hospital:

  • nine are in their 90s or older (0 in ICU);
  • eight are in their 80s (0 in ICU);
  • twelve are in their 70s (3 in ICU);
  • ten are in their 60s (3 in ICU);
  • six are in their 50s (2 in ICU);
  • two are in their 40s (0 in ICU);
  • one is in their 30s (0 in ICU); and
  • there are no people under the age of 30 currently in the hospital or in the ICU.


The number of known active cases of COVID-19 decreased slightly on Saturday.

There are 785 active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, down from 792 active cases on Friday. In the past week, the number of active cases has fallen, overall, from 847 on Oct. 10.

A total of 4,883 people have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19.

The number of active cases is the number of total laboratory-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.


The Ontario government says 44,722 COVID-19 tests were performed provincewide in the past 24 hours. The backlog of tests still under investigation sits at 33,630.

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce reported 1,938 swabs were taken at assessment centres in the city on Oct. 15, and 3,800 lab tests were performed. 1,852 people in Ottawa are still waiting for COVID-19 test results, as of Oct. 15. 


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

  • 0-9 years old: Eight new cases (374 cases total)
  • 10-19 years-old: 13 new cases (632 cases total)
  • 20-29 years-old: 11 new cases (1,306 cases total)
  • 30-39 years-old: Nine new cases (810 cases total)
  • 40-49 years-old: 14 new cases (771 cases total)
  • 50-59 years-old: Six new cases (676 cases total)
  • 60-69-years-old: Six new cases (474 cases total)
  • 70-79 years-old: One new case (305 cases total)
  • 80-89 years-old: Two new cases (368 cases total)
  • 90+ years old: One new case (253 cases total)


The Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported nine new cases of COVID-19 in its region on Saturday, for 411 total cases since the pandemic began.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health reported one new case for a total of 66 cumulative cases.

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health reported four new cases on Saturday for 170 total cases.

The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, for 414 total cases since the pandemic began.

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit reported one new COVID-19 case on Saturday, for a total of 76 cases.

Forty-five new cases were reported in the Outaouais region of Quebec on Saturday, for a total of 2,008 lab-confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic.


Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 74 institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.

New outbreaks were declared at a Children's Village of Ottawa Carleton location, Farley Mowat Public School and the Ottawa Hospital General Campus 6W wing.

The outbreak at École publique Le Transit Le CAP has ended.

There is one active community outbreak at an unidentified workplace.

The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. Abraar Elementary School
  2. Adult High School ESL Childcare Program
  3. Andrew Fleck Children's Services – 2020-10-05
  4. Andrew Fleck Children's Services – 2020-10-06
  5. Andrew Fleck Children's Services – 2020-10-07
  6. Andrew Fleck Children's Services - 2020-10-12
  7. Centre parascholaire Alpha
  8. Children's Village of Ottawa Carleton (4)
  9. Children's Village of Ottawa Carleton (5) [NEW]
  10. Dalhousie Parents Daycare
  11. École élémentaire Catholique Horizon-Jeunesse
  12. École élémentaire Catholique Sainte-Marie
  13. École élémentaire Catholique Saint-Joseph-d'Orléans
  14. École élémentaire publique Seraphin Marion
  15. École secondaire Catholique Franco-Cité
  16. Farley Mowat Public School (NEW)
  17. Garderie Tunney's Daycare
  18. Grandir Ensemble – Pierre Elliott-Trudeau
  19. Kanata Montessori
  20. Matreshka Child Care Centre
  21. Portobello Early Learning Centre
  22. Service A L'Enfance Aladin, St-Anne
  23. St. Jerome Catholic School
  24. St. Joseph High School
  25. St. Luke School
  26. St. Peter High School

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

  1. Association pour intégration sociale d'Ottawa – 2
  2. Association pour intégration sociale d'Ottawa – 3
  3. Association pour intégration sociale d'Ottawa – 4
  4. Association pour intégration sociale d'Ottawa – 6
  5. Association pour intégration sociale d'Ottawa – 7
  6. Bairn Croft Residential Services
  7. Bairn Croft Residential Services - French Hill Residence
  8. Bridlewood Trails
  9. Carlingview Manor
  10. Centre d'accueil Champlain
  11. Christian Horizons 9
  12. Cité Parkway Retirement Residence
  13. Colonel By retirement home
  14. Edinburgh Retirement Home
  15. Emergency Housing West
  16. Garry J. Armstrong
  17. Governor's Walk
  18. Hillel Lodge
  19. Innovative Community Support Services
  20. Jardin Royal Garden
  21. Laurier Manor
  22. Longfields Manor
  23. Madonna Care Community
  24. Manoir Marochel
  25. Montfort Hospital "3e Santé Mental"
  26. Montfort Hospital "4C Med"
  27. New Edinburgh Square Chartwell
  28. The Ottawa Hospital General Campus 5N
  29. The Ottawa Hospital General Campus 6W (NEW)
  30. Perley Rideau Veterans' Health Centre - Gatineau Building
  31. Peter D. Clark
  32. Prince of Wales Manor
  33. The Ravines retirement home
  34. Rideau Place
  35. Rooming House
  36. Royal Ottawa Place long-term care home
  37. Sisters of Charity retirement home
  38. St. Patrick's Home
  39. St. Vincent Hospital 5 North
  40. Starwood
  41. Tamir Foundation
  42. Villa Marconi
  43. Walk of Grace Residential Services
  44. Waterford Retirement Community
  45. West End Villa
  46. Westwood Building 1 retirement home
  47. Wildpine Retirement Home
  48. Windsor Park retirement home

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).