COVID-19 hospitalizations jump in Ottawa amid 54 new coronavirus cases

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 in Ottawa jumped up Tuesday, according to the local public unit’s latest daily report on the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Ottawa Public Health reported 54 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, raising the city’s total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 14,824. The number of active COVID-19 cases sits at 501 as of Tuesday.

The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in Ottawa rose to 55.7 cases per day on Tuesday, up from 52.7 the day before.

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One additional person has died in connection with the virus in the past 24 hours, putting the local COVID-19 death toll at 441.

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No new coronavirus outbreaks were declared in the past 24 hours, according to OPH’s dashboard, with the number of ongoing outbreaks standing at 34.

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There are now 27 people in hospital with COVID-19, OPH reports, with six people now in the intensive care unit. That’s up from 21 people hospitalized with the virus as of Monday.

OPH’s COVID-19 dashboard shows 97 per cent of acute care beds are currently occupied across Ottawa’s health-care system, with 70 per cent of ICU beds now filled.

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Ottawa’s COVID-19 incidence rate rose to 37 cases per 100,000 people as of Tuesday, nearing the 40-plus threshold to shift the city into the red-control zone on the province’s colour-coded reopening framework.

Other indicators, however, such as the coronavirus positivity rate, remain low. Ottawa’s positivity rate remains at 1.7 per cent in the most recent reporting period, with a rate of 2.5 per cent or higher warranting a tightening of restrictions.

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The city’s R number, which relates to the number of additional people testing positive in connection with the average COVID-19 case, has continued to fluctuate above and below one in recent days. A value higher than 1.2 marks the threshold for the red zone.

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