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Coronavirus: Ottawa surpasses 12K COVID-19 cases, 400 deaths

Ottawa Public Health says there have now been more than 12,000 cases of COVID-19 locally since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Canadian Press / Paul Chiasson

Ottawa is ending the week passing two grim milestones in the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 148 new cases of COVID-19 locally and four new deaths related to the virus on Friday.

The city has now seen 12,027 cases of the coronavirus and 402 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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There are currently 1,261 active cases of the virus in Ottawa, according to OPH’s COVID-19 dashboard.

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The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases per day is now down to 142 from 148 the day before.

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The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive in Ottawa dropped to 4.1 per cent in the past week from 4.5 per cent in the previous period.

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There are 36 people in hospital with COVID-19 locally, 11 of whom are in the intensive care unit.

Four new coronavirus outbreaks were added to OPH’s dashboard on Friday, three of which affect Ottawa child-care centres. There are currently 43 ongoing outbreaks in Ottawa.