COVID-19 cases tick back up in Ottawa, hospitals remain free of infections

Temperatures in Ottawa are expected to climb into the 30s on Monday with a potential Humidex value of 40. File photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Ottawa Public Health is reporting a general increase in COVID-19 cases this week while other key indicators in the pandemic remain steady.

The local public health unit added nine new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the highest single-day increase in more than three weeks.

The number of active cases of the virus rose to 34 in the latest report.

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Ottawa’s reproduction number, or R value, which refers to the seven-day average number of secondary infections related to a typical COVID-19 case, continued to rise to an estimated 1.18 as of Thursday. R values of greater than one suggest the spread of the virus is accelerating rather than slowing.

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OPH reported no new deaths related to COVID-19 on Thursday, however, and the city continues to see zero outbreaks or patients in the hospital related to the virus.

Ottawa’s state of emergency under the COVID-19 pandemic ended on Thursday at 12:01 a.m.

The city’s emergency operations centre has shifted into “activated operations,” one level below the emergency status, allowing city staff to retain some flexibility in responding to the pandemic.

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