34 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa; more than 1,700 in Ontario

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Ottawa Public Health is reporting 34 additional people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19 and one more person has died. 

The figure marks a slight increase from Monday's report, when 29 new positive tests were reported.

Across Ontario, another 1,707 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and seven more people have died. Figures are highest in Toronto, where more than 700 new positive cases were reported. 

According to Ottawa Public Health's COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 8,521 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began.

Ottawa's death toll from the pandemic is now 375.

In the past seven days, Nov. 25 to Dec. 1 inclusive, OPH has reported an average of 41.4 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In the seven days previous, Nov. 18 to Nov. 24 inclusive, OPH reported an average of 37.6 new cases per day.

OPH says the rate per 100,000 popluation in the city over the past seven days is 26.8, down from 27.2 on Monday. The R(t) number -- that is, the number of additional people an indivudual who has tested positive spreads the virus to -- is estimated at 1.18 as of Nov. 30. A week prior, on Nov. 23, the estimated R(t) number was 0.87. 

"R(t) values greater than 1 indicate the virus is spreading faster and each case infects more than one contact, and less than 1 indicates the spread is slowing and the epidemic is coming under control," OPH says.

TESTING

Ontario health officials say 34,640 COVID-19 tests were performed across Ontario on Monday and 34,046 people are still waiting for test results provincewide.

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce says 1,934 swabs were taken at assessment centres on Monday and labs performed 1,845 tests.

There are 1,864 people waiting for COVID-19 test results.

The taskforce also says it takes an average of 21 hours between when a swab is taken to when a result is received, with 14 of those hours spent in the laboratory.

The positivity rate for Ottawa residents for the week of Nov. 21 to Nov. 27 inclusive was 1.3 per cent, the taskforce says.

HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA

The number of people in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 remained steady on Tuesday.

OPH says there are 24 people in hospitals in the city with COVID-19 and one person is in intensive care.

Of the people in hospital, one is in their 20s, one is in their 30s, one is in their 40s, three are in their 60s, seven are in their 70s, eight are in their 80s (one in the ICU) and three are 90 or older.

ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA

The number of people with known active infections of COVID-19 has risen to 351 from 344 on Monday.

OPH reported 26 additional recoveries on Tuesday, bringing the number of resolved cases in Ottawa to 7,794.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 is the number of total laboratory-confirmed cases 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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CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA BY AGE CATEGORY

Here is a breakdown of all known COVID-19 cases in Ottawa by age category:

  • 0-9 years old: Two new cases (581 cases total)
  • 10-19 years-old: Four new cases (986 cases total)
  • 20-29 years-old: 11 new cases (1,746 cases total)
  • 30-39 years-old: Six new cases (1,145 cases total)
  • 40-49 years-old: Four new cases (1,072 cases total)
  • 50-59 years-old: One new case (992 cases total)
  • 60-69-years-old: Two new cases (664 cases total)
  • 70-79 years-old: Two new cases (438 cases total)
  • 80-89 years-old: Two new cases (531 cases total)
  • 90+ years old: Zero new cases (366 cases total)

CASES OF COVID-19 AROUND THE REGION

According to provincial figures, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

Six more people in the Hasting Prince Edward Public Health region have tested positive.

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health have added one new case.

The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit has two additional cases of COVID-19 in its region.

There are no new COVID-19 cases in the Renfrew County and District Health Unit's area on Tuesday.

The Quebec government reports that 15 more people in the Outaouais region have tested positive for COVID-19 and one additional person has died.

INSTITUTIONAL OUTBREAKS

Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 25 institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.

One new outbreak was declared on Tuesday at the Carleton Lodge long-term care home.

There are five active community outbreaks: one linked to an unidentified community organization, one from an unspecified social event and three at unidentified workplaces in the city.

The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. École élémentaire publique Gabrielle Roy
  2. Manordale Public School
  3. Ottawa Technical Secondary School

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

  1. Alta Vista Manor
  2. Amica Westboro Park
  3. Association Intégration Sociale d'Ottawa - 21034
  4. Bearbrook Retirement Residence
  5. Bridlewood Trails Retirement Home
  6. Carleton Lodge long-term care home (NEW)
  7. Courtyards on Eagleson
  8. Couvent Mont-Saint-Joseph retirement home
  9. Extendicare Medex
  10. Extendicare New Orchard Lodge
  11. Extendicare Starwood
  12. Forest Hill long-term care home
  13. Garden Terrace long-term care home
  14. Montfort Hospital - 3C
  15. Park Place
  16. Peter D. Clark long-term care home
  17. Shelter – 20868
  18. St. Patrick's Home
  19. The Glebe Centre
  20. The Ravines retirement home
  21. The Ottawa Hospital General Campus - 5E
  22. Waterford Retirement

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, a single confirmed, symptomatic case in a staff member, home daycare provider, or child triggers an outbreak.

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).