Tue. Oct 26th, 2021

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Ottawa’s death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 600 with Wednesday’s announcement of three new deaths.

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Ottawa Public Health also reported 24 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the city to 30,359 since the pandemic started and 601 deaths.

There are 283 active cases in Ottawa. Of those, seven are in the hospital with COVID, four in intensive care.

During the most recent 24-hour reporting period, 1,917 vaccine doses were administered in Ottawa.

A total of 824,289 Ottawans or 89 percent of those eligible have received at least one vaccination, while 781,027 or 85 percent are fully vaccinated.

In addition, a new outbreak was reported on Wednesday, in which two cases were identified at Hillcrest High School, dating back to October 9th. There are 11 active outbreaks in Ottawa – two in communities and nine in schools or day care centers. Of the latter, six are in primary schools and two in high schools.

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Latest COVID-19 news in Ontario

Ontario reported 306 new COVID-19 cases and 12 new deaths on Wednesday.

Of the new cases where vaccination status is known, 60 percent were among the unvaccinated, while a further four percent had received a shot.

The province also reported 242 patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-related conditions. According to the PHO, 153 patients on them were on intensive care, 102 on ventilators.

Of those in the hospital whose vaccination status has been identified, 69 percent are unvaccinated and eight percent are only partially vaccinated. At ICUs, 76 percent are unvaccinated, while eight percent have only had one shot.

Toronto, with 68 new cases, Windsor-Essex, with 32, and York with 29, were the province’s worst affected regions.

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The new figures bring the province’s total number of cases to 593,020 and the number of deaths to 9,804.

Ottawa had 20 new cases, according to Public Health Ontario, bringing the city’s total to 30,341 since the start of the pandemic. Due to different data collection times, these figures may not match those issued later in the day by Ottawa Public Health.

In other health care units in the metropolitan area, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit saw its confirmed number of cases increase by nine, while Kingstons increased by 10. Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District had two new cases, while Renfrew County reported one.

There are currently 13,940 active cases in the province.

Meanwhile, 29,857 vaccine doses were administered in the province in the 24 hours ending Tuesday night, for a province-wide total of 22,119,312. A total of 10,756,935 residents of Ontario are fully vaccinated.

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Latest COVID-19 news in Quebec

Quebec announced Wednesday that it will postpone its deadline for health care workers to be vaccinated until Nov. 15.

The province had imposed a deadline this Friday for all public and private health workers to be vaccinated or be suspended without pay.

Health Minister Christian Dubé said the potential departure of thousands of health workers poses too great a risk to the province’s health system.

From Monday, Dubé said, all unvaccinated public health workers will be tested for COVID-19 at least three times a week.

The province on Wednesday confirmed 512 new COVID cases and seven new deaths from Wednesday.

The new figures bring the province’s total number of cases to 417,188 since the pandemic began, and its death toll to 11,429. Of the latter, 222 have been in the Outaouais region.

There are 298 COVID patients admitted to Quebec, of which 75 are in intensive care.

The province administered 9,336 vaccine doses in the most recent 24-hour reporting period for a total of 13,043,540 provinces.

-With files from The Canadian Press

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