Ottawa surpasses 800 COVID-19 deaths

Ottawa surpassed a grim COVID-19 milestone on Thursday, even as hospitalizations remained at a low for the year.

Two new reported deaths on Thursday pushed the city's toll to 801 residents, according to Ottawa Public Health.

OPH has reported eight COVID-19 deaths in the city since Monday.

The number of residents in hospital because of an active case of COVID-19 remained at nine on Thursday, unchanged from Wednesday. It's the lowest number of hospitalized residents so far this year. One Ottawa resident is in intensive care because of an active case of COVID-19, up from zero on Wednesday.

OPH hospitalization figures only represent Ottawa residents who are in hospital because of an active case of COVID-19. Local hospitals report higher figures, which include patients who were admitted for reasons other than COVID-19 but have tested positive and patients who are not from Ottawa.

Here is a look at how many COVID-19 patients are in each hospital:

  • The Ottawa Hospital: 50 patients
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital: Eight patients
  • Montfort Hospital: 13 patients
  • CHEO: Two patients

OPH reported 76 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. Daily case counts are considered an underrepresentation of the true amount of COVID-19 in the community due to provincial restrictions on who can access a PCR test.

The COVID-19 viral signal in Ottawa’s wastewater continues to decline. The seven-day mean viral signal is at its lowest level since March 23.

Across Ontario, there are 1,207 people in hospital with officials reporting 23 new COVID-19 deaths. 


  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (May 10 to 16): 46.3 (up from 46.1)  
  • Seven-day average of positivity rate in the Ottawa community, excluding long-term care homes (May 17): 9.52 per cent
  • Known active cases: 688 (-24)


Updated May 16.

  • Ottawa residents with 1 dose (5+): 916,525 
  • Ottawa residents with 2 doses (5+): 880,837 
  • Ottawa residents with 3 doses (12+): 576,065 
  • Share of population five and older with at least one dose: 92 per cent
  • Share of population five and older fully vaccinated: 89 per cent
  • Share of population 12 and older with at least three doses: 63 per cent

*Statistics on Ottawa residents with one or more doses include anyone with an Ottawa postal code who was vaccinated anywhere in Ontario.


  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 10 in hospital, 1 in ICU
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 16 in hospital, 2 in ICU
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: 12 in hospital, 2 in ICU
  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit: 9 in hospital, 3 in ICU
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 15 in hospital, 1 in ICU
  • Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 60 in hospital, 2 in ICU

These figures are based on the latest data from each respective health unit at the time of publishing.


Ottawa Public Health is currently reporting active outbreaks in the following locations:

  • 8 long-term care homes
  • 12 retirement homes
  • 8 hospital units
  • 2 other congregate settings (group homes, supported independent living, etc.)

OPH no longer reports outbreaks in schools and childcare settings nor community outbreaks, such as those linked to local businesses, religious institutions, or sports and recreation activities.

A full list of locations with active outbreaks is available on OPH's COVID-19 dashboard.