Ottawa’s hospitals are nearly COVID-19 free.
On Friday, hospitals reported zero COVID-19 cases in intensive care and now Ottawa Public Health is reporting a single COVID-19 patient is currently hospitalized.
This comes amid a bump in cases compared to the last two days, with 14 new confirmed infections.
No new deaths due to COVID-19 were reported in Ottawa on Saturday.
To date, Ottawa has seen 27,693 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 591 resident deaths since the pandemic began.
Twenty-one more cases are considered resolved, pushing Ottawa’s number of active cases to a level not seen since the start of the first wave in March 2020.
The City of Ottawa said on Twitter Saturday morning that 40 per cent of all adults 18 and older in Ottawa were fully vaccinated.
Across the province, health officials confirmed another 209 infections and said another nine Ontarians have died due to COVID-19. There are 262 more resolved cases across the province. Public Health Ontario added 11 cases to its total for Ottawa on Saturday. Figures from OPH often differ from those provided by Public Health Ontario because the two health agencies pull data for their daily reports at different times of the day.
Across the region, only one new case was officially reported in the Renfrew County and District Health Unit. The province removed seven cases from its total for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and removed one from the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health total. No new cases were reported in the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health region or in the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit’s region.
OTTAWA’S KEY COVID-19 STATISTICS
Step Two of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen plan began at 12:01 a.m. June 30.
Ottawa Public Health data:
- COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (June 25 to July 1): 4.5 (down from 4.6)
- Positivity rate in Ottawa (June 25 to July 1): 0.5 per cent
- Reproduction number (seven day average): 0.71
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.
COVID-19 VACCINES IN OTTAWA
Ottawa Public Health updates vaccine numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
As of July 2:
- Ottawa residents with 1 dose (12+): 731,735
- Ottawa residents with 2 doses (12+): 302,943
- Share of population 12 and older with at least one dose: 79 per cent
- Share of population 12 and older fully vaccinated: 36 per cent
- Total doses received in Ottawa: 976,570
*Total doses received does not include doses shipped to pharmacies and primary care clinics, but statistics on Ottawa residents with one or two doses includes anyone with an Ottawa postal code who was vaccinated anywhere in Ontario.
ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA
The number of known active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa is the lowest it’s been since the first wave in 2020.
There are 56 active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday, down from 63 active cases on Friday.
OPH reported that 21 more people recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. The total number of resolved cases of coronavirus in Ottawa is now 27,046.
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.
HOSPITALIZATIONS IN OTTAWA
Ottawa Public Health reported one person in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 related illnesses on Saturday, down from two on Friday.
There are no patients in the intensive care unit.
Hospitalizations (and ICU admissions) by age category:
- 0-9: 0
- 10-19: 0
- 20-29: 0
- 30-39: 0
- 40-49: 0
- 50-59: 0
- 60-69: 0
- 70-79: 0
- 80-89: 1
- 90+: 0
These data are based on figures from Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, which refer to residents of Ottawa and do not include patient transfers from other regions.
VARIANTS OF CONCERN
Ottawa Public Health data*:
- Total Alpha (B.1.1.7) cases: 6,635 (+1)
- Total Beta (B.1.351) cases: 393
- Total Gamma (P.1) cases: 33
- Total Delta (B.1.617.2) cases: 23
- Percent of new cases with variant/mutation in last 30 days: 52 per cent
- Total variants of concern/mutation cases: 7,695 (+2)
- Deaths linked to variants/mutations: 87
*OPH notes that that VOC and mutation trends must be treated with caution due to the varying time required to complete VOC testing and/or genomic analysis following the initial positive test for SARS-CoV-2. Test results may be completed in batches and data corrections or updates can result in changes to case counts that may differ from past reports.
COVID-19 CASES IN OTTAWA BY AGE CATEGORY
- 0-9 years old: Three new cases (2,286 total cases)
- 10-19 years-old: Three new cases (3,559 total cases)
- 20-29 years-old: Three new case (6,226 total cases)
- 30-39 years-old: One new case (4,232 total cases)
- 40-49 years-old: Two new cases (3,633 total cases)
- 50-59 years-old: Three new cases (3,326 total cases)
- 60-69-years-old: Zero new cases (1,958 total cases)
- 70-79 years-old: Zero new cases (1,092 total cases)
- 80-89 years-old: Zero new cases (858 total cases)
- 90+ years old: Zero new cases (520 total cases)
- Unknown: Zero new cases (3 cases total)
CASES OF COVID-19 AROUND THE REGION
- Eastern Ontario Health Unit: Seven cases removed from total
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: Zero new cases
- Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: One case removed from total
- Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: Zero new cases
- Renfrew County and District Health Unit: One new case
- Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): The Quebec government no longer provides daily COVID-19 figures on weekends.
Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.
