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COVID-19: Ontario sees 966 new cases; 10 staff, clients test positive at Ottawa physical distancing centres

File: Four clients who tested positive for COVID-19 at a city distancing centre for homeless people have have been asked to self-isolate at the Le Patro community centre on Cobourg Street.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario dropped below 1,000 on Monday, with the province reporting 966 new cases Tuesday, compared to 1,023 on Monday.

That includes 253 new cases in Toronto, 223 cases in Peel and 99 in York, all provincial hotspots.

As of Monday night, 727,021 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario.

Since dropping from more than 3,500 cases a day in mid-January, the daily seven-day average has hovered between about 1,000 and 1,100 for the last two or so weeks.

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Meanwhile, four employees, four clients, a security guard and a cleaner have tested positive for COVID-19 at two centres set up in Ottawa for single people to physically distance.

Health officials received confirmation of the positive cases on Feb. 27, according to a memo to councillors from Donna Gray, the general manager of the community and social services department.

The employees, who had all worked at either the Nicholas Street or Dempsey centres between Feb. 19 and Feb. 27, are currently in self-isolation at home, said the memo.

The four clients have been asked to self-isolate at the centre set up for homeless people with COVID-19 at Le Patro community centre on Cobourg Street.

All of the cases except the security guard were uncovered after surveillance testing of staff and clients for COVID-19 was conducted at the Nicholas Street centre on Feb. 26, said the memo.

“Ottawa Public Health has completed infection prevention and control assessments at the Nicholas Street and Dempsey physical distancing centres and has confirmed additional surveillance testing at Dempsey by the end of this week,” said the memo.

The Nicholas street centre continues to be in outbreak status. It is accepting limited referrals for men and women that can be grouped in a separate area within the facility, said the memo.

Meanwhile, the outbreak at the city’s Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home is over, according to another memo from Gray. The facility had four staff with COVID-19, according to Ottawa Public Health.

“We are looking forward to gradually returning to our regular activities in the home, and there will be a phased transition as we move out of outbreak.”

Two other city long-term care centres remain in outbreak: Centre d’accueil Champlain, with one staff testing positive and Peter D. Clark, with two staff with COVID-19.

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