OTTAWA -- Several weekly COVID-19 trends in Ottawa are showing signs of improvement following a third straight day of Ottawa Public Health reporting fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19 each day.

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 67 more people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19 and two more people have died.

OPH reported 56 new cases of COVID-19 in the city on Tuesday and 85 on Monday and also reported two new deaths each day.

Ontario health officials reported 2,655 new cases of COVID-19 reported provincewide on Wednesday. Ontario also reported 89 new deaths and 3,714 resolved cases on Wednesday.

According to Ottawa Public Health's COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 12,494 total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began and 409 residents have died.

The weekly trends of new cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days has dropped below 80, and the estimated reproduction rate--the number of additional people each person with the virus infects--has also plummeted. The testing positivity rate is below 4 per cent for the first time since early January.

However, the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 complications is now above 40.


A province-wide lockdown went into effect on Dec. 26, 2020. Ottawa Public Health moved Ottawa into its red zone in early January.

A provincial stay-at-home order has been in effect since Jan. 14, 2021.

Ottawa Public Health data:

  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 72.9 cases
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa: 3.5 per cent (Jan. 13 - Jan. 19)
  • Reproduction number: 0.72 (seven day average)

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. 


  • Doses administered in Ottawa (first and second shots): 21,951
  • Doses received in Ottawa: 25,350

Ottawa Public Health says the city received 2,925 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Jan. 18.


The number of people in Ottawa with known active cases of COVID-19 has dropped for the fourth day in a row. It now stands at 1,057, down from 1,137 on Tuesday. The number of active cases peaked at 1,286 on Saturday.

OPH says 145 more cases of COVID-19 in the city have resolved, bringing Ottawa's total number of resolved cases to 11,028.

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.



There are now 42 people in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 complications, the highest figure so far in 2021. Eight people are in the intensive care unit.

Of the people in hospital, one is 10 to 19 years old (this person is in the ICU), one is in their 30s (this person is in the ICU), one is in their 40s, seven are in their 50s (two are in the ICU), eight are in their 60s (two are in the ICU), seven are in their 70s (two are in the ICU), 10 are in their 80s, and seven are 90 or older. 


Ontario health officials say 54,307 COVID-19 tests were performed across Ontario on Tuesday and there are 48,963 tests still under investigation.

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce says 1,424 swabs were taken at local assessment centres on Tuesday and labs performed 6,220 COVID-19 tests. There are 2,584 tests still in progress locally as of Jan. 20.

The positivity rate for the week of Jan. 13-19 is 3.5 per cent. The average turnaround from the time the swab is taken at a testing site to the result is 29 hours.


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

  • 0-9 years old: 2 new cases (890 total cases)
  • 10-19 years-old: 4 new cases (1,576 total cases)
  • 20-29 years-old: 18 new cases (2,656 total cases)
  • 30-39 years-old: 14 new cases (1,730 total cases)
  • 40-49 years-old: 10 new cases (1,637 total cases)
  • 50-59 years-old: 11 new cases (1,480 total cases)
  • 60-69-years-old: 4 new cases (901 total cases)
  • 70-79 years-old: 2 new cases (564 total cases)
  • 80-89 years-old: 2 new cases (634 total cases)
  • 90+ years old: 0 new cases (423 total cases)
  • Unknown: 0 new cases (3 cases total)


  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 16 new cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 2 new cases
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: 2 new cases
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 2 new cases
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 0 new cases
  • Outaouais Region: 21 new cases


Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 38 institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.

Outbreaks at the Alta Vista Manor and Redwoods retirement homes have ended. An outbreak at a local group home has also ended.

New outbreaks were declared at a Wee Watch home childcare location in Nepean, the Stirling Park retirement home and the Ravines Indpendent Living home. 

There are six active community outbreaks. An outbreak at a multi-unit dwelling has ended.

Three are linked to health workplaces, one is linked to an office workplace, one is linked to a distribution centre, and one is linked to a services workplace

The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. Andrew Fleck Children's Services - Home Child Care - 29101 
  2. Greenboro Children's Centre
  3. Montessori by Brightpath
  4. Ruddy Family Y Child Care
  5. Services à l'enfance Grandir Ensemble - La Maisonée - 28627
  6. Wee Watch Nepean home childcare - 29084 (NEW)

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

  1. Besserer Place
  2. Centre D'Accueil Champlain
  3. Colonel By Retirement Home
  4. Extendicare Laurier Manor
  5. Extendicare Medex
  6. Extendicare New Orchard Lodge
  7. Extendicare West End Villa
  8. Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home
  9. Grace Manor Long-term Care Home
  10. Granite Ridge long-term care home
  11. Group Home - 28608
  12. Group Home - 28740
  13. Group Home - 29045
  14. Group Home - 29049
  15. Group Home - 29052
  16. Hillel Lodge
  17. Madonna Care Community
  18. Montfort Long-term Care Centre 
  19. Oakpark Retirement Community
  20. Park Place
  21. Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre 
  22. Peter D. Clark long-term care home 
  23. Shelter - 28365
  24. Sisters of Charity Couvent Mont Saint-Joseph
  25. St. Patrick's Home
  26. Stirling Park Retirement Community (NEW)
  27. Supported Independent Living - 28110
  28. Supported Independent Living - 29100 
  29. The Ravines Independent Living (NEW)
  30. Valley Stream Retirement Residence
  31. Villa Marconi
  32. Villagia in the Glebe Retirement Residence

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).