- Ottawa’s coronavirus wastewater average is falling very slowly.
- There are COVID-19 hospitalizations in the city, while the outbreak numbers remain unchanged.
- Two more residents of Ottawa have died with COVID.
- Eastern Ontario again has the highest regional wastewater average.
Today’s Ottawa Update
The average level of coronavirus in Ottawa’s wastewater is moving away very slowly from the peak of this sixth wave earlier this month, which was also a pandemic. It spent 17 days around that record-high zone.
The most recent data for April 24 (the bold red line in the graph below) shows that the level is still around nine times higher than it was at the beginning of March, prior to the current spike.
Those records do not reflect the first wave of the pandemic when wastewater was not monitored for traces of the virus.
A leading indicator of what Ottawa Public Health (OPH) calls a significant COVID-19 wave is wastewater. Officials highly recommend that people take steps to protect themselves and others.
According to Tuesday’s OPH update, thirty-seven Ottawa residents are in local hospitals for treatment for active COVID-19. The number is back where it was in mid-February, matching the provincial trend.
Four of these patients are in intensive care.
The hospitalization figures above do not include all patients. For example, they exclude patients admitted for other reasons, who then test positive for COVID-19, who are admitted for COVID-19 complications, and who are transferred from other health units. Is.
When you include such patients, the number increases to 118 by Saturday. It has also returned to where it was in mid-February, and some hospitals are again having staffing problems.
cases and outbreaks
Testing strategies have changed under the infectious Omicron version, meaning many new COVID-19 cases are not reflected in the current count. Public health only tracks and reports outbreaks that occur in health care settings.
The city’s 74 outbreaks are unchanged from Monday’s report and nearly triple the 28 from three weeks ago. 29 Retirement home outbreak paves way between health care settings.
On Tuesday, OPH reported 91 more cases and two deaths in their 70s who had COVID.
The rolling weekly incidence rate of new confirmed COVID-19 cases, expressed per 100,000 residents, is around 120.
tests and vaccines
At 20 percent, the average positivity rate for those receiving PCR tests outside long-term care homes is high and stable. The average indoors is around 11 percent. The next test update is expected on Wednesday.
According to Monday’s weekly vaccine update, 92 percent of Ottawa residents are five years of age and older and have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 89 percent have had at least two.
Sixty-two percent of residents age 12 and older have at least three doses and five percent have four.
across the region
Ontario and Quebec remain in a sixth pandemic wave.
According to the province’s science table, Eastern Ontario again has the highest regional wastewater.
Two of the three wastewater sites in the Kingston area have shown steady declines from record levels. Two of the three sites east of Ottawa show rising levels. Trends differ at different wastewater sites in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark (LGL) counties.
There are 109 local COVID-19 hospitals in western Quebec, with six in intensive care.
Eastern Ontario communities outside Ottawa are reporting about 60 COVID-19 hospitalizations. About 10 of them are in intensive care. Neither of these numbers includes Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, which has a different method of counting.
Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s 13 COVID hospitalizations, 16 percent test positivity and 11 outbreaks are stable.