Ottawa breaks record for most COVID-19 cases with 194 on New Year’s Eve

OTTAWA — Ottawa and Ontario have both set new one-day records of new COVID-19 cases on the last day of 2020.

Public Health Ontario reported 194 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday. The previous record for COVID-19 in Ottawa was 183 cases, set back on Oct. 8.

Across Ontario, 3,328 new cases of COVID-19 were reported – a one-day record for Ontario. There are 888 new cases in Toronto, 431 in Peel, 18 in York Region and 257 in Windsor-Essex.

Ottawa Public Health will provide a full snapshot of COVID-19 in Ottawa at approximately 12:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Testing

Public Health Ontario reported 63,900 tests were completed across Ontario over the previous 24 hours leading up to the reporting of Thursday’s COVID-19 case numbers.

In Ottawa, the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce said 1,689 swabs were taken at assessment centres in Ottawa on Dec. 29.  A total 3,949 lab tests were performed in Ottawa.

Ottawa’s positivity rate was 2.5 per cent for the period Dec. 23-29.


  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 58 cases
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: 13 cases
  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit: 10 cases
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: Six cases

This is a developing story. CTV News Ottawa will have the latest as it becomes available. 

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