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Key COVID-19 numbers in the Ottawa area today

  • Ottawa’s pandemic trends continue to decline.
  • Three more COVID-19 deaths were reported in Ottawa.

Today’s Ottawa update

sewage

Levels of coronavirus detected in Ottawa’s sewage have been slowly declining for about a month since peaking in April. The decline has been more steady over the past two weeks.

Still, the latest available data (the bold red line in the chart below) shows that the seven-day moving average calculated on May 12 remained roughly four times higher than it was in early March, prior to the current surge.

Researchers measuring and sharing the amount of the novel coronavirus in Ottawa’s wastewater reported new pandemic records for daily readings and weekly average in April 2022. The latest data is from May 12. (613covid.ca)

hospitals

Eleven Ottawa residents are in local hospitals to be treated for COVID-19, according to Tuesday’s update from Ottawa Public Health (OPH). That number was 39 two weeks ago and 26 a week ago.

None of these patients are in intensive care.

The above hospitalization figures do not include all patients. For example, they omit patients admitted for other reasons who then tested positive for COVID-19, patients admitted because of ongoing COVID-19 complications, and patients transferred from other healthcare units.

If these categories are included, there were 75 patients on Saturday, similar to mid-April.

Ottawa Public Health has a COVID-19 Hospital Census that shows all hospitalized patients who have tested positive for COVID, including those admitted for other reasons and who live in other areas. On May 14 it was 75. (Ottawa Public Health)

Tests, outbreaks and cases

Testing strategies have changed under the contagious Omicron variant, meaning many COVID-19 cases are not reflected in current numbers. Public health only tracks and reports outbreaks that occur in healthcare settings.

Ottawa has 31 active COVID outbreaks as of Tuesday. That number has been slowly falling for about three weeks.

On Tuesday, OPH reported 34 more cases and three more deaths, bringing the city’s COVID-19 death toll to 797. All three of these victims were in their 80s.

The rolling weekly incidence rate of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, expressed per 100,000 population, drops to around 45.

At 11 percent, Ottawa’s average positivity rate for those who received PCR testing outside of nursing homes is falling, but very slowly. The average in the houses is not available. The next update is expected on Wednesday.

vaccinations

According to Monday’s weekly update, 92 percent of Ottawa residents aged five and older have at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 89 percent have at least two.

Sixty-three percent of residents age 12 and older have at least three cans, and eight percent have four.

across the region

sewage

Ontario and Quebec remain in the sixth wave of the pandemic. Both provinces are showing signs of improvement and Quebec has lifted most mask rules.

Sewage levels in Kingston are slowly falling and sites in counties Leeds, Grenville and Lanark (LGL) and east of Ottawa are stable. Measurements from west Kingston are a week old, while other areas lack publicly available data.

According to the science table, the regional wastewater average in eastern Ontario is falling.

Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Chart shows coronavirus sewage data from 103 locations across the province. This is the average level for locations in eastern Ontario; The dot at the end of the line represents the best estimate of where the average is trending. (Scientific Advisory Chart on COVID-19 in Ontario)

hospitalizations

Western Quebec has 65 COVID hospitalizations, including patients no longer considered active cases. One of these patients requires intensive care treatment.

Eastern Ontario communities outside of Ottawa are reporting about 45 COVID-19 hospitalizations, including about five in intensive care units. Neither includes Hastings Prince Edward (HPE) Public Health, which like western Quebec has a different counting method.

vaccinations

More than 5.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given to people in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

Quebec considers about 78 percent of Outaouais residents to be “adequately vaccinated,” which may be a combination of vaccination and recent infection.

In each of eastern Ontario’s health units, there are between 81 and 92 percent of eligible residents with at least two doses of vaccine and between 59 and 71 percent of adults with three doses.

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