Ottawa Public Health says 10 more people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19, the lowest daily case count reported in the capital since Sept. 1, 2020.
No new deaths were reported for the third day in a row, Tuesday.
Across the province, health officials confirmed 296 new cases of the virus, the lowest daily report since Sept. 17, 2020. Another 645 cases across Ontario are now considered resolved. Public Health Ontario says 15 more Ontarians have died from COVID-19. Public Health Ontario added 11 new cases to its total for Ottawa on Tuesday. Figures from OPH often differ from those provided by Public Health Ontario because the two health agencies pull data for their daily reports at different times of the day.
Only one other case of COVID-19 was reported elsewhere in the region. A single case was added to the total for the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit on Tuesday.
Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard says there have been 27,459 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began and 585 residents have died due to COVID-19.
The weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 population continues to fall and the number of known active cases is at its lowest since late November.
However, the estimated reproduction number, which determines how quickly the virus is spreading, has been on the upswing in recent days. The COVID-19 wastewater monitoring project is also showing a recent rise in viral signal in the city’s sewage. The wastewater signal often starts to rise several days before case counts start to go up.
Speaking on Newstalk 580 CFRA’s “The Morning Rush with Bill Carroll”, Tyson Graber, co-lead investigator in the wastewater monitoring project said they are unsure what might be causing the recent spike.
“We’re back up to levels which we saw in the January wave and we’re trying to confirm this, so we’re re-running samples to make sure this is real. Hopefully, it will go back down again,” he said.
Graber said there isn’t a lot of data to suggest the delta variant has moved into the Ottawa region in great numbers, but it’s a possibility his team is monitoring.
“We haven’t had any strong signals that it’s heard in any great amount but here are hints at it, so we’re following that as well,” he said. “We do know this has arrived in southern Ontario and it’s really just a matter of time before it comes to Ottawa.”
Graber noted that testing numbers have been on the decline in Ottawa, which may lead to lower case counts. He added that there might be “bumps like this” in the wastewater monitoring over the next few weeks.
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