Ontario reports 40 new COVID-19 cases in Ottawa, over 2300 provincewide

OTTAWA — Public Health Ontario is reporting 40 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, on a day when more than 2,300 new infections were confirmed across the province.

Ontario health officials confirmed 2,357 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday along with 27 new deaths. 1,865 recoveries have also been reported.

Updated local figures from Ottawa Public Health are due this afternoon.

Daily updates from Ottawa Public Health have differed from Public Health Ontario’s figures, but the two health agencies remain relatively close in terms of total cases, apart by eight cases on Friday. 

OPH told CTV News by email late last week that a realignment of databases was underway, which was leading to data discrepancies between local and provincial health authorities.

“Given several factors, it is often the case that reported numbers from public health units do not match provincial data during a specific snapshot in time. This is mainly due to time lag.

TESTING

Ontario health officials say 67,207 COVID-19 tests were performed across the province on Friday. There are 78,147 tests that remain under investigation.

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce does not provide local testing updates on weekends. In their most recent update on Friday, the taskforce said 1,753 swabs were taken on Dec. 17 and local labs performed 6,800 tests. 

The next update from the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce will be on Monday, Dec. 21. 

COVID-19 CASES AROUND THE REGION

Public Health Ontario is reporting the following new COVID-19 cases in public health units around eastern Ontario.

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 6 new cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 2 new cases
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: 13 new cases
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 7 new cases
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 0 new cases.

On Friday, the province announced that the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health region would move to the “Orange-Restrict” level of COVID-19 restrictions starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21. 

The Quebec government reported on Saturday 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the Outaouais region, which includes Gatineau.

This is a breaking news story. CTV News will have the latest as it becomes available.

View original article here Source