Ottawa sees spike in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

OTTAWA — Following two straight days of less than 200 cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, Public Health Ontario is reporting 279 new cases of COVID-19 in the capital.

Across Ontario, there are 3,682 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. Public health officials reported 1,131 new cases in Toronto, 507 cases in Peel Region and 436 in York Region. 

The 279 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday follows 181 new cases on Wednesday and 186 new cases on Tuesday.

Ottawa Public Health will provide a full update on the COVID-19 situation in Ottawa at approximately 12 p.m.

COVID-19 TESTING IN OTTAWA

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce reported 1,884 swabs were processed at assessment centres in Ottawa on April 20.

A total of 5,659 lab tests were performed on Tuesday.

The average turnaround from the time the swab is taken at a testing site to the result is 20 hours.

COVID-19 CASES ACROSS THE REGION

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 64 cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: Nine new cases 
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: Eight new cases
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 10 new cases  
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit:  12 new cases

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