Ontario reports spike in new COVID-19 cases provincewide; steady in Ottawa

OTTAWA — Ontario health officials are reporting 57 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Monday.

The figure comes as Public Health Ontario reports a spike in new cases provincewide. Ontario reported 1,631 new cases on Monday, along with 10 new deaths and 994 newly resolved cases. This is the highest number of new cases reported provincially since early February.

The daily figure for Ottawa is relatively stable compared to past reports.

No new variants of concern were officially confirmed in Ottawa on Monday. To date, Ottawa has seen eight confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant and two confirmed cases of the B.1.351 variant.

An updated local snapshot of COVID-19 from Ottawa Public Health is due later today.

VACCINES IN OTTAWA

As of March 5:

  • Vaccine doses administered in Ottawa (first and second shots): 56,670*
  • COVID-19 doses received (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna): 71,180

The city received a shipment of 9,360 Pfizer doses on Wednesday.

*OPH says staff were able to extract additional doses out of several vials, which were given to residents. In a statement on its dashboard, OPH said, “Vaccine inventory is based on an expected 5 dose per vial supply. Occasionally, an additional dose (6th dose) is successfully extracted and administered to clients.”

COVID-19 TESTING

The Ontario government says 38,063 COVID-19 tests were performed provincewide on Sunday.

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce’s most recent update on Friday said 2,131 swabs were processed at assessment centres in Ottawa on March 4 and 5,826 lab tests were performed in Ottawa.

The average turnaround from the time the swab is taken at an Ottawa testing site to the result is 29 hours.

The next local testing update will be released this afternoon.

COVID-19 CASES ACROSS THE REGION

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 15 new cases
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health: 1 new case
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 1 case removed
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 6 new cases
  • CISSS de l’Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 7 new cases

This story will be updated. CTV News Ottawa will have the latest as it becomes available.

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