COVID-19: Ontario reporting 108 new cases; new case at OC Transpo and in city LTC

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Ottawa Public Health will report its latest figures early Saturday afternoon.

City health officials reported a spike of 36 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the number of cases to 2,794 since the pandemic was declared.

There was one new death reported, bringing that toll to 266.

Six people were hospitalized, none of them in intensive care.

There were 147 active cases in the capital that OPH was aware with 85.2 per cent of cases confirmed since the pandemic began resolved.

On Friday evening, the City of Ottawa reported that an employee at the Garry J. Armstrong Home, a city-run long-term care facility, had tested positive for COVID-19 and was in self-isolation at home.

The home was placed in outbreak and staff are working with public health officials to test all residents and staff for the virus, according to a memo from Donna Gray, general manager of community and social services to city councillors. All indoor and outdoor visits to residents have been cancelled.

A previous outbreak at the Garry J. Armstrong Home ended June 26.

Meanwhile, there was another positive test for an OC Transpo driver announced Friday evening.

A memo to city councillors from transportation general manager John Manconi said another operator had tested positive, bringing the total since Aug. 10 to at least seven.

The operator in question last worked on Aug. 17 and drove both the No. 85 and 55 routes while also taking the O-train to work.

Ottawa public health and OC Transpo are working to reach his circle of contacts on and off the job on Aug. 15-17. Details about the operator’s precise route schedules are available on the transit service’s website.

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