Coronavirus Canada Updates: COVID-19 trends in Ottawa tick up slightly on Sunday; 73 new cases and 2 new deaths

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Ottawa Public Health says 73 more people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19 and two more people have died.

There were 1,489 new cases reported across Ontario. The province also reported 22 new deaths provincewide and 1,937 newly resolved cases of COVID-19. The province reported 57 new cases in Ottawa. Case counts from the province and from Ottawa Public Health differ due to different data collection times.

Ottawa had been seeing a downward trend in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, with rolling averages dropping. However, in Sunday’s update some rolling averages increased slightly.

OPH’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that there have been 13,670 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began and 424 residents have died.

The weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 population, which fell below 30 on Saturday, ticked back up to 32 on Sunday and the estimated reproduction number is slightly above 1, suggesting viral spread is increasing.

The number of known active cases also increased on Sunday, but remains below 500.

OTTAWA’S COVID-19 KEY STATISTICS
Ottawa Public Health moved Ottawa into its red zone in early January.

A provincial stay-at-home order has been in effect since Jan. 14, 2021.

Ottawa Public Health data:

COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 32.7 (up from 29.6 cases on Saturday, 30.5 cases on Friday and 31.8 cases on Thursday)
Positivity rate in Ottawa: 1.6 per cent (Jan. 29 to Feb. 4)
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.

VACCINES

Vaccine doses administered in Ottawa (first and second shots): 28,567*
Vaccine doses delivered to Ottawa: 30,225

*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.”

ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA

The number of people with known active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa increased to 470 on Sunday from 450 on Saturday. It had been dropping steadily since Jan. 16, when it peaked at nearly 1,300 cases.

OPH reported 51 newly resolved cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday, for a total of 12,776.

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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