Ottawa sees fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases for first time since March

Ottawa Public Health says 94 more people in the city have tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first time fewer than 100 new cases were reported in a single day since March.

The new figure brings the city's pandemic total to 24,751 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The last time Ottawa Public Health reported fewer than 100 daily cases of COVID-19 was on March 24, when it reported 80 new cases. Cases climbed dramatically in early April, peaked at 370 daily cases on April 11 and 15, and then began to decline.

However, five more people in Ottawa have died from the virus. To date, 515 residents have died during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the province, health officials reported 2,791 new cases of COVID-19. It's the first time the province has seen fewer than 3,000 cases since early April.

Ontario also recorded 3,323 newly resolved cases. Twenty five more Ontarians have died of COVID-19. Public Health Ontario reported 112 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa. Figures from OPH often differ from those from Public Health Ontario because the two health units pull data for their respective daily reports at different times of day.

OPH also reported 225 newly resolved cases, knocking the number of active cases of COVID-19 to below 1,800.

More than 100 people remain in hospital with COVID-19 complications, more than a quarter of whom are in the ICU.

OTTAWA'S KEY COVID-19 STATISTICS

Ottawa entered Ontario's COVID-19 stay-at-home order at 12:01 a.m. April 8.

Ottawa Public Health data:

  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (April 25-May 1): 109.7 (down from 110.7)
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 7.0 per cent (April 26 – May 2) (unchanged)
  • Reproduction number (seven day average): 0.97 (unchanged)

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.

VACCINES IN OTTAWA

Ottawa Public Health updates vaccine numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

As of May 3:

  • Ottawa residents with 1 dose: 340,121
  • Ottawa residents with 2 doses: 27,465 
  • Total doses received in Ottawa*: 328,530

As of Monday, 40 per cent of Ottawa residents 18 and older had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

*Total doses received does not include AstraZeneca doses shipped to pharmacies and primary care clinics.

RELATED: How do I get the coronavirus vaccine in Ottawa?

HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 related illnesses decreased Tuesday to 101 from 107.

There are 28 people in intensive care.

Hospitalizations (and ICU admissions) by age category:

  • 0-9: 1
  • 10-19: 0
  • 20-29: 2 (1 in ICU)
  • 30-39: 6 (2 in ICU)
  • 40-49: 10 (3 in ICU)
  • 50-59: 21 (9 in ICU)
  • 60-69: 27 (8 in ICU)
  • 70-79: 24 (4 in ICU)
  • 80-89: 6 (1 in ICU)
  • 90+: 4

These data are based on figures from Ottawa Public Health's COVID-19 dashboard, which refer to residents of Ottawa and do not include patient transfers from other regions.

ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA

The number of people with known active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa has fallen below 1,900 and continues to decline.

OPH reported 1,777 active cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, down from 1,913 active cases on Monday.

225 more people have had their cases resolve, bringing the number of total resolved cases in Ottawa to 22,459.

During this latest wave, the local active case count peaked at 3,412 on April 19.

The number of active cases is the number of total laboratory-confirmed 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.

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COVID-19 TESTING

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce says 2,256 swabs were taken at local assessment centres on Monday and labs peformed 3,105 tests.

The average turnaround from the time a swab is taken to the result is 15 hours.

Public Health Ontario reported 33,740 COVID-19 tests were completed province-wide on Monday.

VARIANTS OF CONCERN

Ottawa Public Health data*:

  • Total B.1.1.7 (UK variant) cases: 25
  • Total B.1.351 (South Africa variant) cases: 21 (+7)
  • Total P.1 (Brazil variant) cases: 0
  • Total variants of concern/mutation cases: 5,085 (+51)
  • Deaths linked to variants/mutations: 32 (+3)

*OPH notes that that VOC and mutation trends must be treated with caution due to the varying time required to complete VOC testing and/or genomic analysis following the initial positive test for SARS-CoV-2. Test results may be completed in batches and data corrections or updates can result in changes to case counts that may differ from past reports. 

COVID-19 CASES IN OTTAWA BY AGE CATEGORY

  • 0-9 years old: 9 new cases (1,978 total cases)
  • 10-19 years-old: 9 new cases (3,109 total cases)
  • 20-29 years-old: 26 new cases (5,592 total cases)
  • 30-39 years-old: 15 new cases (3,745 total cases)
  • 40-49 years-old: 9 new cases (3,232 total cases)
  • 50-59 years-old: 16 new cases (2,993 total cases)
  • 60-69-years-old: 6 new cases (1,787 total cases)
  • 70-79 years-old: 5 new cases (1,001 total cases)
  • 80-89 years-old: 0 new cases (808 total cases)
  • 90+ years old: 1 case reassigned to another category (503 total cases)
  • Unknown: 0 new cases (3 cases total)

CASES OF COVID-19 AROUND THE REGION:

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 11 new cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 2 new cases
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: 19 new cases
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 7 new cases
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 2 new cases
  • Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 32 new cases

INSTITUTIONAL OUTBREAKS

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

There are six active community outbreaks:

  • Social event – Private: One outbreak
  • Workplace – Manufacturing: One outbreak
  • Workplace – Restaurant: One outbreak
  • Workplace – Retail: One outbreak
  • Workplace – Warehouse: Two outbreaks

The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. Marchwood Early Learning Centre (April 18) 
  2. Ecole secondaire catholique Garneau (April 21) 
  3. The Little School Day Care Centre (April 21)
  4. Centre Prescolaire et Parascolaire l'Etoile Filante (April 22)
  5. Global Childcare Services Home Daycare (April 24) 
  6. Aspire Academy (April 25)
  7. Wee Watch Findlay Creek (April 25) 
  8. Parents Home Childcare of Ottawa (April 26)
  9. Centre Educatif Les Debrouillards (April 29) 
  10. Service de Garde Les Petit Pinceaux childcare (April 29) NEW

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

  1. Supported Independent Living home (April 9)
  2. Extendicare Medex Long-term Care Home (April 11)
  3. Shelter A-13220 (April 13) 
  4. Westwood Retirement Residence (April 16)
  5. Montfort Hospital - Unit 6C only - (April 21) 
  6. Rooming House A-14693 (April 23) 
  7. Group Home A-14465 (April 24)
  8. Group Home A-14468 (April 24) 
  9. Group Home A-14470 (April 24) 
  10. Group Home A-14492 (April 24) 
  11. Shelter A-14541 (April 25) 
  12. Shelter A-14574 (April 25) 
  13. Montfort Hospital - 4CR - (April 26)
  14. The Ottawa Hospital Rehab Centre - Special Rehab - Ward B - (April 26) 
  15. Montfort Hospital - 3C - (April 27)
  16. Montfort Hospital - single unit: 4A - (April 27)
  17. Group Home A-15395 (April 30) 
  18. The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus - single unit: F7 - (April 30)

As of April 7, two cases of COVID-19 in a resident or staff member of a long-term care home, retirement home with an with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the facility is considered an outbreak in a long-term care home or retirement home. One laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member or resident of other institutions such as shelters, group homes, is considered an outbreak. 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 or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in patients and/or staff in a hospital setting with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the hospital is considered an outbreak in a public hospital.