Key COVID-19 numbers in the Ottawa area today

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Road closure signs and concrete barriers sit on Wellington Street facing Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa. (Michel Aspirot/CBC - image credit)
Road closure signs and concrete barriers sit on Wellington Street facing Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa. (Michel Aspirot/CBC - image credit)
  • Ottawa's pandemic trends are stable or dropping.

  • One more COVID-19 death has been reported in Ottawa.

  • Leeds-Grenville-Lanark, EOHU hospitalizations decline.

Today's Ottawa update

Wastewater

The level of coronavirus detected in Ottawa's wastewater has been very slowly dropping for about 10 days.

The most recent data available (the bold red line in the graph below) shows the seven-day average calculated on May 29 remained about twice what it was in early March, before the current spike.

It's about five times higher than in late autumn before Omicron hit.

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Hospitals

Fourteen Ottawa residents are in local hospitals to be treated for COVID-19, according to Wednesday's OPH update. That number has generally ranged between 10 and 20 for nearly three weeks.

Two of the patients are in intensive care, which is stable.

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 57 patients on Monday, a slight decline from the 60 patients in the previous update.

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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.

At about nine per cent, Ottawa's average positivity rate for those who received PCR tests outside long-term care homes is stable. The average inside the homes is six per cent, which has been slowly dropping.

Ottawa has 20 active COVID outbreaks Wednesday. That number has been slowly dropping, but this is a one-day increase.

On Wednesday, OPH reported 66 more cases, as well as one more death of a resident in their 70s. There have now been a total of 811 COVID deaths reported in Ottawa throughout the pandemic.

The rolling weekly incidence rate of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, expressed per 100,000 residents, sits around 25.

Vaccines

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

The percentage of residents age 12 and above with a third dose is 63 per cent, while 10 per cent of this age group has had four.

Across the region

Wastewater levels in the Kingston area and Leeds, Grenville and Lanark (LGL) counties are generally stable or dropping.

The exception is a recent rise in the Kemptville area, which brings its average back to levels last seen about a month ago.

Measurements elsewhere are at least a week old or not publicly available.

Western Quebec has about 50 COVID hospitalizations, including patients who are no longer considered active cases. Two of those patients require intensive care. Both numbers are stable this week and down from last week.

Eastern Ontario communities outside Ottawa are reporting about 30 COVID-19 hospitalizations, including about five in intensive care. Both numbers are stable.

Neither of those eastern Ontario numbers include Hastings Prince Edward (HPE) Public Health which, like western Quebec, has a different counting method.

LGL's four local COVID hospitalizations Wednesday come after it ranged between five and nine in May. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) dropped to two local COVID hospitalizations.

Vaccines

About 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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