Key COVID-19 numbers in the Ottawa area today

  • Ottawa Public Healths COVID-19 hospital numbers rise.
  • The level of COVID in Ottawa’s wastewater is falling.
  • Another three Ottawa residents with COVID-19 have died.

Hospitals

There are now 111 Ottawa residents at local hospitals treating active COVID-19, according to Thursday’s update from Ottawa Public Health (OPH). This number has been rising for most of the month.

Seventeen of these patients remain in an intensive care unit.

These hospital numbers can lag as information from hospitals is processed and reported. Using this information, Ottawa set a new hospitalization record with a peak of 140 patients on January 19th.

They also do not include individuals who came to the hospital for other reasons and then tested positive for COVID-19. They also do not cover people with persistent COVID problems or patients transferred from other healthcare devices.

This OPH graph divides the number of patients in local hospitals by category from Monday.

Ottawa Public Health has a new COVID-19 hospital count that expands its scope to show all hospital patients who have tested positive for COVID, including those admitted for other reasons. (Ottawa Public Health)

Hospitals are also being challenged at another level of increasing proliferation because staff shortages are lowering their capacity. There are also 38 hospital outbreaks reported by OPH, which is stable.

Other numbers to see

The average level of coronavirus in Ottawa’s wastewater, which is not dependent on COVID-19 testing, reached its highest point ever earlier in January and is now declining.

Officials now say the Omicron wave appears to have hit the plateau.

Researchers measuring the levels of new coronavirus in Ottawa’s wastewater have found them declining over the past five days. Last day of data here is January 25th. (613covid.ca)

The number of cases rose to record highs in many places this winter – and as the spread of the Omicron variant overwhelms and limits testing, the actual number of cases in Ottawa is many times higher, and some well-known numbers are affected.

On Thursday, OPH 441 reported several COVID-19 cases and three more deaths among people ranging from the 70s to the 90s, some of them may have happened earlier in the month.

The city has reported 55 COVID deaths this month, approaching the 60 reported in May 2021 – the largest number in a month since COVID vaccines were approved.

The rolling seven-day average of recently confirmed COVID-19 cases expressed per 100,000 inhabitants is about 230. Limited test capacity makes this metric less reliable.

The test positivity rate for those who received PCR tests outside long-term nursing homes remains in the range of 20 per cent. There were 8,400 residents tested in the most recent period of one week.

Ninety-one percent of eligible Ottawa residents have had at least one vaccine dose, 85 percent have received two, and 59 percent of adults have had at least three.

Both of these numbers will be updated next time on Friday.

Across the region

Outside of Ottawa, the wider region has about 170 COVID-19 admissions, of which about 30 need intensive care. These figures have been stable and do not include Hastings Prince Edward (HPE) Public Health, which has introduced a different way of reporting.

Renfrew County’s weekly inpatient update has 20 COVID-19 patients, not far from the 22 reported last week, and two patients on intensive care.

Three of eastern Ontario’s six health units have had more COVID deaths in January 2022 than any other month of the pandemic.

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