Ottawa reaches grim milestone with 1,000th COVID demise

Ottawa reaches grim milestone with 1,000th COVID demise

Current developments:

  • Ottawa’s COVID-19 ranges are excessive and its traits are combined.
  • The town has reached 1,000 deaths of individuals with COVID-19.
  • Somebody age 10 to 19 who had COVID has died.
  • Coronavirus ranges are excessive in Kingston’s wastewater.
  • Half of the EOHU does not have sufficient vaccine safety, its prime physician says.

The newest steering

Ottawa’s medical officer of well being and town’s well being unit say there’s been a regarding improve of COVID-19 as excessive ranges of respiratory viruses unfold within the metropolis and officers attempt to battle nonchalance round masking.

Dr. Vera Etches advised CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning Thursday she desires to discover a option to counter the actual fact fewer folks put on masks and the false sense that COVID is “not a critical sickness for folks.”

“Many individuals will get by means of this at residence … however [for] older adults, folks with underlying situations, it is a main explanation for demise in our neighborhood nonetheless. We have to see behaviour alter to the extent of COVID in our neighborhood.”

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Specialists strongly suggest folks put on masks indoors and, in Ontario, within the days after having COVID signs. Staying residence when sick, maintaining palms and surfaces clear and maintaining up-to-date with COVID and flu vaccines are additionally really helpful.

The health-care system, notably for youngsters, has been beneath loads of strain due to COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), leading to lengthy wait instances and unprecedented strikes to attempt to cope.

CBC Ottawa takes a take a look at COVID traits on Tuesdays and Fridays. A broader take a look at respiratory diseases comes on Wednesdays: Ottawa Public Well being (OPH) says flu exercise is taken into account secure whereas different respiratory sickness exercise, resembling RSV, is lowering.


Information from the analysis staff says the weekly common stage of coronavirus in Ottawa’s wastewater, as of Jan. 10, had been rising because the final week of November, and the tempo of that rise has sped up because the final week of December. 

Extra not too long ago, it then declined for 2 days.

The COVID ranges have solely been increased three earlier instances, although wastewater information doesn’t exist for the primary wave of the pandemic.

Ottawa Public Well being (OPH) considers the present stage to be very excessive.

A bar and line graph of coronavirus wastewater levels since June 2020.
Researchers measuring and sharing the quantity of novel coronavirus in Ottawa’s wastewater have discovered it rising for about six weeks. The newest information is from Jan. 10, 2023. (


OPH’s rely of lively, native COVID-19 hospital sufferers is right down to 26, based on Friday’s replace, with 4 sufferers in intensive care.

The hospital quantity usually rose this month earlier than this drop. The ICU quantity rises, although it hasn’t been greater than 5 in a number of months.

There may be one other rely that features different sufferers, resembling folks admitted for different causes who then take a look at constructive for COVID, these admitted for lingering COVID issues, and people transferred from different well being models.

That quantity drops from the place it was the previous couple of updates.

A graphic breaking down Ottawa COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Ottawa Public Well being has a COVID-19 hospital rely that exhibits all hospital sufferers who examined constructive for COVID, together with these admitted for different causes, and who stay in different areas. It was round 130 on Dec. 11 and at 87 on Jan. 8. (Ottawa Public Well being)

Checks, outbreaks and deaths

Ottawa’s COVID-19 take a look at positivity charge stays round 18 per cent. It has usually been rising this month and OPH considers this very excessive. Testing methods modified on the finish of 2021 and many circumstances aren’t mirrored in counts.

There are 29 lively COVID outbreaks in Ottawa. This rely has been secure this month and it’s thought-about very excessive.

OPH reported 159 extra COVID circumstances over three days and the deaths of six folks who had COVID: certainly one of them age 90 or above, two of their 80s, two of their 60s, and town’s first reported COVID demise of somebody who’s between 10 to 19 years previous.

In all, 1,000 Ottawa residents who had COVID have died because the begin of the pandemic. Victims are included within the whole whether or not COVID was an element of their demise or not.


Thirty-five per cent of Ottawans age 12 and older have had their most up-to-date dose throughout the final six months, as is usually really helpful, with older age teams having increased charges.

This doesn’t consider immunity from getting COVID.

 An infographic of how recently Ottawa residents have had their last COVID-19 vaccine. It includes stacked bar graphs by age group.
Ottawa Public Well being shares when residents age 12 and older final had a COVID-19 vaccine. (Ottawa Public Well being)

As of the newest weekly replace, 93 per cent of Ottawa residents aged 5 and up had at the least one COVID vaccine dose, 90 per cent had at the least two and 62 per cent at the least three.

Thirty-six per cent of Ottawans aged 12 and older had at the least 4 doses.

About 9,550 residents youthful than 5 have had a primary dose, which is about 21 per cent of Ottawa’s inhabitants of that age group. About 5,050, or 11 per cent, have had two.

Throughout the area


The coronavirus wastewater common in Kingston is slowly rising and close to its highest common on report, which fits again to November 2021. Information for different areas exterior Ottawa is old-fashioned or unavailable.

The common COVID take a look at positivity rises to fifteen per cent in Renfrew County, about the place it was firstly of December.

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis of the Japanese Ontario Well being Unit (EOHU) mentioned Wednesday that COVID ranges there are reasonable after a small vacation uptick, including that half of its inhabitants does not have sufficient COVID vaccine safety.

“For those who speak about what the threats are over the subsequent couple of months, an important factor we are able to do is to get our bivalent booster,” he mentioned, happening to say the XBB.1.5 Omicron subvariant is one menace.

WATCH | The medical officer of well being’s weekly replace:

Hospitalizations and deaths

Japanese Ontario communities exterior Ottawa report about 45 COVID-19 hospitalizations, with eight sufferers in intensive care. Each are increased than they had been final week.

That regional rely does not embody Hastings Prince Edward (HPE) Public Well being, which has a special counting technique. It has at the least 10 native COVID hospitalizations for the primary time in about two months.

Western Quebec’s well being authority, CISSSO, studies an increase to 98 COVID hospitalizations. That quantity has been round that quantity since December. One of many sufferers is in intensive care.

CISSSO reported yet one more COVID demise prior to now week for a complete of 368.


The Kingston space’s well being unit says that 33 per cent of its inhabitants age 5 and up have had a booster vaccine within the final six months. That quantity is 27 per cent in HPE and unavailable elsewhere.

Throughout jap Ontario, between 82 and 93 per cent of residents age 5 and up have acquired at the least two COVID-19 vaccine doses, and between 53 and 66 per cent of these residents have had at the least three.