Ottawa sees highest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases in a week

OTTAWA — Public Health Ontario is reporting 64 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday, the highest one-day increase in new cases in a week.

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the first case of novel coronavirus announced in the capital.

Across Ontario, there are 1,092 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Health officials reported 293 cases in Toronto, 199 in Peel Region and 79 in York Region.

In Ottawa, the 64 new cases of coronavirus follows 52 new cases on Wednesday, 40 new cases on Tuesday, 57 cases on Monday and 56 cases on Sunday.

The 64 new cases is the highest one-day increase in cases since 80 new cases on March 4.

COVID-19 VARIANTS

Public Health Ontario reports a ninth confirmed case of the COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom in Ottawa.

There are two cases of the coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa.

Public health says there are 119 variants of concern under investigation in Ottawa.

COVID-19 TESTING IN OTTAWA

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce reports 2,386 swabs were processed at assessment centres in Ottawa on March 9.

A total of 5,383 lab tests were performed in Ottawa on Tuesday.

The average turnaround from the time the swab is taken at a testing site in Ottawa to the result is 25 hours.

COVID-19 CASES ACROSS THE REGION

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 18 new cases
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health: One new case
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 8 new cases
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 2 new cases

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