New COVID-19 cases in Ottawa jump to highest number in two weeks
OTTAWA -- Ottawa Public Health said Sunday that 79 more people in the city have tested positive for COVID-19, the highest figure reported in more than two weeks. Two more people have died.
Ottawa has enjoyed several days of relatively low case counts in the latter half of November, dropping as low as 11 new cases on Nov. 17. This latest figure is the highest number of new cases in a single day since Nov. 12, when 91 new cases were reported.
Across Ontario, 1,708 new cases of COVID-19 and 24 new deaths were reported on Sunday.
Despite the jump in Ottawa's figures, Peel Region and Toronto still account for the majority of Ontario's COVID-19 infections.
According to Ottawa Public Health's COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 8,458 confirmed infections in Ottawa since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Two new deaths from COVID-19 were reported on Sunday, bringing the city's death toll from the pandemic to 374 residents.
In the past seven days, Nov. 23 to 29 inclusive, OPH has reported an average of 40.9 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In the seven previous days, Nov. 16 to 22 inclusive, OPH reported an average of 38 new cases of COVID-19 per day.
HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA
The number of people in hospitals in Ottawa with COVID-19 complications increased slightly on Sunday, but the number of people in the ICU fell.
There are currently 22 people in hospital, up from 20 on Saturday. There is one person between the ages of 80 and 89 in intensive care.
Of the people in hospital, one is in their 30s, one is in their 40s, two are in their 60s, six are in their 70s, nine are in their 80s, and three are 90 or older.
ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA
The number of people with active infections of COVID-19 in Ottawa climbed on Sunday to 343 from 309 on Saturday.
OPH reported 43 new recoveries on Sunday, bringing the city's total number of resolved cases to 7,741.
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.
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: 12 new cases (577 cases total)
- 10-19 years-old: 10 new cases (977 cases total)
- 20-29 years-old: 18 new cases (1,729 cases total)
- 30-39 years-old: 15 new cases (1,135 cases total)
- 40-49 years-old: Seven new cases (1,067 cases total)
- 50-59 years-old: Six new cases (987 cases total)
- 60-69-years-old: Five new cases (657 cases total)
- 70-79 years-old: Five new cases (435 cases total)
- 80-89 years-old: Two new cases (529 cases total)
- 90+ years old: Zero new cases (365 cases total)
The age of one person who tested positive for COVID-19 that was previously unknown has been assigned.
Ontario health officials say 53,959 COVID-19 tests were performed across the province on Saturday. 38,724 people are still waiting for test results across the province.
The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce does not provide testing figures on weekends. Their next update for local testing numbers will be Monday. In its most recent update on Friday, the taskforce said Ottawa's positivity rate for the week of Nov. 20 to 26 was 1.3 per cent.
CASES OF COVID-19 AROUND THE REGION
According to provincial figures, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit added 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.
Five more people in the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health region have tested positive.
Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health also reported five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.
Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit's area.
There are no new cases of COVID-19 in the Renfrew County and District Health Unit on Sunday.
Thirty additional people in the Outaouais region of Quebec, which includes Gatineau, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to figures from the province of Quebec.
Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 24 institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.
Outbreaks have ended at Cedarview Middle School, École élémentaire catholique Terre-Des-Jeunes, Beacon Heights retirement home, and the Stirling Park Retirement Home.
One new outbreak was declared at the 3C section of the Montfort Hospital.
There are four active community outbreaks: one linked to an unidentified community organization, two linked to unspecified social events, and one at an unidentified workplace.
The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:
- École élémentaire publique Gabrielle Roy
- Manordale Public School
- Ottawa Technical Secondary School
The long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and other spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:
- Alta Vista Manor
- Amica Westboro Park
- Association Intégration Sociale d'Ottawa - 21034
- Bearbrook Retirement Residence
- Bridlewood Trails Retirement Home
- Carlingview Manor
- Courtyards on Eagleson
- Extendicare Medex
- Extendicare New Orchard Lodge
- Extendicare Starwood
- Forest Hill long-term care home
- Garden Terrace long-term care home
- Montfort Hospital - 3C (NEW)
- Park Place
- Peter D. Clark long-term care home
- Shelter – 20868
- St. Patrick's Home
- The Glebe Centre
- The Ravines retirement home (NEW)
- The Ottawa Hospital Rehab Centre - Special Rehab - Ward B
- 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).