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Nine more COVID-19 deaths bring Ottawa toll to 220

The rate of local infection has been slow, however, Ottawa Public Health says the actual number of infections may be anywhere from five to 30 times the reported number of confirmed cases. 
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Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reporting nine more local deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the city's overall toll to 220.

The majority of local fatalities due to the virus have been in long-term care and retirement residences.

OPH says 17 new cases of the virus were counted in Ottawa on Friday. There have been 1,885 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, to date.

The local rate of resolved cases now sits at 77 per cent.

However, OPH says only a small fraction of residents who have been infected with COVID-19 have been tested and the number of reported confirmed community cases underestimates the actual number of local infections. Information on overall infection rates in Canada are not expected to be available until large studies on COVID-19 antibody presence in blood serum are conducted. 

Based on available information, OPH explains that the actual number of infections may be anywhere from five to 30 times the reported number of confirmed cases. 

There are 44 people in Ottawa hospitals fighting the virus, and 20 institutions dealing with outbreaks.




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