Tuesday was a bad day for COVID-19 cases in Ottawa. On April 28, the capital city had its largest single-day increase in novel coronavirus cases, with 67 new diagnoses. It was also the deadliest day for the city since the pandemic began, as twelve people died.\nDespite positive signs that the curve is flattening in Canada, Tuesday was a record-breaking day for COVID-19 cases in Ottawa.\nOn April 28, the city announced its biggest jump in the number of cases and deaths since the pandemic began. In one day, 67 new cases were confirmed, and 12 people died.\nOttawa Public Health also confirmed 1,221 total cases of novel coronavirus in the capital. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 71 people have died.\nMany of the people who have died are residents of long-term care homes, many of which have seen significant COVID-19 outbreaks.\nAs of Wednesday morning, long-term care facilities account for 455 of Ottawa’s confirmed cases, and 52 deaths related to the virus.\nHowever, it’s not all bad news.\nOttawa Public Health did confirm that an additional 28 people have now recovered from the respiratory illness, taking the total number of resolved cases to 529.\nThis equates to approximately 43% of the city's total confirmed cases.\nGood evening,Kindly take a few moments to read the latest statement from your Medical Officer of Health (@VeraEtches): https://t.co/yJmowERuak pic.twitter.com/vrHQyW4LaK— Ottawa Public Health (@ottawahealth) April 27, 2020\nIn a statement earlier this week, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health explained that surveillance testing has begun in nine of the city’s long-term care homes.\nThis is part of a provincial directive, that aims to take control of outbreaks in the region’s care facilities.\nEnsuring this is managed is necessary before we can start returning to normal, according to the World Health Organization’s guide.\nAcross the rest of the country, some provinces are already making plans to start reopening.\nDespite having the most cases of COVID-19 in Canada, Quebec Premier Francois Legault confirmed on Tuesday that the region would be restarting their economy next week.\nOver in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, similar plans are being made.\nWhile Doug Ford is yet to make any promises in Ontario, Mayor Jim Watson did promise the Ottawa Farmers' Market would go ahead this summer, no matter what!\nReading that @JimWatsonOttawa is trying to make the farmers markets happen this summer is the best news I could’ve received this morning ☺️👨🏼🌾— Tanya (@tansta_s) April 28, 2020\nDespite Tuesday’s bad COVID-19 news, there’s still plenty of positive signs in the capital city.\nSince April 14, the number of people in intensive care units with the virus has consistently dropped in Ottawa. While there was once 17 people needing around-the-clock care, this has since dropped to just 6 people.\n*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.