3 more deaths as Ottawa COVID numbers steady

The Rideau Canal, which served only as a scenic backdrop this winter, can be seen in Ottawa on February 24th.  (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press - photo credit)

The Rideau Canal, which served only as a scenic backdrop this winter, can be seen in Ottawa on February 24th. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press – photo credit)

Recent Developments:

The newest

OPH currently says COVID-19 indicators remain generally stable at moderate to high levels.

Experts strongly recommend wearing masks indoors and in Ontario in the days after COVID symptoms appear. Being sick and staying home and keeping up to date with COVID and flu vaccines can also help protect vulnerable people.

Non-COVID respiratory virus levels are generally low and/or seasonal.


Data from the research team shows that the average coronavirus sewage level has been stable since the latest data on March 9th.

OPH thinks this level is high after being very high the previous week.


The number of patients with COVID-19 in local hospitals remains relatively stable at 16. That’s less than that number in the second half of 2022.

A patient is in the intensive care unit.

A separate count that includes patients who tested positive for COVID after admission for other reasons, patients admitted for ongoing COVID complications, and patients transferred from other healthcare units also remains stable.

Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health

Tests, outbreaks and deaths

Ottawa has 23 active COVID outbreaks, a number that has stabilized for two weeks after rising for two weeks. The number is considered high.

The city’s COVID-19 test positivity rate has remained stable between 10 and 12 percent since early February, which OPH describes as moderate.

OPH has reported 107 more COVID cases and three deaths of people with COVID since Tuesday.

To date, 1,025 Ottawa residents have died with COVID as a contributing or underlying factor. 33 of those people have died this year.


Twenty-nine percent of Ottawans aged five and older have received a dose of COVID vaccine within the past six months, as widely recommended, with older age groups showing higher rates.

This corresponds to around 740,000 people in this age group without the recommended vaccination protection. It doesn’t take into account immunity from getting COVID.

Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health

As of the latest weekly update, 85 percent of Ottawa residents had at least one COVID vaccine dose, 82 percent had at least two, 56 percent at least three, and 31 percent at least four.

across the region


Coronavirus sewage average levels are stable in Kingston and in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark (LGL) counties.

Averages in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) are also stable, with the exception of an increase in Hawkesbury. They are otherwise outdated or unavailable outside of Ottawa.

EOHU’s COVID risk level remains moderate.

hospitalizations and deaths

Eastern Ontario communities outside of Ottawa are reporting about 46 COVID-19 hospitalizations with 11 patients in the ICU.

This regional census does not include Hastings Prince Edward (HPE) public health, which uses a different counting method. The number of local hospitalizations is stable.

West Quebec has 67 COVID hospitalized patients, down from the past few weeks. Two of them are in intensive care.

The province reported four more COVID deaths in that region, bringing the total to 402. HPE reported 113 COVID deaths.


The Kingston area health unit says 30 per cent of the population aged five and over has received a COVID vaccine in the past six months. It accounts for 26 percent at HPE and is not available elsewhere.

Across eastern Ontario, between 79 and 90 percent of residents age five and older have received at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and between 52 and 65 percent of those residents have had at least three, according to the province.


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