Ottawa sees decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations on Thursday

The City of Ottawa is seeing a drop in the number of people hospitalized with active illness related to COVID-19.

Ottawa Public Health on Thursday reported 26 people in Ottawa-area hospitals with an active COVID-19 infection, up from 34 on Wednesday and 39 on Tuesday. There are four people in the intensive care unit.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Vera Etches said Wednesday that while the COVID-19 virus is still in the community and “levels are relatively high”, COVID indicators are “heading in the right direction”.

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: 84 patients
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital: 15 patients
  • Montfort Hospital: 20 patients
  • CHEO: Three patients

On Thursday, Ottawa Public Health reported one new death related to COVID-19.

There are 127 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa. The number of known active cases continues to decline. The daily case count is considered an underrepresentation of the true amount of COVID-19 in the community due to provincial restrictions on who can access a PCR test.


Public Health Ontario reported 32 new deaths related to COVID across Ontario on Thursday. There are 1,676 people in hospital, including 205 in intensive care.

KEY STATISTICS ON COVID-19 IN OTTAWA

  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (April 27 to May 3): 83.8 (from 95.8)
  • Seven-day average of the positivity rate in the Ottawa community, excluding long-term care homes (May 3): 15.75%
  • Known active cases: 1,331 (-54)

COVID-19 VACCINES IN OTTAWA

Updated April 25.

  • Ottawa residents with 1 dose (5+): 915,737
  • Ottawa residents with 2 doses (5+): 879,628
  • Ottawa residents with 3 doses (12+): 572,200
  • Percentage of the population aged five and over having received at least one dose: 92%
  • Share of population five years and older fully vaccinated: 89%
  • Proportion of the population aged 12 and over receiving at least three doses: 63%

*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: 8 in hospital, 4 in intensive care
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 32 in hospital, 4 in intensive care
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: 12 in hospital, 3 in intensive care
  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit: 7 in hospital, 3 in intensive care
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 14 in hospital, 1 in intensive care
  • Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 77 hospitalized, 4 in intensive care

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

COVID-19 OUTBREAKS

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

  • 14 long-term care homes
  • 25 retirement homes
  • 8 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 full list of locations with active outbreaks is available at OPH COVID-19 Dashboard.

Lillian L. Pena