Key COVID-19 numbers in the Ottawa area today

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Kayaks in many colours are seen from above moored on Dows Lake in Ottawa on May 18, 2021. The boat rental business is closed as part of Ontario's stay-at-home measures, which have been in place nearly six weeks. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press - image credit)
Kayaks in many colours are seen from above moored on Dows Lake in Ottawa on May 18, 2021. The boat rental business is closed as part of Ontario's stay-at-home measures, which have been in place nearly six weeks. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press - image credit)
  • Ottawa is reporting 107 new COVID-19 cases and one more death.

  • COVID-19 testing is down in Ottawa and across the province.

  • The Outaouais is reporting 25 new COVID-19 cases.

Today's Ottawa update

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has confirmed another 107 COVID-19 cases and one more death Wednesday.

The city currently has 1,005 known active cases of COVID-19.

Officials including the mayor and medical officer of health are giving an update at 2 p.m. ET.

Numbers to watch

6%: The rate of COVID-19 tests coming back positive, up from Monday's 5.3 per cent.

0.94: The number of people infected by a single COVID-19 case, or R(t). The spread of the coronavirus is considered under control if that figure is kept below one.

63.2: The weekly incidence rate, a rolling seven-day total of new COVID-19 cases expressed per 100,000 residents.

65: The number of Ottawa residents with COVID-19 in an Ottawa hospital.

20: The number of those patients in an ICU.

1,474: The number of swabs taken at COVID-19 testing sites in Ottawa on May 17, far fewer than the 2,691 taken five weeks earlier, indicative of a general downward trend in testing.

18: As of May 17, the average number of hours from the time a swab is taken in Ottawa to the time the result comes back.

A graph showing coronavirus levels in Ottawa's wastewater, which peaked in early April, steadily declined for about a month and has declined much more slowly in May. This measure gives a different idea of spread because it doesn't rely on testing.
A graph showing coronavirus levels in Ottawa's wastewater, which peaked in early April, steadily declined for about a month and has declined much more slowly in May. This measure gives a different idea of spread because it doesn't rely on testing.(613covid.ca)

451,802: The number of Ottawa residents who have received their first vaccine dose, an increase of about 13,000 since Monday.

43%: The percentage of Ottawa residents who have received at least one vaccine dose.

30,360: The number of Ottawa residents who have received their second vaccine dose, an increase of about 2,600 since Monday.

3%: The percentage of Ottawa residents who have received their second vaccine dose.

Across the region

Public health officials in the Outaouais are reporting 25 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

That region is back under Quebec's red zone rules, with plans to slowly relax restrictions over the next three months.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit reports 28 new cases and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health reports 10 new cases.

Ontario's stay-at-home order has been extended until June 2.