COVID-19 levels continue to stabilize in the Ottawa area
Ottawa’s COVID-19 levels are stable or falling.
The city’s health department says it’s encouraged by the trends.
Four more people with COVID have died in the region.
The weather this winter may be everywhere, but the local pandemic picture has remained stable with some welcome downward trends.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has been saying that for four weeks Respiratory virus trends are encouraging but it’s still worth reducing the risks as COVID-19 levels remain high.
Experts strongly recommend wearing masks indoors and in Ontario in the days after COVID symptoms appear. By staying ill and staying home and keeping up to date with COVID and flu vaccines, you are also helping to protect vulnerable people.
Levels of non-COVID respiratory viruses are generally low.
Data from the research team shows that the weekly average level of coronavirus in Ottawa’s wastewater has been stable since February 7.
OPH considers this level to be very high.
OPH’s active local COVID-19 hospitalized patient count is stable at 32. That number has been around 30 so far this year.
Three of these patients are in intensive care.
There is another count that includes other patients e.g. B. Individuals admitted for other reasons who then tested positive for COVID, individuals admitted for ongoing COVID complications, and individuals transferred from other healthcare units.
This number spent January in the 80’s and 90’s, and with this latest update, dropped further into the 70’s.
Tests, outbreaks and deaths
Ottawa’s COVID-19 test positivity rate remains at about 11 percent, which OPH said is moderate.
Ottawa has 14 active COVID outbreaks and continues a slow decline. That’s another trend that OPH thinks is moderate.
OPH has reported 86 more COVID cases and two deaths of people with COVID, both aged 80 or older, since Tuesday. Overall, 1,017 Ottawa residents who have died since the pandemic began had COVID as a contributing or underlying factor.
Thirty-one percent of Ottawans aged 12 and over received their last COVID vaccine dose within the past six months, as widely recommended, with older age groups showing higher rates.
This does not take into account immunity from getting COVID.
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 averages are stable in Kingston. Data for other areas outside of Ottawa is outdated or unavailable.
Renfrew County’s average COVID test positivity is stable at about 10 percent.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s COVID risk level is considered low.
hospitalizations and deaths
Eastern Ontario communities outside of Ottawa are reporting a drop to about 20 COVID-19 hospitalizations with four 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 rises to 15 patients after falling last week.
West Quebec has 79 COVID hospital patients down One of them is in intensive care.
Renfrew County and EOHU each reported one additional COVID-related death.
The Kingston-area health department says 32 percent of the population aged five and older have received a vaccine in the past six months. This number is 27 percent at HPE and is not available elsewhere.
In eastern Ontario, between 79 percent and 90 percent of residents age five and older have received at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and between 52 percent and 65 percent of those residents have had at least three.