Active community outbreaks are:
- Social Event – Private: One outbreak
- Workplace – Retail: One outbreak
The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:
- No outbreaks in child care and school spaces
The long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and other spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:
- Shelter A-18110 (June 13)
As of April 7, two cases of COVID-19 in a resident or staff member of a long-term care home, retirement home with an with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the facility is considered an outbreak in a long-term care home or retirement home. One laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member or resident of other institutions such as shelters, group homes, is considered an outbreak. In childcare settings, two children or staff or household member cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within a 14-day period where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the childcare establishment is considered an outbreak in a childcare establishment.
No changes expected as COVID-19 cases surge in Central Okanagan: Kelowna airport – Revelstoke Review – Revelstoke Review
With new restrictions announced specifically for the Central Okanagan today (July 28), the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) said they are not expecting any changes to their operations.
Senior manager of airport operations Phillip Elchitz said that with the COVID-19 safety plan already in place at YLW, they don’t expect much more to change.
Elchitz also said that they’re not expecting much impact on passenger numbers because of the new restrictions.
“YLW is not anticipating a reduction in commercial scheduled flights as a result of the new provincial health guidelines specific to the Central Okanagan,” he said.
“YLW currently has a mandatory mask policy in place for all areas of the Air Terminal Building and on aircrafts due to Transport Canada requirements.”
Individual passenger temperature is also checked just before they go through security as an added safety measure.
Earlier in the afternoon on July 28, the province announced that masks will be mandatory again in indoor public spaces throughout the Central Okanagan, which includes Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country.
The province is also discouraging non-essential travel to and from the Central Okanagan, especially for those who are not vaccinated or who don’t have both doses yet.
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The mayor of Calgary says it’s the “height of insanity” that Alberta is moving ahead with removing almost all of its remaining COVID-19 public health orders, even as cases climb in the province.
Alberta has ended isolation requirements for close contacts of people who test positive and contact tracers will no longer notify them of their exposure. The province has also ended asymptomatic testing.
Further measures are to be eliminated Aug. 16. People who test positive will no longer be required to isolate. Isolation hotels will close as quarantine supports end.
“It is inconceivable to me. It is the height of insanity to say we don’t even know what’s happening,” Nenshi said Thursday.
“It is putting the health of Albertans at risk. To stop contact tracing, to stop testing people for the coronavirus and to become one of the first _ if not the first — jurisdictions in the world to say that people who have tested positive, who are infectious, can just go about their lives.”
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Naheed Nenshi, who was making an announcement at the Calgary airport, said if he were in another jurisdiction he would be thinking hard whether to put travel restrictions on Albertans starting Aug. 16.
“I’m aware of no science that backs this up. It is clear for the last month or so on this file (that) our government has been grasping and struggling, just trying to get some good news out of something,” he said.
“To say we don’t want to know who has the coronavirus, we don’t want to track outbreaks. Even the most fervent of the anti-maskers wouldn’t say (to) unleash people who are actually infectious into the population.”
Nenshi said he worries that the decision to lift the health orders is politically motivated and has nothing to do with science at all.
“The only possible explanation here is a political one. It might be that they’ve run out of money, but you know what? Don’t spend $1.5 billion on a pipeline you know isn’t going to get built if you’re running out of money.”
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Businesses, tourism sector worried about impact of local virus restrictions in Central Okanagan – Kelowna News – Castanet.net
Come to the Central Okanagan, but only if you’re fully vaccinated.
That is the message from the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) and Tourism Kelowna after the provincial government announced new local steps Wednesday to try and lower COVID-19 cases.
A new regional mask policy was announced by Interior Health after 240 new cases of the virus were identified among Central Okanagan residents in the last week.
Along with the indoor mask mandate, the province is now discouraging non-essential travel into and out of the Central Okanagan for people who are not immunized.
TOTA says after an extremely tough 15 months they are concerned about how it might affect the industry, but she says it is a necessary step.
‘’I think the bigger concern is that if we don’t address it now and get things under control we will continue to lose ground. We have done so well up until now. I think that doing this to make sure that we nip it in the bud and we get a good rest of the summer and fall is very important,” said senior vice president Ellen Walker-Matthews.
Tourism Kelowna president and CEO Lisanne Ballantyne says the change will likely impact frontline staff the most.
“We know especially with having dealt with the haze and smoke recently that this is going to have an impact on our tourism businesses. Primarily it is going to be our frontline staff I’m afraid. These are the folks who are dealing with the public every day, and because this health order is only for the Central Okanagan, many travellers don’t realize that it is in effect and it is the frontline staff that have to do the education.”
The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce says the regional mandate has also caused some confusion amongst businesses.
“Earlier this year we were loud and clear along with chambers across the Interior when our numbers were extremely low we petitioned the province to do regional decision making because the rates were so high in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley they introduced the circuit breaker,” said Kelowna Chamber of Commerce president Dan Rogers.
“When they did that it had a massive impact on our businesses even though our rates were low. The line we heard from the province at that time was all of our decisions would be made province-wide and there won’t be any regionally based decision making. Now they have flip-flopped,” Rogers added.
The Interior’s vaccination rate is slightly lower than the provincial average, with 60 per cent of eligible people having received both doses, compared to B.C.’s 63.2 per cent.
Interior Health did not announce an end date for the new measure but says it will be in place for “at least 14 days.
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