Ottawa surpasses 1,000 coronavirus cases

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Posted April 24, 2020 2:38 pm

Ottawa has officially surpassed 1,000 cases of the novel coronavirus in the city, a grim milestone that comes as Ottawa Public Health reports seven more deaths in the city as of Friday.

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The local health unit has identified 57 new cases of the virus locally in the past day, bringing the total up to 1,034.

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Ottawa’s death toll in relation to the virus now stands at 42.

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Of those deaths, 25 are linked to outbreaks in the city’s long-term care homes.

Ottawa Public Health says there are currently 22 ongoing outbreaks in Ottawa institutions, accounting for more than a quarter of all cases in the city.

The hospitalization rate for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, remains steady at 11 per cent — a key figure in determining whether the city’s coronavirus infection rate has peaked.

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