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Daily COVID-19 case count drops in Ottawa, but hospitalizations remain unchanged

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Ontario health officials are reporting a big drop in new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ottawa.

In Wednesday’s epidemiologic report, the province reported 39 cases of COVID-19, the lowest number so far in October, lower than the 54 cases reported on Oct. 11.

Ontario is reporting 721 cases of #COVID19 as over 32,200 tests were completed. Locally, there are 270 new cases in Toronto, 170 new cases in Peel and 79 in York Region. There are 783 more resolved cases.

— Christine Elliott (@celliottability)
October 14, 2020

However, in its daily COVID-19 dashboard update, Ottawa Public Health issued a revised figure of 45 new cases, still the lowest so far in October, but slightly higher than what the province reported.

The new cases in Ottawa are among 721 new cases reported across Ontario, with a majority in the Toronto, York, and Peel regions.

According to Ottawa Public Health, there have been 5,707 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began.

No new deaths were reported on Wednesday. The death toll from COVID-19 in Ottawa stands at 297 residents.

HOSPITALIZATIONS

No new hospitalizations were reported on Wednesday, but the number remains at its highest level since mid-May.

OPH says there are 48 people in hospital with COVID-19 complications and 10 people in intensive care.

Of the people currently in the hospital, 10 are 90 years old or older (1 in ICU), five are in their 80s (1 in ICU), 14 are in their 70s (3 in ICU), 11 are in their 60s (4 in ICU), six are in their 50s (1 ICU), and two are in their 40s.

New monitoring figures from OPH show 99 per cent of acute hospital beds are occupied across the hospital system as of Oct. 12, down from 101 per cent on Oct. 7. Forty-four per cent if ICU beds are occupied and 16 per cent of ICU ventilator beds are occupied.

 

TESTING

Ontario performed 32,206 tests in the past 24 hours. The provincial backlog is 26,558, a slight increase over the backlog of 24,420 reported on Tuesday.

The Ottawa COVID-19 testing task force provided an update on testing figures for Oct. 13, including the backlog of tests remaining in Ottawa.

The task force said 2,067 swabs were taken at testing facilities in Ottawa on Oct. 13 and local labs processed 2,960 tests. The testing backlog jumped to 1,602 tests, after the task force reported it was down to 324 tests on Oct. 12.

ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA

The number of known active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa dropped on Wednesday driven by a large number of new recoveries and an overall low number of new infections.

OPH says it is aware of 769 active cases of COVID-19 currently in Ottawa, down from 839 in Tuesday’s report.

115 more people have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the city’s recovery rate to 4,641 cases since the pandemic began.

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

 

CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA BY AGE CATEGORY

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

  • 0-9 years old: 3 new cases (359 cases total)
  • 10-19 years-old: 6 new cases (579 cases total)
  • 20-29 years-old: 9 new cases (1,259 cases total)
  • 30-39 years-old: 6 new cases (773 cases total)
  • 40-49 years-old: 7 new cases (724 cases total)
  • 50-59 years-old: 7 new cases (648 cases total)
  • 60-69-years-old: 2 new cases (452 cases total)
  • 70-79 years-old: 2 new cases (299 cases total)
  • 80-89 years-old: 3 new cases (362 cases total)
  • 90+ years old: 1 new case (249 cases total)

The ages of three cases are still unknown.

INSTITUTIONAL OUTBREAKS

Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 73 institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.

Three additional schools were placed in outbreak status: École élémentaire Catholique Saint-Joseph-d’Orléans, St. Jerome Catholic School, and St. Joseph High School.

The outbreak at Garneau high school has ended.

There are three active community outbreaks at unidentified workplaces.

