Ottawa’s COVID-19 incidence rate remains in the “red-control” threshold on Sunday, as Ottawa Public Health reports 68 new cases of COVID-19 in the capital.
There are no new deaths linked to COVID-19 in Ottawa.
Twenty-eight of the 68 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday involve residents between 40 and 60 years old.
Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa on March 11, 2020, there have been 15,562 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 447 deaths.
On Saturday, Ottawa Public Health reported 94 new cases of COVID-19, the highest one-day increase in cases since January 23. The 94 new cases of COVID-19 moved Ottawa’s COVID-19 incidence rate to 40.1 cases per 100,000 people – the threshold to move into the “red-control” zone in Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening framework.
Ottawa’s COVID-19 incidence rate was 43.7 cases per 100,000 on Sunday.
Across Ontario, there are 1,747 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. Officials caution the case count is higher than expected “due to a data catch-up process” with Ontario’s reporting system.
Public Health Ontario reported 545 new cases in Toronto, 352 in Peel Region and 163 in York Region.
Ottawa Public Health will provide a full snapshot on COVID-19 in Ottawa at approximately 12 p.m.
COVID-19 CASE DISCREPANCY
Public Health Ontario reported 83 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday, compared to 68 new cases announced by Ottawa Public Health.
Ottawa Public Health has previously said the case discrepancy is based on when the case data is collected from the system.
On Sunday, Ottawa Public Health reported a total 15,562 laboratory-confirmed cases in Ottawa, while Public Health Ontario reported 15,541 cases.
OTTAWA’S KEY COVID-19 STATISTICS
Ottawa is in “Orange-Restrict” status under Ontario’s COVID-19 framework.
Ottawa Public Health data:
COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 43.7 (Up from 40.1 on Saturday and 36.7 on Friday)
Positivity rate in Ottawa: 2.2 per cent (March 5-11)
Reproduction number: 1.19 (seven day average)
Reproduction values greater than 1 indicate the virus is spreading and each case infects more than one contact. If it is less than 1, it means spread is slowing.
The orange-restrict category of Ontario’s COVID-19 framework includes a weekly rate of cases per 100,000 between 25 to 39.9, a percent positivity of 1.3 to 2.4 per cent, and a reproduction number of approximately 1 to 1.1.
The red-control threshold is a weekly incidence rate of 40 cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of 2.5 per cent.
VACCINES IN OTTAWA
As of March 12:
Vaccine doses administered in Ottawa (first and second shots): 73,009 (up from 3,822 since Wednesday)*
COVID-19 doses received (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna): 80,540
The city received a shipment of 9,360 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, March 8.
*OPH says staff were able to extract additional doses out of several vials, which were given to residents. In a statement on its dashboard, OPH said, “Vaccine inventory is based on an expected 5 dose per vial supply. Occasionally, an additional dose (6th dose) is successfully extracted and administered to clients.”
HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA
There are 36 people in Ottawa-area hospitals with COVID-19 related illnesses, up from 34 on Saturday.
Three people are in the intensive care unit.
Ottawa Public Health is currently migrating its dashboard over to the provincial system, so data on the ages of the people currently in the hospital is unavailable.