Ottawa adds 79 COVID-19 cases to mark 1 year of the coronavirus pandemic

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 79 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, one year after the first case of the novel coronavirus was confirmed in the city.

The city has seen 15,338 cases of COVID-19 since March 11, 2020, when health officials announced a man in his 40s had tested positive for the virus after returning from a trip to Austria.

That day coincided with the World Health Organization declaring the novel coronavirus a global pandemic. Thursday, flags at Ottawa City Hall are lowered to half-mast as part of a national day of mourning for those lost to the disease.

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There have been 446 deaths related to COVID-19 in Ottawa, with none reported in the past 24 hours.

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The number of active COVID-19 cases locally is up to 530 as of Thursday.

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The city’s coronavirus incidence rate is also back up to 36.8 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 35.6 cases on Wednesday. A rate of 40 infections per 100,000 residents is one of the indicators that would warrant a shift into the red-control zone on Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening framework.

There are currently 28 people in hospital with COVID-19, three of whom are in the intensive care unit.

Three new coronavirus outbreaks were added to OPH’s COVID-19 dashboard on Thursday. There are currently 31 ongoing outbreaks in Ottawa.

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