Ottawa Public Health confirms new P.1 COVID-19 variant cases on Saturday
OTTAWA -- Ottawa Public Health says 112 more people in the city have tested positive for COVID-19 and one more person has died.
Across Ontario, public health officials reported 2,864 new cases of COVID-19 and 3,596 newly resolved cases. Another 25 Ontarians have died from COVID-19. Public Health Ontario reported 107 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday. Figures from OPH often differ from those provided by Public Health Ontario because the two health units pull data for their respective daily reports at different times of day.
According to Ottawa Public Health, there have been 25,220 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began and 521 people have died.
OPH also reported more than 200 newly resolved cases on Saturday, bringing the city's number of active cases to below 1,500 for the first time since April 2.
The number of people in Ottawa hospitals is on the decline, but remains above 80.
Ottawa Public Health has also reported the city's first cases of the P.1 COVID-19 variant, first identified in Brazil. There are two confirmed P.1 cases in Ottawa so far.
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 30 to May 6): 87.9 (Down from 91.1)
- Positivity rate in Ottawa: 6.6 per cent (April 30 to May 6)
- Reproduction number (seven day average): 0.83
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.
COVID-19 VACCINES IN OTTAWA
Ottawa Public Health updates vaccine numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
As of May 7:
- Ottawa residents with 1 dose: 368,616
- Ottawa residents with 2 doses: 27,993
- Total doses received in Ottawa*: 380,330
As of Friday, 43 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.
HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA
Ottawa Public Health reported 81 people in hospital with COVID-19 related illnesses on Saturday, down from 88 people on Friday.
There are 21 people in intensive care, down from 25.
Hospitalizations (and ICU admissions) by age category:
- 0-9: 0
- 10-19: 1
- 20-29: 1 (1 in ICU)
- 30-39: 4 (1 in ICU)
- 40-49: 6 (2 in ICU)
- 50-59: 26 (7 in ICU)
- 60-69: 12 (5 in ICU)
- 70-79: 22 (4 in ICU)
- 80-89: 6 (1 in ICU)
- 90+: 3
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 continues to decline and is now below 1,500 for the first time since April 2.
There are 1,458 active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday, down from 1,553 active cases on Friday.
206 more people have recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. The total number of resolved cases of coronavirus in Ottawa is now 23,241.
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.
VARIANTS OF CONCERN
Ottawa Public Health data*:
- Total B.1.1.7 (UK variant) cases: 4,478 (+59)
- Total B.1.351 (South Africa variant) cases: 44 (+10)
- Total P.1 (Brazil variant) cases: 2 (+2)
- Total B.1.617 (India variant): 3
- Total variants of concern/mutation cases: 5,291 (+64)
- Deaths linked to variants/mutations: 36
*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: 2 new cases (2,016 total cases)
- 10-19 years-old: 14 new cases (3,171 total cases)
- 20-29 years-old: 24 new cases (5,687 total cases)
- 30-39 years-old: 30 new cases (3,833 total cases)
- 40-49 years-old: 17 new cases (3,309 total cases)
- 50-59 years-old: 12 new cases (3,053 total cases)
- 60-69-years-old: 7 new cases (1,815 total cases)
- 70-79 years-old: 4 new cases (1,017 total cases)
- 80-89 years-old: 2 new cases (813 total cases)
- 90+ years old: 0 new cases (503 total cases)
- Unknown: 0 new cases (3 cases total)
COVID-19 TESTING IN OTTAWA
The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce reports 1,206 swabs were processed at assessment centres in Ottawa on May 6.
A total of 3,608 lab tests were performed in Ottawa on Thursday.
The average turnaround from the time the swab is taken at a testing site to the result is 19 hours.
The next update from the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce will be released Monday.
COVID-19 CASES ACROSS THE REGION
- Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 23 new cases
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 8 new cases
- Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: 11 new cases
- Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 10 new cases
- Renfrew County and District Health Unit: Four new cases
- Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 58 new cases
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: Two outbreaks
- Workplace – Manufacturing: One outbreak
- Workplace – Restaurant: One outbreak
- Workplace – Retail: One outbreak
- Workplace – Warehouse: One outbreak
The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:
- Marchwood Early Learning Centre (April 18)
- Centre Prescolaire et Parascolaire l'Etoile Filante (April 22)
- Global Childcare Services Home Daycare (April 24)
- Aspire Academy (April 25)
- Wee Watch Findlay Creek (April 25)
- Parents Home Childcare of Ottawa (April 26)
- Andrew Fleck Children's Services (Arpil 28) NEW
- Centre Educatif Les Debrouillards (April 29)
- Service de Garde Les Petit Pinceaux childcare (April 29)
- St. Luke's Childcare Centre (May 1)
The long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and other spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:
- Extendicare Medex Long-term Care Home (April 11)
- Shelter A-13220 (April 13)
- Westwood Retirement Residence (April 16)
- Montfort Hospital - Unit 6C only - (April 21)
- Rooming House A-14693 (April 23)
- Shelter A-14541 (April 25)
- Shelter A-14574 (April 25)
- Montfort Hospital - 4CR - (April 26)
- The Ottawa Hospital Rehab Centre - Special Rehab - Ward B - (April 26)
- Chartwell New Edinburgh Square Retirement Home (April 27)
- Montfort Hospital - 3C - (April 27)
- Montfort Hospital - single unit: 4A - (April 27)
- Group Home A-15395 (April 30)
- The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus - single unit: F7 - (April 30)
- Shelter A-15657 (May 3)
- Group Home A-15690 (May 4)
- Group Home A-15742 (May 4)
- Group Home A-15787 (May 4)
- Queensway Carleton Hospital – C3 (May 5)
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.