Two new deaths from COVID-19 in Ottawa as province hits record hospitalizations

Two more people have died of COVID-19 in Ottawa as the province records its highest number of hospitalizations ever from the virus.

Ottawa Public Health is reporting a slight increase in hospitalizations in Ottawa. The health unit says 61 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 57 on Thursday.

However, local hospitals are reporting a higher number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 than OPH. These figures include patients who are hospitalized for reasons other than COVID-19 but have tested positive.

The two new deaths in Ottawa bring the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the city to 640.

There are eight people in the ICUs in Ottawa on Friday, unchanged from Thursday.

Across Ontario, there are a record 3,814 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 527 in intensive care.

OPH reported 431 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents eligible to receive COVID-19 testing. Due to the limited scope of testing, officials warn that this figure is likely an underrepresentation of the amount of COVID-19 in the community.

The COVID-19 Wastewater Monitoring Project has shown a steady increase in virus signal since the start of the year, but there are signs that the virus signal may have peaked and is leveling off. Current data shows a slight decline since January 5.

To date, OPH has recorded 52,276 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa. Another 1,302 previously confirmed cases are now considered resolved, bringing the number of known active cases down to 5,479.


  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (Jan 6-12): 385.1 (vs. 422.3)

  • Positivity rate in Ottawa (January 7 to January 13): 26.4% (vs. 32.0%)

  • Reproduction number (seven-day average): 0.83 (vs. 0.87)

  • Known active cases: 5,479 (-873)

Reproduction values ​​greater than 1 indicate that the virus is spreading and each case infects more than one contact. If it is less than 1, it means the propagation is slowing down.

The number of known active cases is the number of confirmed cases (based on testing) minus the number of resolved cases and deaths.


There are 61 people in Ottawa hospitals on Friday who are being treated for an active COVID-19 infection, up from 57 on Wednesday.

There are eight people in intensive care, unchanged from Thursday.

Age categories of hospitalized persons:

  • 0-9: 2

  • 10-19: 1 (1 in intensive care)

  • 20-29:1

  • 30-39: 0

  • 40-49: 7 (3 in intensive care)

  • 50-59:6

  • 60-69: 8 (1 in intensive care)

  • 70-79: 17 (2 in intensive care)

  • 80-89: 15 (1 in intensive care)

  • 90+: 4

(Ottawa Public Health is now reporting people hospitalized with an “active” infection)


From Monday:

  • Ottawa residents with 1 dose (5+): 899,678 (+1,259)

  • Ottawa residents with 2 doses (5+): 829,433 (+1,733)

  • Ottawa residents with 3 doses (12+): 437,634 (+18,410)

  • Percentage of the population aged five and over having received at least one dose: 91%

  • Share of population aged five and over fully vaccinated: 84% (+1)

*Statistics for Ottawa residents who received one or two doses include anyone with an Ottawa postal code who was vaccinated anywhere in Ontario.


  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 66 in hospital, 9 in intensive care

  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 36 in hospital, 8 in intensive care

  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: 20 in hospital, 11 in intensive care

  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit: 24 in hospital, 6 in intensive care

  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 7 in hospital, 2 in intensive care

  • Outaouais: 116 hospitalized, 3 in intensive care

These numbers are based on the latest data from each respective health unit at the time of publication.


Ottawa Public Health is currently reporting active outbreaks in the following locations:

  • 21 long-term care homes

  • 42 retirement homes

  • 28 hospital units

  • 54 other collective facilities (group homes, assisted living, etc.)

  • 1 primary school

  • 1 daycare

OPH has suspended reporting of community outbreaks in workplaces etc. from January 2.

A complete list of locations with active outbreaks is available on OPH’s COVID-19 Dashboard.


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