Ontario confirmed its first case of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19 on Saturday, adding to the three South African variant cases and hundreds of cases of the U.K. variant already reported in the province.

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Bruce Deachman

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Feb 13, 2021  •  7 hours ago  •  3 minute read

File: People wear face masks as they walk along a street Photo by Graham Hughes /THE CANADIAN PRESS Ottawa Public Health reported 46 new cases and three new deaths on Saturday.

Thirteen people were in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19, including three in intensive care.

There have so far been 13,903 confirmed cases in Ottawa and 432 deaths.

There were 420 active cases in the city, and 13,051 resolved.

OPH reported no new outbreaks on Saturday.

However, the city on Saturday confirmed a new COVID-19 case among staff at Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home.

According to OPH’s online dashboard, the home, located on Porter Island in the Rideau River, has been in outbreak mode since Feb. 3, with two confirmed staff cases.

It’s the sixth time that the city-operated home has experienced a COVID outbreak. During those outbreaks, one resident and 21 staff members have tested positive. There have been no deaths associated with the outbreaks.

The Saturday OPH report noted there were 30 ongoing outbreaks in the city: 18 in health care institutions, seven in childcare venues and schools and five community outbreaks.

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According to OPH’s COVID-19 dashboard, 38,030 vaccinations have been administered. As of Feb. 11, 96.5 per cent of long-term care home residents in Ottawa have received a first vaccination, while 91 per cent have received their second.

Province

Ontario confirmed its first case of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19 on Saturday, adding to three South African variant cases and hundreds of cases of the U.K. variant already reported in the province.

Overall, Ontario reported 1,300 new COVID-19 cases Saturday and 19 new deaths, bringing the province’s totals to 284,887 and 6,651, respectively.

Ottawa Public Health, according to the province’s tallies up to Friday afternoon, reported 29 new cases, for a total of 13,893.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit confirmed 10 new cases, while Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington confirmed seven new cases. Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District reported one, while none were reported in Renfrew County and District.

Additionally, 22 new cases on the U.K. variant were reported in Ontario, raising that total to 297. No new cases of the South African variant were reported. That strain has been reported in three people so far.

Meanwhile, 786 people in Ontario were hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 23 over the previous day. Of those, 287 were in intensive care, including 203 on ventilators.

There have been 265,893 resolved COVID cases in Ontario, an increase of 1,434 over Friday’s reported totals.

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Toronto Public Health reported a case of an unspecified COVID-19 variant had surfaced in a city homeless shelter.

Officials provided few details about the case, which was identified at a city-funded shelter run by the Salvation Army.

There were eight active cases at the facility, but only one case involved the variant.

Officials did not specify whether a shelter user or staff member had tested positive for the variant.

Quebec

Quebec reported 1,049 new cases on Saturday, while the province’s death toll increased by 28 to 10,201.

The 28 additional deaths represents five reported in the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. Friday, plus 21 that occurred between Feb. 6 and 11 and seven newly reported deaths that occurred before Feb. 6.

Five deaths previously reported as COVID-19-related were removed from that list in the latest report.

The number of people hospitalized decreased by 37 to 812, while 130 were in intensive care, a drop of seven from Friday’s report.

Eighteen new cases were reported in the Outaouais on Saturday, bringing the regional total to 6,014. There have been 157 COVID-related deaths in the Outaouais.
Overall, there have been 275,880 cases in the province.

Meanwhile, police fined five people a total of $7,500 for breaking the province’s quarantine regulations in a get-together in Val-des-Monts.

National

All 10 provinces have now confirmed cases of COVID-19’s U.K. variant.

Officials in Prince Edward Island said Saturday that a previously reported case of COVID-19 had been caused by the variant.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said the case involved a man in his 20s with a history of international travel.

The case was first identified on Feb. 4 and the individual was in self-isolation.

-With files from The Canadian Press

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