Key COVID-19 numbers in the Ottawa area today

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People walk on the pathway between the Château Laurier and Rideau Canal's northern end in Ottawa in late spring 2022. The Ottawa River and Gatineau, Que., are in the background. (Ian Black/CBC - image credit)
People walk on the pathway between the Château Laurier and Rideau Canal's northern end in Ottawa in late spring 2022. The Ottawa River and Gatineau, Que., are in the background. (Ian Black/CBC - image credit)
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Ian Black/CBC

Today's Ottawa update

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) said Friday it's changing to two COVID-19 updates a week: on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Wastewater

The level of coronavirus detected in Ottawa's wastewater has been very slowly dropping for about three weeks.

The most recent data available (the bold red line in the graph below) shows the seven-day average calculated on June 7 remained slightly higher than what it was in early March, before the most recent spike.

It's about four-and-a-half times higher than in late autumn before Omicron hit.

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OPH considers this to be a moderate level and hospitalizations, test positivity and outbreaks to be low.

Hospitals

Eleven Ottawa residents are in local hospitals for treatment for COVID-19, according to Friday's OPH update. That number has generally ranged between 10 and 20 for nearly a month.

Zero patients are in intensive care.

The hospitalization figures above don't include all patients. For example, they leave out patients admitted for other reasons who then test positive for COVID-19, those admitted for lingering COVID-19 complications, and those transferred from other health units.

When those categories are included, there were 26 patients on Wednesday. That number has been dropping.

Ottawa Public Health
Ottawa Public Health

Tests, outbreaks and cases

Testing strategies have changed under the contagious Omicron variant, which means many COVID-19 cases aren't reflected in current counts. Public health only tracks and reports outbreaks that occur in health-care settings.

Ottawa's average positivity rate for those who received PCR tests outside long-term care homes is about nine per cent, which is stable. The average inside those homes has been rising and was unavailable Friday.

The capital has 17 active COVID outbreaks, which has been very slowly dropping.

On Friday, OPH reported 44 more cases and two more deaths. One of the victims was in their 70s, the other aged 90 or older. Ottawa has had 206 people with COVID die in 2022 and 816 of these deaths overall.

The rolling weekly incidence rate of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, expressed per 100,000 residents, sits around 30.

Vaccines

As of Monday's weekly update, 92 per cent of Ottawa residents age five and up had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 89 per cent had at least two.

Sixty-three per cent of Ottawans age 12 and above had at least three doses and 11 per cent had four.

Across the region

Wastewater levels are stable or dropping in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark county sites. The Kemptville site, which rose at the end of May, reported a one-day drop in its most recent update.

These averages are slowly rising in Kingston this month — still far from the levels seen earlier in the spring.

Data from other parts of the region is either at least a week old, or not publicly available.

Eastern Ontario communities outside Ottawa are reporting about 15 COVID-19 hospitalizations, including two in intensive care.

Neither includes Hastings Prince Edward (HPE) Public Health, which has a different counting method. Its hospital count is low and stable.

Western Quebec has about 50 COVID hospitalizations, including those no longer considered an active case. That's also stable. One patient requires intensive care.

Vaccines

More than 5.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to people in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

Quebec considers about 78 per cent of Outaouais residents to be "adequately vaccinated," which can be a combination of vaccination and recent infection.

For each of the eastern Ontario health units, there are anywhere from 81 to 92 per cent of eligible residents with at least two vaccine doses, and anywhere from 59 to 71 per cent of adults with three doses.

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