Ottawa has the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases per week

OTTAWA – Ottawa Public Health reports the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases per week.

In its COVID-19 dashboard update on Tuesday, OPH reported that 13 more people in Ottawa tested positive for COVID-19 and one more person has died. The last time the numbers were below 20 was on December 8, when 18 new cases were reported.

This is due to changes in data extraction methods at the provincial level, which left Ottawa with a negative case count on Tuesday.

Health Secretary Christine Elliott said the province made the change on Tuesday, which has resulted in an increase in the number of cases reported across Ontario.

Speaking of Newstalk 580 CFRA’s “Ottawa at Work with Leslie Roberts,” Elliott said the numbers are still worrying despite the data adjustment.

“One of the problems with today’s numbers is that there were two divisions that just signed up for our new digital system and there was only a little reorganization and we ended up with an extra two and a half hours for the numbers that need to be counted, that’s one explanation for the higher numbers, “Elliott said. “Even so, we are still monitoring it very closely in some parts of Ontario.”

However, in Ontario’s report, Ottawa’s number fell by nine cases. On Monday, Public Health Ontario announced that the total number of cases in Ottawa since the pandemic began was 9,111. The province now says a total of 9,102 COVID-19 cases have occurred.

Elliott said the province number for Ottawa will be adjusted.

“I think we’ll have a better idea of ​​where the numbers actually are tomorrow,” she said.

OPH emailed CTV News late last week that database realignment was underway, causing data disparities between local and regional health authorities.

“To streamline efforts and align different data sources, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is aligning its database with the provincial database. As expected, there is a transition period as redundant cases are removed and individuals are properly assigned to their jurisdiction outside of Ottawa ( if applicable) “said OPH. “Given several factors, it is often the case that reported numbers from public health units during a given snapshot do not match provincial data. This is mainly due to time delays.”

There have been a total of 9,118 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-10 in the city since the pandemic began, according to OPH.

Ottawa’s death toll from COVID-19 now stands at 387 residents.


Ottawa remains at the Orange Restrict level as part of the reopening in the province. Ottawa entered the restriction stage on November 7th.

The “Orange-Restrict” level applies to areas with a weekly new disease per 100,000 people between 25 and 39.9, a positivity rate between 1.3 and 2.4 percent and a reproductive rate of 1 to 1.1.

Here Ottawa currently stands on these metrics:

  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 30.2

  • Ottawa positivity rate: 1.4 percent (December 7-13)

  • Reproduction number: 1.00 (seven days average)

The “Yellow Protect” level requires a weekly new disease rate per 100,000 people between 10 and 24.9, a positivity rate between 0.5 and 1.2 percent and a reproductive rate of “approximately 1”, depending on the province.


The number of people with active COVID-19 cases in Ottawa fell on Tuesday

There are 364 people with active infections, according to OPH, up from 388 in Monday’s report.

Thirty-six new recoveries were reported Tuesday, bringing Ottawa’s total number of resolved cases to 8,367.

The number of active cases is the total number of laboratory confirmed cases minus the number of resolved cases and deaths. A case is considered resolved 14 days after the symptoms are known or the test result is positive.


The number of people in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 complications remained constant at 23 on Tuesday, however one child under 10 was hospitalized with COVID-19.

There are two people in the intensive care unit.

Of the people in the hospital, one is younger than 10 years old, one is 20 years old, one is 30 years old (this person is in intensive care), one is 40 years old, one is 50 years old, four are forty years old in their 60s , seven are in their 70s and seven are in their 80s (one in intensive care).


Here is a breakdown of all known COVID-19 cases in Ottawa by age category:

  • 0-9 years old: Four new cases (641 cases in total)

  • 10-19 years: One new case (1,064 cases in total)

  • 20-29 years: three new cases (1,897 cases in total)

  • 30-39 years old: three new cases (1,241 cases total)

  • 40-49 years old: No new cases (1,149 cases in total)

  • 50-59 years old: One new case (1,057 total cases)

  • 60-69 years old: No new cases (699 total cases)

  • 70-79 years old: One new case (455 total cases)

  • 80-89 years old: No new cases (541 cases in total)

  • Over 90 years old: No new cases (374 cases in total)


The number of COVID-19 tests conducted in Ontario on Monday was low compared to the previous days at 39,566. According to Public Health Ontario, 45,770 COVID-19 tests are currently being studied.

Updated local numbers from the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce are due this afternoon.


Public Health Ontario reported the following in Health Units in Eastern Ontario on Tuesday.

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 11 new cases

  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 4 new cases

  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington Public Health: 5 new cases

  • Leeds District Health Unit, Grenville & Lanark: 3 new cases

  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 2 new cases

Quebec health authorities reported 34 new cases of COVID-19 in the Outaouais region, which includes Gatineau. On Monday, the Outaouais local health unit announced that two more parts of the area will move to Quebec’s highest level of COVID-19 alert on Thursday.


Ottawa Public Health reports COVID-19 outbreaks in 19 facilities in Ottawa, including nursing homes, retirement homes, daycare centers, hospitals and schools.

No new outbreaks were reported and no active outbreaks ended on Tuesday.

There are three active community outbreaks, all of which are linked to unidentified jobs.

The schools and childcare rooms currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. École élémentaire catholique d’enseignment personnalisé Lamoureux

  2. École élémentaire catholique Roger-Saint-Denis

  3. Featherston Drive Public School

  4. Pleasant Park Public School

  5. St. Catherine School

The nursing homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and other areas where outbreaks are currently occurring include:

  1. Association of Integration Sociale d’Ottawa – 21034

  2. Bridlewood Trails retirement home

  3. Center d’Accueil Champlain

  4. Courtyards on Eagleson

  5. Extendicare New Orchard Lodge

  6. Extendicare Starwood

  7. Forest Hill Long Term Nursing Home

  8. Group home – 22525

  9. Group home – 22562

  10. Maison Accueil-Sagesse

  11. Manotick Place retirement home

  12. Montfort Hospital – 3C

  13. St. Louis residence

  14. The Ottawa Hospital General Campus – 5E

A single laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident or employee of a nursing home, retirement home or animal shelter triggers an outbreak response, according to Ottawa Public Health. In childcare, a single confirmed, symptomatic case triggers an outbreak in an employee, a day care center at home or a child.

According to provincial guidelines, a school COVID-19 outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and / or staff of a school with an epidemiological link within a 14-day period, with at least one present Case could reasonably have acquired her infection in school (including transportation and before or after school care).