Ottawa Public Health reports third straight day of fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases

OTTAWA — Ottawa Public Health is reporting 77 more people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19, marking the third straight day the health unit has reported fewer than 100 new cases.

According to OPH’s COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 26,111 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the first case was confirmed on March 11, 2020. 

One more resident of the city has died of COVID-19, bringing Ottawa’s pandemic death toll to 536 people.

OPH also reported 103 newly resolved cases on Monday.

Across the province, health officials added 2,170 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,953 newly resolved cases. The province also said four more Ontarians have died of COVID-19. Public Health Ontario added 90 new cases to its total for Ottawa on Monday. Figures from OPH often differ from those provided by Public Health Ontario because each health unit pulls data for their respective daily reports at different times of the day.

The number of people in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 decreased in Monday’s report, as did the number of known active cases, the weekly per capita incidence rate and the testing positivity rate.

OTTAWA’S KEY COVID-19 STATISTICS

Ottawa entered Ontario’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order at 12:01 a.m. April 8.

Ottawa Public Health data:

  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (May 9 to 15): 65.0 (down from 69.4) 
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa (May 10 to 16): 5.3 per cent (down from 6.5 per cent May 7-13)
  • Reproduction number (seven day average): 0.97

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

COVID-19 VACCINES IN OTTAWA

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

As of May 17:

  • Ottawa residents with 1 dose: 438,718 (+22,960)
  • Ottawa residents with 2 doses: 30,360 (+595)  
  • Total doses received in Ottawa*: 483,190 (+44,460)

As of Monday, 51 per cent of Ottawa residents 18 and older had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

*Total doses received does not include AstraZeneca doses shipped to pharmacies and primary care clinics.

HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 55 people are in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 related illnesses on Monday, down from 64 on Sunday.

There are 19 people in intensive care units, down from 22.

Hospitalizations (and ICU admissions) by age category:

  • 0-9: 0
  • 10-19: 1
  • 20-29: 1
  • 30-39: 2 (1 in ICU)
  • 40-49: 8 (3 in ICU)
  • 50-59: 15 (7 in ICU)
  • 60-69: 3 (3 in ICU)
  • 70-79: 17 (5 in ICU)
  • 80-89: 7
  • 90+: 1

These data are based on figures from Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, which refer to residents of Ottawa and do not include patient transfers from other regions. 

ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA

The number of people with known active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa continues to decline and is below 1,100.

There are 1,066 active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Monday, down from 1,093 active cases on Sunday.

103 more people have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. The total number of resolved cases of coronavirus in Ottawa is now 24,509.

The number of active cases is the number of total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 minus the numbers of resolved cases and deaths. A case is considered resolved 14 days after known symptom onset or positive test result.

VARIANTS OF CONCERN

Ottawa Public Health data*:

  •  Total B.1.1.7 (UK variant) cases: 4,837 (+21)
  •  Total B.1.351 (South Africa variant) cases: 174
  •  Total P.1 (Brazil variant) cases: 14 
  •  Total B.1.617 (India variant): 3
  •  Other variant: 1
  •  Total variants of concern/mutation cases: 5,711 (+20)
  •  Deaths linked to variants/mutations: 46

*OPH notes that that VOC and mutation trends must be treated with caution due to the varying time required to complete VOC testing and/or genomic analysis following the initial positive test for SARS-CoV-2. Test results may be completed in batches and data corrections or updates can result in changes to case counts that may differ from past reports.

COVID-19 CASES IN OTTAWA BY AGE CATEGORY

  •  0-9 years old: 4 new cases (2,105 total cases)
  •  10-19 years-old: 11 new cases (3,333 total cases)
  •  20-29 years-old: 18 new cases (5,877 total cases)
  •  30-39 years-old: 14 new cases (3,964 total cases)
  •  40-49 years-old: 12 new cases (3,434 total cases)
  •  50-59 years-old: 6 new cases (3,152 total cases)
  •  60-69-years-old: 6 new cases (1,862 total cases)
  •  70-79 years-old: 5 new case (1,043 total cases)
  •  80-89 years-old: 0 new cases (830 total cases)
  •  90+ years old: 1 new case (508 total cases)
  •  Unknown: 0 new cases (3 cases total)  

COVID-19 TESTING IN OTTAWA

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce will provide updated local testing figures this afternoon.

24,498 COVID-19 tests were completed across Ontario on Saturday.

COVID-19 CASES ACROSS THE REGION

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 10 new cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 2 new cases   
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: 10 new cases
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit:  5 new cases
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 7 new cases
  • Outaouais (Gatineau and west Quebec): 19 new cases

INSTITUTIONAL OUTBREAKS

Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.

There is one active community outbreak:

  • Workplace – Retail: One outbreak

The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. Andrew Fleck Children’s Services (Arpil 28) 
  2. Centre Educatif Les Debrouillards (April 29) 
  3. St. Luke’s Childcare Centre (May 1) 
  4. Barrhaven Childcare Centre (May 5) 
  5. Little Alcorn Early Learning (May 8)
  6. Vanier Cooperative Childcare (May 12) 

The long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and other spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. Shelter A-14541 (April 25) 
  2. Shelter A-14574 (April 25) 
  3. Montfort Hospital – 4CR – (April 26)
  4. Chartwell New Edinburgh Square Retirement Home (April 27)
  5. Montfort Hospital – 3C – (April 27)
  6. Montfort Hospital – single unit: 4A – (April 27)
  7. Montfort Hospital – 5C (May 3)
  8. Shelter A-15657 (May 3)
  9. Group Home A-15690 (May 4)  
  10. Queensway Carleton Hospital – C3 (May 5) 
  11. Villa Marconi (May 10)
  12. The Ottawa Hospital Riverside Campus – Dialysis Unit (May 10) 
  13. Rooming House (A-16432) (May 11) 
  14. The Ottawa Hospital General Campus – Single Unit 5E (May 15) 

 As of April 7, two cases of COVID-19 in a resident or staff member of a long-term care home, retirement home with an with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the facility is considered an outbreak in a long-term care home or retirement home. One laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member or resident of other institutions such as shelters, group homes, is considered an outbreak. In childcare settings, two children or staff or household member cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within a 14-day period where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the childcare establishment is considered an outbreak in a childcare establishment.

Under provincial guidelines, a COVID-19 outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care).

Two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in patients and/or staff in a hospital setting with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the hospital is considered an outbreak in a public hospital.

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