Seven more deaths linked to COVID-19 in Ottawa

OTTAWA — Ottawa Public Health says 97 more people in the city have tested positive for COVID-19 and another seven people have died.

The public health unit’s COVID-19 dashboard now shows 26,600 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 554 resident deaths since the pandemic began.

The seven newly reported deaths come just two days after OPH added six more fatalities on Friday. Forty-seven people in Ottawa have lost their lives to COVID-19 so far this month.

OPH also reported 86 newly resolved cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

Across the province, officials added 1,691 new infections and 2,458 newly resolved cases. Fifteen more Ontarians have died due to COVID-19. Public Health Ontario added 92 new cases of COVID-19 to its total count for Ottawa on Sunday.  Figures from OPH often differ from those provided by Public Health Ontario because the two health agencies pull data for their respective daily reports at different times of day.

On Sunday, the province opened up eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 12 and older through the provincial booking system and at select pharmacies. This comes the same day that Ontario surpassed 8 million total doses administered in the province, with 531,000 people considered fully vaccinated with two. 140,330 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered across Ontario on Saturday.

The number of people in local hospitals with COVID-19 fell on Sunday, as did the weekly per capita incidence rate. The number of active cases increased slightly, but remains below 1,000.

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 13 to 19): 52.9 (down from 57.7)  
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa (May 12 to 20): 5.5 per cent 
  • Reproduction number (seven day average): 0.91

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 21:

  • Ottawa residents with 1 dose: 466,929 
  • Ottawa residents with 2 doses: 36,474 
  • Total doses received in Ottawa*: 483,190 

As of Friday, 55 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 reporting 54 people in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 related illnesses on Sunday, down from 58 people on Saturday.

There are 13 people in intensive care units, down from 14.

Hospitalizations (and ICU admissions) by age category:

  • 0-9: 0
  • 10-19: 1 (1 in ICU)
  • 20-29: 2
  • 30-39: 2
  • 40-49: 6 (2 in ICU)
  • 50-59: 10 (3 in ICU)
  • 60-69: 9 (5 in ICU)
  • 70-79: 10 (1 in ICU)
  • 80-89: 13 (1 in ICU)
  • 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 is below 1,000.

There are 939 active cases in Ottawa on Sunday.

OPH reported that 86 more people recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. The total number of resolved cases of coronavirus in Ottawa is now 25,107.

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: 5,201 (+29)
  • Total B.1.351 (South Africa variant) cases: 231 (+15)
  • Total P.1 (Brazil variant) cases: 22 (+8)
  • Total B.1.617 (India variant): 3
  • Other variant: 1
  • Total variants of concern/mutation cases: 6,126 (+39)
  • Deaths linked to variants/mutations: 54 (+3)

*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: 14 new cases (2,151 total cases)
  • 10-19 years-old: 10 new cases (3,387 total cases)
  • 20-29 years-old: 18 new cases (5,982 total cases)
  • 30-39 years-old: 20 new cases (4,041 total cases)
  • 40-49 years-old: 11 new cases (3,501 total cases)
  • 50-59 years-old: 12 new cases (3,214 total cases)
  • 60-69-years-old: 7 new cases (1,898 total cases)
  • 70-79 years-old: 2 new cases (1,067 total cases)
  • 80-89 years-old: 2 new cases (843 total cases)
  • 90+ years old: 1 new case (513 total cases)
  • Unknown: 0 new cases (3 cases total)  

COVID-19 TESTING IN OTTAWA

The COVID-19 Testing Taskforce reports 869 swabs were processed at assessment centres in Ottawa on May 20 and 1,959 lab tests were performed in Ottawa.

The average turnaround from the time the swab is taken at a testing site to the result is 21 hours.

The next update from the COVID-19 testing task force is due Monday.

31,227 COVID-19 tests were completed across Ontario on Saturday.

COVID-19 CASES ACROSS THE REGION

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 4 new cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health:  5 new cases   
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: 7 new cases
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 1 new cases
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 1 new cases
  • Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 13 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.

The active community outbreaks are: 

  • Workplace – Construction: One outbreak 
  • Workplace – Health: One outbreak
  • Workplace – Restaurant: One outbreak
  • Workplace – Retail: One outbreak
  • Workplace – Services: One outbreak

The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. Little Acorn Early Learning (May 8)
  2. Vanier Cooperative Childcare (May 12) 
  3. Service A L’Enfrance Aldain St-Anne (May 13)
  4. Grandir Ensemble – Licensed Home Daycare (May 14)

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. Montfort Hospital – 3C – (April 27)
  5. Montfort Hospital – single unit: 4A – (April 27)
  6. Montfort Hospital – 5C (May 3)
  7. Group Home A-15690 (May 4)  
  8. Queensway Carleton Hospital – C3 (May 5) 
  9. Villa Marconi (May 10)
  10. The Ottawa Hospital Riverside Campus – Dialysis Unit (May 10) 
  11. Rooming House (A-16432) (May 11) 
  12. The Ottawa Hospital General Campus – Single Unit 5E (May 15) 
  13. Elmsmere Villa Retirement Home (May 17)
  14. Centre D’Accueil Champlain (May 19) 
  15. Valley Stream Retirement Residents – Single Unit 2nd floor (May 21) NEW

 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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