COVID news Ottawa: Stable hospitalizations Wednesday
Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in Ottawa remained stable in Wednesday’s update from Ottawa Public Health.
The local health unit reports 19 residents hospitalized with one active case of COVID-19, unchanged from Tuesday, with one person in intensive care, down from two.
It comes amid a rising sewage signal in the capital. Virus levels detected in the city’s sewage have reached record highs since late March.
Graph depicting the sewage virus signal of COVID-19 in Ottawa. Data last reported on 2022-04-04. (613covid.ca/wastewater/)
OPH hospitalization figures only represent Ottawa residents who are hospitalized with an active case of COVID-19. Local hospitals are reporting higher numbers, which include patients who were admitted for reasons other than COVID-19 but tested positive and patients who are not from Ottawa.
Here is an overview of the number of COVID-19 patients in each hospital:
- The Ottawa Hospital: 42 patients
- Queensway Carleton Hospital: 15 patients
- Montfort Hospital: nine patients
- CHEO: Five patients
OPH data also shows that 97% of acute care beds in Ottawa hospitals were occupied as of April 4, along with 75% of critical care beds. This data includes all patients in the system, not just COVID-19 patients.
OPH reported 192 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city on Wednesday. The daily case count is an underrepresentation of the true level of COVID-19 in the community, as PCR testing in Ontario remains limited to certain high-risk populations.
No new COVID-19-related deaths were reported in the capital on Wednesday. To date, 765 Ottawa residents have died after contracting COVID-19.
Ontario health officials say there are currently 1,074 people hospitalized with COVID-19, down slightly from Tuesday, including 168 patients in intensive care. The province also reported 36 new deaths from COVID-19 during a data cleanup. Of those cases, COVID-19 was the cause of death in 26 people and a contributor in 10. Four previously reported deaths with unknown or missing information have been removed from the province’s total.
Most of the new deaths reported on Wednesday occurred more than a month ago.
KEY STATISTICS ON COVID-19 IN OTTAWA
- COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (March 29 to April 4): 111.6 (from 110.1)
- Seven-day average positivity rate in the Ottawa community, excluding long-term care homes (April 5): 18.6% (vs. 19.0%)
- Known active cases: 1,535
COVID-19 VACCINES IN OTTAWA
These figures are updated every Monday.
- Ottawa residents with 1 dose (5+): 914,850 (+350)
- Ottawa residents with 2 doses (5+): 877,672 (+721)
- Ottawa residents with 3 doses (12+): 565,552 (+2,370)
- Percentage of the population aged five and over having received at least one dose: 92%
- Share of population five years and older fully vaccinated: 88%
- Proportion of the population aged 12 and over receiving at least three doses: 62%
*Statistics for Ottawa residents who received one or two doses include anyone with an Ottawa postal code who was vaccinated anywhere in Ontario.
AROUND THE REGION
- Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 7 in hospital, 0 in intensive care
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 18 in hospital, 2 in intensive care
- Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: 12 in hospital, 3 in intensive care
- Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit: 5 in hospital, 4 in intensive care
- Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 12 in hospital, 1 in intensive care
- Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 14 in hospital, 1 in intensive care
These numbers are based on the latest data from each respective health unit at the time of publication.
Ottawa Public Health is currently reporting active outbreaks in the following locations:
- 6 long-term care homes
- 5 retirement homes
- 5 hospital units
- 9 other collective facilities (group homes, assisted living, etc.)
OPH no longer reports outbreaks in schools and daycares or community outbreaks, such as those related to local businesses, religious institutions or sports and recreational activities.
A complete list of locations with active outbreaks is available on OPH’s COVID-19 Dashboard.