Flu exercise rising, most COVID tendencies dropping

Flu exercise rising, most COVID tendencies dropping

Current developments:

  • Most of Ottawa’s COVID-19 tendencies are dropping.
  • Its flu exercise is rising.
  • Metropolis’s coronavirus wastewater common is at its lowest level of the autumn.
  • Hospitalizations drop outdoors of Ottawa.

The newest steerage

Officers in Ontario and Quebec say the health-care system, notably for kids, is underneath extraordinary strain due to COVID-19, early flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) seasons, and a medicine scarcity.

They strongly suggest folks put on masks indoors. Staying residence when sick, preserving palms and surfaces clear and preserving up-to-date with COVID and flu vaccines are additionally really useful to assist hold susceptible folks protected.

Ottawa Public Well being (OPH) mentioned Thursday that flu and RSV ranges are excessive, however COVID ranges aren’t. Flu exercise is rising, it added Tuesday.

Ontario and Quebec flu take a look at positivity is growing and RSV positivity has plateaued.

A bar and line graph showing current flu cases compared to historic averages.
Ottawa Public Well being’s weekly respiratory sickness report exhibits the variety of confirmed flu circumstances within the metropolis was, as of Nov. 19, round the place it normally is within the winter. (Ottawa Public Well being)


The weekly common degree of coronavirus in Ottawa’s wastewater is average, in keeping with OPH.

Whereas the analysis staff hasn’t up to date its web page, OPH says as of Nov. 17 the common has been slowly dropping this month again to a degree final seen on the finish of August.

A line-and-bar graph of coronavirus wastewaver measurements over the last month.
Ottawa Public Well being shares the final 30 days of coronavirus wastewater measurements from the analysis staff. (Ottawa Public Well being)

The analysis staff additionally shares flu and RSV ranges in wastewater.

Assessments, outbreaks and deaths

Testing methods modified underneath the Omicron variant, that means many COVID-19 circumstances aren’t mirrored in counts. Public well being officers now solely observe and report outbreaks in health-care settings.

Ottawa’s COVID take a look at positivity fee is 15 per cent, which has slowly risen for a couple of week after a gradual drop. OPH considers this excessive.

There are 30 lively COVID outbreaks in Ottawa. That is average, in keeping with OPH, and has been slowly dropping.

Town well being unit reviews two flu outbreaks and 38 “different” respiratory outbreaks, practically all in child-care settings, which is steady.

OPH reported 133 extra COVID circumstances over 4 days and the deaths of two folks age 90 or above with COVID. A complete of 963 Ottawa residents who had COVID have died, 353 of them this yr.


OPH’s depend of lively, native COVID-19 hospital sufferers drops to 11 in Tuesday’s replace. There’s one affected person in intensive care, which can also be a steady quantity.

The well being unit cautions that modifications it is making to its knowledge system may affect the hospitalization count, which had a pointy drop across the begin of the month.

For instance, the hospitalization depend was 28 on the primary web page of the dashboard replace on Nov. 11. The depend underneath one other tab, which is consistently up to date as new paperwork is available in, had 43 sufferers that day.

There’s one other depend that features different sufferers, equivalent to folks admitted for different causes who then take a look at constructive for COVID-19, these admitted for lingering COVID-19 problems, and people transferred from different well being models.

That quantity dropped Tuesday, going under 100 for the primary time this autumn.

A graphic breaking down Ottawa COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Ottawa Public Well being has a COVID-19 hospital depend that exhibits all hospital sufferers who examined constructive for COVID, together with these admitted for different causes, and who dwell in different areas. It was 145 as of Nov. 7 and has dropped since then. (Ottawa Public Well being)


As of the latest weekly replace Nov. 14, 93 per cent of Ottawa residents aged 5 and up had not less than one COVID-19 vaccine dose, 90 per cent had not less than two and 61 per cent not less than three.

Thirty-one per cent of Ottawans aged 12 and older had not less than 4.

About 8,600 residents youthful than 5 have had a primary dose, which is about 19 per cent of Ottawa’s inhabitants of that age group. About 3,000, or six per cent, have had two.

Throughout the area


Wastewater tendencies are blended in Kingston and usually steady throughout Leeds, Grenville and Lanark (LGL) counties. It is also typically steady in Casselman and Hawkesbury and dropping from a leap in Cornwall and Morrisburg.

Information from different areas is old-fashioned or unavailable.

COVID-19 take a look at positivity rises to round 20 per cent within the Jap Ontario Well being Unit (EOHU) and falls to round 10 per cent within the Kingston space.

Hospitalizations and deaths

Western Quebec’s well being authority, CISSSO, reviews 69 COVID hospitalizations, which is slowly dropping. One of the sufferers is in intensive care.

Jap Ontario communities outdoors Ottawa report a drop to about 40 COVID hospitalizations, with 9 of them in intensive care. COVID hospitalizations within the Kingston space fell from 31 to 17 on this weekly replace.

That regional depend does not embody Hastings Prince Edward (HPE) Public Well being, which has a unique counting technique. Its depend dropped under 10 Tuesday for the primary time since August.

The EOHU reported its 136th COVID dying of 2022 and its 270th dying general. The Kingston space reported its a centesimal complete dying, 78 of them this yr.

Well being models for LGL and the Belleville areas didn’t report any extra COVID deaths of their weekly updates.

Every native well being unit, besides Ottawa, has had extra reported COVID deaths in 2022 than both 2020 or 2021. Nationally, folks dying of COVID within the later months of 2022 have typically been older, dwelling with pre-existing situations, or present process immune-suppressing therapies.


Throughout jap Ontario, between 81 and 92 per cent of residents age 5 and up have acquired not less than two COVID-19 vaccine doses, and between 53 and 65 per cent of these residents have had not less than three.