Ottawa adds 127 new COVID-19 cases on Monday for more than 1,000 in past week

OTTAWA —
Ottawa Public Health says 127 more people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19, another triple-digit case count for the city.

One new death related to COVID-19 was also reported in Ottawa today.

In the past week, the city has added more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases to its pandemic total. There have been only two days in January to date where OPH has reported fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19.

This comes as Ontario reports more than 3,300 new cases provincewide and 29 new deaths, pushing the provincewide death toll from the pandemic to more than 5,000. The province reported 159 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa. 

Figures from OPH have differed from the province’s, sometimes significantly, in recent days, which OPH says is due to differences in when data is pulled for each respective daily update. On Saturday, OPH said its team adjusted its data pulling time locally to help cut down on the discrepancies with the provincial reports.

According to Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 11,505 total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city since the pandemic began last March. OPH says 398 residents of Ottawa have died of COVID-19.

The number of active cases in the city continues its record-breaking rise, but the increase slowed significantly on Monday, driven by a large number of resolved cases. The testing positivity rate has also decreased slightly.

However, the city’s rate of new cases per capita is still going up.

OTTAWA’S COVID-19 KEY STATISTICS

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:

  1. COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 95.8 cases
  2. Positivity rate in Ottawa: 4.6 per cent (Jan. 4 – Jan. 10)
  3. Reproduction number: 1.12 (seven day average) 

ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA

The number of people with active infections of COVID-19 has increased by five to 1,207, as it continues its trend of reaching record-breaking heights.

However, this is much lower rate of increase compared to the weekend, when more than 200 new active infections were recorded.

OPH says 121 more people have had their cases of COVID-19 resolve, bringing the city’s number of resolved cases to 9,900.

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.

VACCINES

Ontario administered 8,859 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday and had given out 122,105 doses across the province as of 8 p.m. Sunday. The province says 5,884 people have so far received both doses of the vaccine.

Health Canada says the province had received 196,125 total doses of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as of Jan. 7

The Ottawa Hospital said Friday a total of 11,000 doses had been administered locally, but they announced a pause in vaccination appointments over the weekend due to a dwindling supply.

“After Saturday, the clinic is expected to be paused and resume operations towards the end of next week. The remaining vaccine doses available will be provided to (long-term care) residents as a priority, and individuals requiring second doses to ensure they receive their vaccine within the 21 to 28 days period, as per Pfizer requirements,” a statement from the Ottawa Hospital said.

TESTING

Ontario health officials say 46,403 COVID-19 tests were completed on Sunday across the province and 28,774 tests remain under investigation.

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce will have an update on local testing figures this afternoon.

CASES OF COVID-19 AROUND THE REGION

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 69 new cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 5 new cases
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: 5 new cases
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 4 new cases
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 7 new cases
  • Outaouais region: 18 new cases

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