- Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in Ottawa show a slight increase.
- Six deaths reported on Saturday.
- Fewer Ottawans are receiving a third dose of vaccine compared to last week.
- COVID deaths reported in Hastings Prince Edward, Ottawa and Renfrew County.
Today’s Ottawa Update
There are 67 Ottawa residents in local hospitals for treatment of active COVID-19, according to Saturday’s update from Ottawa Public Health (OPH).
That number had hovered around 60 earlier this week. Nine of those patients are in intensive care, a number that has remained stable.
These hospital figures do not include people who came to the hospital for other reasons and later 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 understaffing reduces capacity. The number of hospital outbreaks is currently 28.
The average level of coronavirus in Ottawa’s sewage, which is not dependent on COVID-19 testing, reached its highest level on record earlier this week. The last day of data available is now Monday after a data adjustment.
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 Saturday, OPH reported another 469 cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of six people.
Of the approximately 12,000 COVID-19 tests performed outside long-term care homes from January 7 to 13, about 26% were positive. That’s down from record highs at the start of the month.
The seven-day rolling average of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases expressed per 100,000 population is around 346, but limited testing capacity makes this measure less reliable.
901 196: The number of Ottawa residents aged five and older with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, about 1,500 more than the last update on Wednesday. This represents 91% of the eligible population.
832 182 The number of Ottawa residents aged five and older with at least two doses, up about 2,750 from Wednesday. This represents 84% of the eligible population.
454,569: The number of Ottawa residents with a third dose, about 17,000 since Wednesday. This represents 46% of residents aged five and over – although eligibility is extremely limited for children under 18 and around 900 have had their third.
51,016: The number of children in Ottawa between the ages of 5 and 11 who received their first dose of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, or 65% of that age group. About 8,300, or 11%, receive two doses.
In the whole region
The wider region (with one exception) reports 300 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Thirty-six of these patients require intensive care. Both numbers have risen since the start of the week, led by Western Quebec and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU).
These two areas and Renfrew County reported more COVID-19 hospitalizations than ever before this week. The EOHU reported 65 in hospital and eight in intensive care on Friday, each one less than Thursday’s record.
Renfrew County reported its 17th death from COVID-19 on Friday.
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties reported 24 hospitalizations for COVID-19, up from 18 on Thursday. He is also now sharing sewage information that suggests a general decline from the end of last week.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is the exception mentioned above, reporting all COVID-19 patients in its hospitals, regardless of their reason for admission or whether they are local residents. It listed 36 patients, eight in an intensive care unit, on Friday, as well as its 24th death from COVID.