Coronavirus Canada Updates: Number of COVID-19 patients in ICU doubles as cases surge in Ottawa

Coronavirus Canada Updates: Number of COVID-19 patients in ICU doubles as cases surge in Ottawa
Coronavirus Canada Updates: Number of COVID-19 patients in ICU doubles as cases surge in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health says 184 more people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19 and the number of people in intensive care with the disease has doubled.

OPH’s COVID-19 dasboard shows a total of 10,368 lab-confirmed cases in Ottawa since the pandemic began.

No new deaths were reported in Ottawa on Sunday, leaving the city’s death toll from the pandemic at 392 residents.

The new cases also bring the per capita rate of cases in the last seven days to more than 60 per 100,000 population and the estimated reproduction number–the number of people each person with the virus infects–has surged to a seven-day average of 1.47. A reproduction number above 1 suggests the virus is spreading more quickly.

Across the province, 2,964 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported, along with 25 additional deaths related to the disease. Public Health Ontario reported 100 new COVID-19 cases in Ottawa on Sunday.

This follows a record-breaking day for Ontario’s COVID-19 case count on Saturday.


A province-wide lockdown went into effect on Dec. 26, 2020.

Ottawa Public Health data:

COVID-19 cases per 100,000: 60.8 cases
Positivity rate in Ottawa: 3.9 per cent (Dec. 23-Dec. 29)
Reproduction number: 1.46 (seven day average)


There are 12 people in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 complications, and half of them are in intensive care.

The number of people in the ICU doubled Sunday from three to six.

Of the people in hospital, two are in their 20s, one is in their 50s (this person is in the ICU), four are in their 60s (three in the ICU), three are in their 70s (two in the ICU), and two are in their 80s.

The number of people in Ottawa with active COVID-19 infections has surpassed 700 for the first time since November.

OPH reported 764 active cases on Sunday, up from 631 on Saturday.

Fifty-one people have had their COVID-19 cases resolve, bringing the city’s number of resolved cases to 9,212.

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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