The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. Abraar Elementary School
  2. Adult High School ESL Childcare Program
  3. Andrew Fleck Children’s Services – 2020-10-05
  4. Andrew Fleck Children’s Services – 2020-10-06
  5. Andrew Fleck Children’s Services – 2020-10-07
  6. Andrew Fleck Children’s Services – 2020-10-12
  7. Centre parascholaire Alpha
  8. Children’s Village of Ottawa Carleton (4)
  9. Dalhousie Parents Daycare
  10. École élémentaire Catholique Horizon-Jeunesse
  11. École élémentaire Catholique Sainte-Kateri
  12. École élémentaire Catholique Sainte-Marie
  13. École élémentaire Catholique Saint-Joseph-d’Orléans (NEW)
  14. École élémentaire publique Seraphin Marion
  15. École publique Le Transit Le CAP
  16. École secondaire Catholique Franco-Cité
  17. École secondaire publique Louis-Riel
  18. Garderie Tunney’s Daycare
  19. La Coccinelle – Reine Des Bois
  20. Matreshka Child Care Centre (NEW)
  21. Service A L’Enfance Aladin, St-Anne
  22. St. Jerome Catholic School (NEW)
  23. St. Joseph High School (NEW)
  24. St. Luke School

The long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and other spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:

  1. Association pour intégration sociale d’Ottawa – 2
  2. Association pour intégration sociale d’Ottawa – 3
  3. Association pour intégration sociale d’Ottawa – 4
  4. Association pour intégration sociale d’Ottawa – 5
  5. Association pour intégration sociale d’Ottawa – 6
  6. Bairn Croft Residential Services – Oct. 5
  7. Bairn Croft Residential Services – French Hill Residence
  8. Bridlewood Trails
  9. Carlingview Manor
  10. Centre d’accueil Champlain
  11. Christian Horizons 9
  12. Cité Parkway Retirement Residence
  13. Colonel By retirement home
  14. Edinburgh Retirement Home
  15. Emergency Housing West
  16. Extendicare Medex
  17. Extendicare New Orchard Lodge
  18. Fairfield Retirement Home
  19. Forest Hill (NEW)
  20. Garry J. Armstrong
  21. Governor’s Walk (NEW)
  22. Jardin Royal Garden (NEW)
  23. Laurier Manor
  24. Longfields Manor
  25. Madonna Care Community
  26. Manoir Marochel
  27. Montfort Hospital “3e Santé Mental”
  28. Montfort Hospital “4C Med”
  29. New Edinburgh Square Chartwell
  30. The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus ER
  31. Perley Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre – Gatineau Building
  32. Peter D. Clark
  33. Prince of Wales Manor
  34. Promenade Retirement Residence
  35. The Ravines retirement home
  36. Rideau Place
  37. Rooming House
  38. Royal Ottawa Place long-term care home
  39. Sisters of Charity retirement home
  40. St. Patrick’s Home
  41. St. Vincent Hospital 5 North
  42. Starwood
  43. Tamir Foundation
  44. Waterford Retirement Community
  45. Welcome Home Residence
  46. West End Villa
  47. Westwood Building 1 retirement home
  48. Wildpine Retirement Home (NEW)
  49. Windsor Park retirement home

A single laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident or staff member of a long-term care home, retirement home or shelter triggers an outbreak response, according to Ottawa Public Health. In childcare settings, a single confirmed, symptomatic case in a staff member, home daycare provider, or child triggers an outbreak.

Under provincial guidelines, a COVID-19 outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care).

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COVID-19: Central zone active cases up Monday – Lacombe Express – Lacombe Express

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Alberta confirmed 1,440 COVID-19 cases from over the weekend and seven additional deaths.

The cases are: 364 on Friday, 572 on Saturday and 504 on Sunday. The Saturday case number is another record for the province.

That’s identifying, on average, 480 COVID-19 cases over the weekend, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health.

She said one of the challenges is to find a balance between minimizing the risk of COVID-19 and minimizing the risk of harms of restrictions.

“This requires us to keep the spread of COVID-19 manageable. We’ve now crossed a tipping point and are losing the balance we’ve been seeking,” said Hinshaw.

The government imposed new temporary mandatory limits Monday – of 15 people – at most social gatherings for the City of Calgary and Edmonton.

In total, 118 people in Alberta are in hospitals with 16 in intensive care.

The total number of active cases in the province sat at 4,477 Monday afternoon up 826 from Friday’s 3,651.

The number of active cases in the central zone jumped to 162 from Friday’s 126. There are three people in hospital in the local zone with none in intensive care.

