Eighth straight day of more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health is reporting an eighth straight day with triple-digit COVID-19 case counts in Ottawa.

A total of 116 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ottawa on Thursday, along with two new deaths linked to the virus.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa on March 11, 2020, there have been 17,410 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 466 deaths.

Ottawa's COVID-19 incidence rate increased on Thursday to 92.3 cases per 100,000 people.

The 116 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday follows 117 cases on Wednesday and 112 cases on Tuesday.

Across Ontario, there are 2,557 new cases of novel coronavirus.Health officials reported 743 new cases in Toronto, 484 cases in Peel Region and 311 new cases in York Region.

Public Health Ontario reported 133 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday. There is sometimes a discrepancy in case totals between Public Health Ontario and Ottawa Public Health based on when the data is collected.

OTTAWA'S KEY COVID-19 STATISTICS

Ottawa is in "Red-Control" status under Ontario's COVID-19 framework.

Ottawa Public Health data:

  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (March 24-30): 92.3
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 5.9 per cent (March 23-29)
  • Reproduction number: 1.11 (seven day average)

Reproduction values greater than 1 indicate the virus is spreading and each case infects more than one contact. If it is less than 1, it means spread is slowing.

The red-control threshold is a weekly incidence rate of 40 or more cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of 2.5 per cent or higher and a reproduction number of 1.2 or more.

The orange-restrict category of Ontario's COVID-19 framework includes a weekly rate of cases per 100,000 between 25 to 39.9, a percent positivity of 1.3 to 2.4 per cent, and a reproduction number of approximately 1 to 1.1.  

VACCINES IN OTTAWA

As of March 31:

  • First vaccine doses administered: 113,438
  • Second vaccine doses administered: 26,531
  • Total doses received: 176,410

OPH says the city received a shipment of 36,270 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on March 29.

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HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA

There are 40 people in Ottawa-area hospitals with COVID-19 related illnesses.

Thirteen people are in the intensive care unit.

Of the people in hospital, one person is in their 20s, two are in their 30s, one is in their 40s, ten are in their 50s (five are in the ICU), nine are in their 60s (four are in the ICU), six are in their 70s (four are in the ICU), 10 are in their 80s and one is 90 or older.

ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 1,263 active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday, up from 1,233 cases on Wednesday.

Eighty-four more Ottawa residents have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. Ottawa Public Health reports 15,681 resolved cases of COVID-19 in the capital.

The number of active cases is the number of total cases of COVID-19 minus the numbers of resolved cases and deaths. A case is considered resolved 14 days after known symptom onset or positive test result.

COVID-19 CASES IN OTTAWA BY AGE CATEGORY

  • 0-9 years old: 12 new cases (1,338 total cases)
  • 10-19 years-old: 15 new cases (2,239 total cases)
  • 20-29 years-old: 31 new cases (3,822 total cases)
  • 30-39 years-old: 22 new cases (2,501 total cases)
  • 40-49 years-old: 21 new cases (2,239 total cases)
  • 50-59 years-old: 9 new cases (2,082 total cases)
  • 60-69-years-old: 3 new cases (1,246 total cases)
  • 70-79 years-old: 2 new cases (730 total cases)
  • 80-89 years-old: 1 new case (735 total cases)
  • 90+ years old: 0 new cases (475 total cases)
  • Unknown: 0 new cases (3 cases total)

COVID-19 TESTING IN OTTAWA

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce reports 3,008 swabs were processed at assessment centres in Ottawa on March 30.

A total of 6,297 lab tests were performed in Ottawa on Tuesday.

The average turnaround from the time the swab is taken at a testing site to the result is 29 hours.

COVID-19 CASES ACROSS THE REGION

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 37 new cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health:   30 new cases 
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health: Three new cases 
  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit: Seven new cases
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit:  Two new cases
  • Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 126 new cases 

INSTITUTIONAL OUTBREAKS

Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 35 institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.

There are 10 active community outbreaks: three are in restaurants, two are in services workplaces, one is linked to a private event, one is linked to sports and recreation one is linked to construction, one is linked to a recreational workplace, and one is linked to a retail workplace.

The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. École élémentaire publique Séraphin-Marion (March 14)
  2. St. Luke's Childcare Centre (March 15)
  3. École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité (March 21)
  4. Fallingbrook Community Elementary School (March 23)
  5. École secondaire publique Louis-Riel (March 25)
  6. St. Peter High School (March 26)
  7. St. Gabriel Elementary School (March 29)
  8. St. Leonard Elementary School (March 30) [NEW]

The long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and other spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. Shelter (Jan. 26)
  2. The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus (Feb. 19)
  3. St. Vincent Hospital (March 6)
  4. Extendicare Medex (March 9)
  5. Peter D. Clark LTCH (March 10)
  6. Group Home (March 11)
  7. University of Ottawa Heart Institute (March 12)
  8. Chapel Hill RH (March 13)
  9. The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus (March 13)
  10. St. Patrick's Home (March 14)
  11. St. Vincent Hospital (March 15)
  12. University of Ottawa Heart Institute (March 16)
  13. Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital (March 18)
  14. Portobello Retirement Residence (March 18)
  15. Extendicare West End Villa (March 19)
  16. Shelter (March 21)
  17. University of Ottawa Heart Institute (March 21)
  18. Supported Independent Living (March 23)
  19. Timberwalk Retirement Home (March 24)
  20. Longfields Manor (March 24)
  21. University of Ottawa Heart Institute (March 26)
  22. Jardin Royal Garden (March 27)
  23. Sisters of Charity (March 28)
  24. Landmark Court Retirement Home (March 29)
  25. Hillel Lodge (March 30) [NEW]
  26. Manotick Place Retirement (March 31) [NEW]
  27. Group Home A-11533) (March 31)[NEW]

A single laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident or staff member of a long-term care home, retirement home or shelter triggers an outbreak response, according to Ottawa Public Health. In childcare settings, two children or staff or household member cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within a 14-day period where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the childcare establishment is considered an outbreak in a childcare establishment.

Under provincial guidelines, a COVID-19 outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care).

Two staff or patient cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within a specified hospital unit within a 14-day period where both cases could have reasonably acquired their infection in hospital is considered an outbreak in a public hospital.