Ottawa well being officers report 106 COVID-19 instances; Ontario complete reaches 1,117

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19.

Ottawa Public Well being stated Saturday it was now investigating 106 confirmed instances of COVID-19, a rise of 31 since its earlier report on Friday.

There was no additional breakdown supplied aside from a observe that there had been one “institutional outbreak.”

Medical Officer of Well being Dr. Vera Etches has stated it’s seemingly hundreds of Ottawa residents have contracted the virus.

OPH maintains its personal database of confirmed instances, and its numbers could differ from these reported by different sources, together with the Ontario well being ministry.

Ontario officers reported Saturday that the province had reached a doubtful milestone of greater than 1,000 instances of novel coronavirus, with greater than 120 new instances bringing the whole variety of confirmed instances to 1,117.

Usually, statistics for official diagnoses ought to be seen with warning. Testing doesn’t monitor down all instances in a group as a result of the gentle signs most individuals have aren’t distinguishable from widespread colds, and since public well being can’t check giant numbers of individuals.

Regardless of the bounce previous the 1,100 mark, Ontario Medical Officer of Well being Dr. David Williams stated he had anticipated the whole to be even greater.

“I’m a bit of shocked the (enhance) was within the mid-100s,” Williams stated throughout a information convention in Toronto.

Williams stated his workplace had ready for a rise within the “mid-200s” as testing elevated.

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, affiliate chief medical officer of well being, stated 29 per cent of the instances in Ontario had been linked to journey, 10 per cent had been from contact and about 18 per cent had been contracted within the communities.

Yaffe additionally famous the testing system gave the impression to be selecting up pace, with eight,690 investigations nonetheless pending, about 1,300 fewer pending instances than had been reported Friday.

Eight instances have been resolved (successfully cured), unchanged from Friday’s complete, however the variety of deaths rose by one to 19.

The division not offers particulars on the place particular person sufferers are from.

Greater than 43,000 Ontarians have been authorised for testing, with the province reporting that 33,240 of these assessments got here again destructive.

In Quebec, in the meantime, the province reported 2,498 instances as of Saturday, up from 2,021 on Friday. The loss of life toll in Quebec was up 4 to 22.

The Outaouais area now has 26 instances, up from 18 on Friday.

As of Saturday afternoon, the whole variety of confirmed instances introduced by the federal authorities was 5,264, with 59 deaths.

On Saturday night, Ontario launched a brand new measure limiting gatherings to not more than 5 individuals. The earlier restrict had been 50.

Throughout a information convention, Premier Doug Ford stated there may very well be exceptions for some occasions, comparable to 10 for funerals, as much as 50 for child-care amenities taking care of the youngsters of front-line staff and households with greater than 5 individuals.

Ford additionally stated companies and companies concerned in worth gouging in the course of the COVID-19 disaster would face steep fines and potential jail time.

He stated the heads of firms discovered responsible of gouging may face fines of as much as $500,000 and a 12 months in jail. Firms may face fines of as much as $10 million, the premier stated.

“I believe it’s disgusting, how will you reap the benefits of individuals at this important time,” Ford stated.

“I’m coming after them with a vengeance.”

With recordsdata from Postmedia workers

By the numbers:


: Confirmed instances in Ottawa, in keeping with Ottawa Public Well being


: Dying in Ottawa


: Variety of confirmed instances in Ontario


: Variety of instances underneath investigation


: Variety of deaths in Ontario


: Quantity contaminated worldwide, in keeping with the World Well being Group


: Variety of deaths worldwide, in keeping with the WHO