Ontario reports more than 600 new COVID-19 cases in Ottawa, over 10,000 provincewide

Public Health Ontario is reporting 644 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Wednesday, out of more than 10,000 provincewide.

The figures come with the caveat that changes in the availability of testing in many parts of the province mean case counts are an underestimate of the true number of individuals with COVID-19 in Ontario. Demand for testing has increased significantly with the arrival of the Omicron variant.

A full, local snapshot from Ottawa Public Health is due later today. This story will be updated with those new figures as they come in.

Across the province, Public Health Ontario added 10,436 new cases, a new daily case count record. Three more Ontarians have died due to COVID-19 and 3,832 previously reported cases are now considered resolved.

Ontario’s positivity rate is currently a record 26.9 per cent. The seven-day average is 9,183, up from 3,520 last week and 1,514 two weeks ago.

Health officials reported 1,317 new cases in the Outaouais region of Quebec on Wednesday. There were 13,149 new cases in all of Quebec in Wednesday’s update, a record amount.

CASES BY VACCINATION IN ONTARIO

  • New cases among unvaccinated residents: 1,514 (56.35 per 100,000)
  • New cases among partially vaccinated residents: 425 (61.15 per 100,000)
  • New cases among fully vaccinated residents: 8,221 (72.42 per 100,000)
  • New cases with unknown vaccination status: 276

Right now, there are 726 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 190 in the ICU, according to health minister Christine Elliott. Provincial data on vaccination rates among hospitalized individuals is only available up until Saturday.

(n.b. The rate per 100,000 population is used to compare the total populations of unvaccinated individuals, partially vaccinated, and fully vaccinated individuals against each other, as their respective populations are different. There are more fully vaccinated people in Ontario than there are unvaccinated people in Ontario, so a calculation dividing new cases by the respective populations and then multiplying that figure by 100,000 is used as a comparative measure. Rates per 100,000 are published daily by the Ontario government.)

COVID-19 VACCINES IN OTTAWA

Ottawa Public Health releases vaccine numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

As of Monday:

  • Ottawa residents with 1 dose (5+): 890,361 
  • Ottawa residents with 2 doses (5+): 819,592 
  • Ottawa residents with 3 doses (12+): 243,889 
  • Share or population five and older with at least one dose: 90 per cent
  • Share of population five and older fully vaccinated: 83 per cent

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

COVID-19 TESTING IN OTTAWA

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce says 3,096 swabs were processed at local assessment centres on Monday and labs performed 3,912 tests.

The average turnaround from the time a swab is taken at a testing site to the result is 31 hours.

CASES OF COVID-19 AROUND THE REGION

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 78 new cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 109 new cases
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: 132 new cases
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 95 new cases
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 44 new cases
  • Outaouais: 1,317 new cases

This story will be updated. CTV News Ottawa will have the latest as it becomes available.

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