Key COVID-19 numbers in the Ottawa area today

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Someone skates the northern end of the Rideau Canal Skateway in downtown Ottawa on opening day Friday. Skate rentals and food sales are back this pandemic season, with masks required in line. Changing facilities and fire pits are still not open. (Christian Milette/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Someone skates the northern end of the Rideau Canal Skateway in downtown Ottawa on opening day Friday. Skate rentals and food sales are back this pandemic season, with masks required in line. Changing facilities and fire pits are still not open. (Christian Milette/Radio-Canada - image credit)
  • Ottawa's COVID-19 hospitalizations are stable.

  • Fewer Ottawans are getting third vaccine doses compared to last week.

  • COVID deaths reported in Hastings Prince Edward, Ottawa and Renfrew County.

Today's Ottawa update

There are 61 Ottawa residents in local hospitals for treatment of active COVID-19, according to the Friday update from Ottawa Public Health (OPH). That count has remained around 60 this week.

Eight of these patients are in an ICU. That figure has also been stable.

These hospital numbers do not include people who came to the hospital for other reasons and then test positive for COVID-19. They also don't cover people with lingering COVID-19 problems, or patients transferred from other health units.

Hospitals are also challenged by rising spread because staffing shortages lower their capacity. The number of hospital outbreaks grows to 28.

The average level of coronavirus in Ottawa's wastewater, which doesn't rely on COVID-19 testing, reached its highest point on record at the start of this week. The last day of data available is now Monday after a data adjustment.

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The case count has surged to record levels in many places this winter — and as the Omicron variant's spread overwhelms and limits testing, the actual number of cases in Ottawa is many times higher.

On Friday, OPH reported 431 more COVID-19 cases and the deaths of one person in their 70s and a person in their 80s who had COVID-19.

Of the approximately 12,000 COVID-19 tests conducted outside long-term care homes from Jan. 7 to 13, about 26 per cent were positive. That's down from record levels earlier this month.

The rolling seven-day average of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases expressed per 100,000 residents is around 385, but limited testing capacity makes it less reliable.

Vaccines

901,196: The number of Ottawa residents age five and up with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, about 1,500 more than the last update on Wednesday. That's 91 per cent of the eligible population.

832,182 The number of Ottawa residents age five and up with at least two doses, about 2,750 more than Wednesday. That's 84 per cent of the eligible population.

454,569: The number of Ottawa residents with a third dose, about 17,000 since Wednesday. That's 46 per cent of residents age five and up — though eligibility is extremely limited for children under 18 and about 900 have had their third.

51,016: The number of children in Ottawa age five to 11 who have received their first dose of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, 65 per cent of that age group. About 8,300, or 11 per cent, have two doses.

Across the region

The wider region (with one exception) reports 300 COVID-19 hospital patients. Thirty-six of those patients need intensive care. Both numbers have increased since the start of the week, led by western Quebec and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU).

Those two areas and Renfrew County reported more COVID-19 hospitalizations than ever before this week. The EOHU reported 65 in hospital and eight in ICU Friday, each count one fewer than Thursday's record.

Renfrew County reported its 17th COVID-19 death Friday.

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties reported 24 COVID-19 hospitalizations, up from 18 on Thursday. It is also now sharing wastewater information that suggests a general decline starting late last week.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is the exception mentioned above, reporting all COVID-19 patients in its hospitals regardless of their reason for admittance, or whether they are local residents. It listed 36 patients, eight in an ICU, on Friday along with its 24th COVID death.

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