Coronavirus Canada Updates: Active COVID-19 cases in Ottawa reach new high

New Brunswick reports two new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, entire province moves to yellow level
New Brunswick reports two new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, entire province moves to yellow level

Ottawa Public Health says 179 more people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19 following a one-day drop in new cases.

On Tuesday, Ottawa Public Health reported 63 new cases, the lowest figure of daily cases so far this month.

Reporting from OPH and the province often differs due to different data collection times. Ontario reported 159 new cases in Ottawa today.

Across the province, Ontario health officials reported 2,961 new cases of COVID-19 and 74 new deaths.

According to Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 11,747 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began.

No new deaths were reported Wednesday, leaving the city’s pandemic death toll at 398 residents.

The weekly per capita rate of new infections is on the rise, as is the number of active cases. ICU admissions have also increased. OPH reported a slight drop in the weekly positivity rate and the weekly estimated reproduction number.

A province-wide lockdown went into effect on Dec. 26, 2020. Ottawa Public Health moved Ottawa into its red zone last week.

Ottawa Public Health data:

COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 97.8 cases
Positivity rate in Ottawa: 4.5 per cent (Jan. 6 – Jan. 12)
Reproduction number: 1.03 (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.


Ontario health officials say 11,231 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered across the province on Tuesday and 144,784 doses have been administered in total. The province says 8,778 people have received both shots and have completed their vaccination.

Ontario had received 196,025 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Jan. 7, according to Health Canada.

The Ottawa Hospital said Tuesday that 16,575 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered locally.

A new shipment of 5,850 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived at the Ottawa Hospital on Wednesday.

“Some of these doses will be given to Ottawa Public Health, to continue vaccinating residents in long-term care homes. The remainder will be used to provide second doses to those who need them,” the Ottawa Hospital said in a statement.


The number of people in Ottawa with known active cases of COVID-19 has risen to 1,217, marking a new record high for the city.

It had fallen to 1,154 yesterday on a low case count and a high number of new resolved cases.

OPH reported 119 new resolved cases in Ottawa today, bringing the city’s total to 10,132.

The number of active cases is the number of total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 minus the numbers of resolved cases and deaths. A case is considered resolved 14 days after known symptom onset or positive test result.


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