251 more COVID-19 cases in Ottawa Saturday

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A cyclist makes their way through downtown Ottawa on Dec. 17, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Saturday, health officials reported 251 new cases of the virus. (Vincent Yergeau/CBC - image credit)
A cyclist makes their way through downtown Ottawa on Dec. 17, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Saturday, health officials reported 251 new cases of the virus. (Vincent Yergeau/CBC - image credit)
Vincent Yergeau/CBC
Vincent Yergeau/CBC
  • Ottawa reports 251 cases of COVID-19 Saturday.

  • Many key COVID indicators grow quickly.

Today's Ottawa update

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 251 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, one of the highest single-day totals since the spring.

The city has 1,409 known active cases, an increase of 186 since Friday.

Numbers to watch

18: The number of confirmed Omicron variant cases among Ottawa residents. In total, 379 cases are presumed to be the Omicron variant but require further verification.

Ottawa Public Health
Ottawa Public Health

3: Residents age 12 and up who are either unvaccinated or who received their first dose less than two weeks ago are three times more likely to contract COVID-19 than are those who are fully vaccinated, according to data up to Dec. 10.

6.3%: The rate of COVID-19 tests coming back positive. It was 2.1 per cent on Dec. 1.

1.67: The number of people infected by a single COVID-19 case, or R(t). The rate of spread is considered under control when the number is below one and it hasn't been this high since July 2020.

112: The overall weekly incidence rate, a rolling seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases expressed per 100,000 residents. It's the first time the number has crossed into the triple digits since early May.

52: The number of active COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa.

37: The number of those outbreaks in school and child-care settings, including 27 in elementary schools.

3: The number of Ottawa residents currently being treated for COVID-19 in an Ottawa hospital is stable. All are 70 or older.

0: The number of those Ottawa patients in an intensive care unit.

884,898: The number of Ottawa residents born in 2016 or earlier with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That's 89 per cent of the eligible population.

818,722: The number of Ottawa residents born in 2016 or earlier with at least two doses. That's 82 per cent of the eligible population.

120,987: The number of Ottawa residents with a third dose.

40,682: The number of children in Ottawa born between 2010 and 2016 who have received their first dose of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, representing 53 per cent of the population within that age group. About 2,000 got their shot in the last two days.

The Kingston area

468.9: The weekly incidence rate for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health remains the highest on record for any Canadian health unit during the pandemic, according to its medical officer of health.

1,276: The number of active cases in the region.

KFL&A Public Health
KFL&A Public Health

27: The number of KFL&A residents currently being treated for COVID-19 in a local hospital. Fourteen of them are in intensive care.

48: The number of active outbreaks in KFL&A, with 262 active cases linked to them.

Across the region

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