- Active COVID-19 hospitalizations in Ottawa and outbreaks in Ottawa are declining.
- The sewage rate is stable.
Ottawa update today
The average level of coronavirus in Ottawa’s wastewater has stabilized after about three weeks of declines since the record epidemic peak of the sixth wave in April.
The latest data from May 8 (the bold red line in the chart below) shows that the level is still about six times higher than it was in early March before the current rally.
These records do not reflect the first wave of the pandemic when wastewater was not monitored for traces of the virus.
There were 22 Ottawa residents in local hospitals receiving treatment for active COVID-19 in an update Wednesday for Ottawa Public Health (OPH). One of these patients is in intensive care. Both numbers have been slowly declining.
The hospitalization figures above do not include all patients. For example, they leave patients admitted for other reasons who subsequently test positive for COVID-19, those admitted due to continuing complications of COVID-19, and those transferred from other health units.
When including patients like these, the number was 94 as of Monday. This is a slight decrease after a rally over the weekend. Some hospitals Once again facing recruitment problems.
Examinations, outbreaks and cases
Testing strategies have changed under the infectious Omicron variant, which means that many new COVID-19 cases are not reflected in the current numbers. Public Health only tracks and reports outbreaks that occur in healthcare settings.
Ottawa had 44 active COVID outbreaks on Wednesday. This number has been slowly declining for about two weeks.
On Wednesday, the OPH reported the death of a person with COVID.
The circulating weekly infection rate of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, expressed per 100,000 residents, drops to 65.
At 13 percent, the average positivity rate in Ottawa for those who had polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests outside of long-term care homes was dropping very slowly. The average indoors rose slightly to about 13 percent. The last update was on Monday.
As of Monday’s weekly update, 92 percent of Ottawa residents age five and older have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 89 percent have had at least two.
63 percent of the population 12 years of age and older receive at least three doses and seven percent have four doses.
All over the region
Ontario and Quebec are still in the sixth wave of the pandemic. There are signs of improvement in both governorates.
Sewage levels in the Kingston area, east of Ottawa and in the counties of Leeds, Greenville and Lanark are stable. Other regions have no public data.
Eastern Ontario has one of the highest regional rates of sewage in the province, according to the Science Table. It goes down, though, and is close to the average for the neighboring Peterborough and Muskoka.
Western Quebec has 80 local hospital admissions for COVID-19, including patients who are no longer considered active cases. Four of these patients required intensive care.
Eastern Ontario communities outside Ottawa have reported about 35 hospitalizations due to COVID-19, including about five in intensive care. Both numbers are stable and neither includes Hastings Prince Edward (HPE) Public Health which, like Western Quebec, has a different counting method.
HPE reported a stable of 34 hospitalizations due to COVID on Tuesday — the region only provides updates twice a week — and one of those patients is in intensive care.
More than 5.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people in the Ottawa Gatineau area.
Quebec considers about 78 percent of Ottawa’s residents to have “received appropriate vaccination,” a combination of vaccination and recent infection.
For every health unit in Eastern Ontario, anywhere from 81 to 92 percent of eligible residents have at least two doses of the vaccine, and anywhere from 59 to 71 percent of adults with three doses.