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Ottawa area athletes compete in the Olympics and empty spots at vaccination clinics: Five stories to watch this week

Empty appointment slots at Ottawa's COVID-19 vaccine clinics, council prepares for a summer break and Ottawa athletes set to take on the world at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at five stories to watch this week.

WATCHING THE COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

All eyes will be on the COVID-19 case numbers this week, following a slight uptick in new cases in Ottawa over the weekend and the move to Step 3.

Ottawa Public Health reported five new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and seven on Sunday, the highest one-day increases in new cases in over a week.

There have been zero patients in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 for the last four days, and ICUs remain empty.

In a special statement on Wednesday, associate medical officer of health Dr. Brent Moloughney said Ottawa Public Health is keeping an eye on hospitalizations as a key measure of whether the virus is reaching more vulnerable populations.

"We will continue to monitor the impact of each step we take which might give COVID-19 more opportunity to spread," said Moloughney. "We know the Delta variant is more transmissible and is giving rise to resurgences in other countries despite high levels of immunization."

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore said last week that he "absolutely" expects to see a rise in COVID-19 cases starting in September.