To date, there have been 953 COVID-19 cases confirmed in the local zone with 783 recoveries.

The deaths were in Edmonton and Calgary zones. The virus-death toll is at 307.

The City of Red Deer’s active cases sits at 39 up from Friday’s 31.

A letter was sent Monday to families alerting them of a positive case of the virus at Gateway Christian School in Red Deer.

On Monday, Red Deer’s Hunting Hills High School was on province’s watch list.

Red Deer County had 10 active cases Monday afternoon, two in Town of Sylvan Lake, six in Lacombe County, one in the City of Lacombe, 45 in Ponoka County, two in County of Wetaskiwin, and 11 in City of Wetaskiwin.

There were two active cases in the Town of Olds, three in Clearwater County, five in Kneehill County, four in Camrose County, six in City of Camrose and one in Town of Drumheller.

There are no active cases in Mountain View County, Starland County and County of Stettler.

One of the challenges of the increasing active case numbers is it creates pressure on COVID-19 response including contact-tracing, said Hinshaw.

She said Alberta is also challenged between polarizing views on the virus: on one hand “we have to drive to zero cases” and on another “COVID is a mild illness for most so we should let it spread freely and pursue herd immunity.”

“COVID is a novel disease that is not just the flu,” Hinshaw said. “It has the ability to overwhelm our health system and weaken essential services if we let it do so.”

She encouraged Albertans to maintain respectful dialogue and to not let COVID-19 divide the province.



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Alberta confirmed 1,440 COVID-19 cases from over the weekend and seven additional deaths.

The cases are: 364 on Friday, 572 on Saturday and 504 on Sunday. The Saturday case number is another record for the province.

That’s identifying, on average, 480 COVID-19 cases over the weekend, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health.

She said one of the challenges is to find a balance between minimizing the risk of COVID-19 and minimizing the risk of harms of restrictions.

“This requires us to keep the spread of COVID-19 manageable. We’ve now crossed a tipping point and are losing the balance we’ve been seeking,” said Hinshaw.

The government imposed new temporary mandatory limits Monday – of 15 people – at most social gatherings for the City of Calgary and Edmonton.

In total, 118 people in Alberta are in hospitals with 16 in intensive care.

The total number of active cases in the province sat at 4,477 Monday afternoon up 826 from Friday’s 3,651.

The number of active cases in the central zone jumped to 162 from Friday’s 126. There are three people in hospital in the local zone with none in intensive care.

To date, there have been 953 COVID-19 cases confirmed in the local zone with 783 recoveries.

The deaths were in Edmonton and Calgary zones. The virus-death toll is at 307.

The City of Red Deer’s active cases sits at 39 up from Friday’s 31.

A letter was sent Monday to families alerting them of a positive case of the virus at Gateway Christian School in Red Deer.

On Monday, Red Deer’s Hunting Hills High School was on province’s watch list.

Red Deer County had 10 active cases Monday afternoon, two in Town of Sylvan Lake, six in Lacombe County, one in the City of Lacombe, 45 in Ponoka County, two in County of Wetaskiwin, and 11 in City of Wetaskiwin.

There were two active cases in the Town of Olds, three in Clearwater County, five in Kneehill County, four in Camrose County, six in City of Camrose and one in Town of Drumheller.

There are no active cases in Mountain View County, Starland County and County of Stettler.

One of the challenges of the increasing active case numbers is it creates pressure on COVID-19 response including contact-tracing, said Hinshaw.

She said Alberta is also challenged between polarizing views on the virus: on one hand “we have to drive to zero cases” and on another “COVID is a mild illness for most so we should let it spread freely and pursue herd immunity.”

“COVID is a novel disease that is not just the flu,” Hinshaw said. “It has the ability to overwhelm our health system and weaken essential services if we let it do so.”

She encouraged Albertans to maintain respectful dialogue and to not let COVID-19 divide the province.



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There were 1,440 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Alberta over the weekend. That prompted Dr. Deena Hinshaw to re-introduce limits of 15 people or less at social gatherings, saying we have now “crossed a tipping point.” Julia Wong has the details from Monday’s health update.

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