Key figures for COVID-19 in the Ottawa area today

  • Ottawa hospitalizations, sewage was more stable this week.
  • A man in his 60s with COVID-19 from Ottawa has died.
  • Renfrew County sets local record for hospitalizations for COVID-19.

Today’s Ottawa Update

There are 57 Ottawa residents in local hospitals for treatment of active COVID-19, according to Thursday’s update from Ottawa Public Health (OPH). This number has been around 60 in recent days after a period of steady growth.

Eight of these patients are in intensive care. This figure has also been generally stable.

These hospital figures do not include people who came to the hospital for other reasons and then tested positive for COVID-19. They also do not cover people with persistent COVID-19 problems or patients transferred from other health units.

Hospitals are also facing increasing spread as staff shortages reduce capacity and the number of hospital outbreaks rises.

The average level of coronavirus in Ottawa’s wastewater, which is not based on COVID-19 testing, reached its highest level on record earlier this week. There are now signs that he may have reached a plateau.

Researchers measuring levels of the novel coronavirus in Ottawa’s sewage have recorded a drop in levels from earlier this week. It will take longer to determine if this is a trend. (613covid.ca)

The number of cases has reached record highs in many places this winter – and as the spread of the Omicron variant overwhelms and limits testing, the actual number of cases in Ottawa is many times higher.

On Thursday, SPO reported 532 more cases of COVID-19 and the death of a man in his 60s who had COVID-19.

The seven-day rolling average of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases expressed per 100,000 population is around 420, but limited testing capacity makes it less reliable.

Ninety-one per cent of eligible Ottawa residents have at least one dose of vaccine, 84 per cent have at least two and 44 per cent have at least three – although eligibility is extremely limited for children under 18 years old.

PHO’s next vaccine update will be on Friday.

In the whole region

The wider region (with one exception) reports 273 hospitalized COVID-19 patients as of noon ET. Thirty-six of these patients require intensive care. Both figures have increased since the beginning of the week.

Western Quebec, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and now Renfrew County are reporting more COVID-19 hospitalizations than ever before. Renfrew County reported 14 such patients in its weekly update Thursday, up from nine last week.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is that exception, reporting all COVID-19 patients in its hospitals, regardless of their reason for admission or whether they are local residents.

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