Ottawa Public Health says 73 more people in Ottawa have tested positive for COVID-19 and two more people have died.
There were 1,489 new cases reported across Ontario. The province also reported 22 new deaths provincewide and 1,937 newly resolved cases of COVID-19. The province reported 57 new cases in Ottawa. Case counts from the province and from Ottawa Public Health differ due to different data collection times.
Ottawa had been seeing a downward trend in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, with rolling averages dropping. However, in Sunday’s update some rolling averages increased slightly.
OPH’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that there have been 13,670 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began and 424 residents have died.
The weekly rate of new cases per 100,000 population, which fell below 30 on Saturday, ticked back up to 32 on Sunday and the estimated reproduction number is slightly above 1, suggesting viral spread is increasing.
The number of known active cases also increased on Sunday, but remains below 500.
OTTAWA’S COVID-19 KEY STATISTICS
Ottawa Public Health moved Ottawa into its red zone in early January.
A provincial stay-at-home order has been in effect since Jan. 14, 2021.
Ottawa Public Health data:
- COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (previous seven days): 32.7 (up from 29.6 cases on Saturday, 30.5 cases on Friday and 31.8 cases on Thursday)
- Positivity rate in Ottawa: 1.6 per cent (Jan. 29 to Feb. 4)
- Reproduction number: 1.03 (seven day average)
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.
As of Feb. 5
- Vaccine doses administered in Ottawa (first and second shots): 28,567*
- Vaccine doses delivered to Ottawa: 30,225
*OPH says staff were able to extract additional doses out of several vials, which were given to residents. In a statement on its dashboard, OPH said, “Vaccine inventory is based on an expected 5 dose per vial supply. Occasionally, an additional dose (6th dose) is successfully extracted and administered to clients.”
ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA
The number of people with known active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa increased to 470 on Sunday from 450 on Saturday. It had been dropping steadily since Jan. 16, when it peaked at nearly 1,300 cases.
OPH reported 51 newly resolved cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Sunday, for a total of 12,776.
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
There are 23 people in local hospitals with COVID-19, down from 26 on Saturday. Six people remain in intensive care.
Of the people in hospital, one is in their 40s (this person is in the ICU), four are in their 50s, four are in their 60s (three are in the ICU), three are in their 70s (one is in the ICU), seven are in their 80s (one is in the ICU), and four are 90 or older.
Ontario health officials say 51,658 COVID-19 tests were completed across the province on Saturday and 16,539 tests remain under investigation.
The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce said Friday that 1,029 swabs were taken at local assessment centres on Thursday and labs performed 6,695 tests. The next update for local testing figures will be on Monday, Feb. 8.
Ottawa’s testing positivity rate for the week of Jan. 29 to Feb. 4 was 1.6 per cent.
CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA BY AGE CATEGORY
- 0-9 years old: Zero new cases (992 total cases)
- 10-19 years-old: Three new cases (1,687 total cases)
- 20-29 years-old: 16 new cases (2,921 total cases)
- 30-39 years-old: 15 new cases (1,904 total cases)
- 40-49 years-old: 14 new cases (1,788 total cases)
- 50-59 years-old: 15 new cases (1,648 total cases)
- 60-69-years-old: Eight new cases (1,001 total cases)
- 70-79 years-old: Zero new cases (610 total cases)
- 80-89 years-old: Two new cases (677 total cases)
- 90+ years old: Zero new cases (439 total cases)
The ages of three people with COVID-19 are unknown.
CASES OF COVID-19 AROUND THE REGION
- Eastern Ontario Health Unit: Two new cases
- Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: One new case
- Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Public Health: One new case
- Renfrew County and District Health Unit: Two new cases
- CISSS de l’Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 18 new cases
Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 25 institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.
Three new outbreaks were declared on Sunday, at the Montfort Long-term Care Centre, the Edingburgh Retirement Residence, and a shelter.
An outbreak at an Andrew Fleck home daycare location has ended.
There are two active community outbreaks, linked to a health workplace and a warehouse.
The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:
- Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
- Centre educatif La Clementine (École Marie-Curie)
- Cornerstone Children’s Centre
- Greely Elementary School
- Playtime Daycare Centre – Licensed Childcare
The long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, and other spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:
- Garden Terrace
- Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home
- Group Home – 29052
- Group Home – 32432
- Heritage Retirement
- Manoir Marochel
- Montfort Long-term Care Centre (NEW)
- Oakpark Retirement Community
- Residence St. Louis
- Richmond Care Home
- Shelter – 28778
- Shelter – 29677
- Shelter – 29770
- Shelter – 29860
- Shelter – 32296
- Shelter – 32620 (NEW)
- St. Patrick’s Home
- The Edinburgh Retirement Residence (NEW)
- Valley Stream Retirement Residence
- Villa Marconi
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).
Potential COVID exposure at multiple businesses and on Halifax Transit routes – HalifaxToday.ca
Nova Scotia Health Public Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 at one location in Western Zone, four locations in Central Zone and various Halifax Transit routes. In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here: http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures.
Anyone who worked at or visited the following locations on the specified dates and times should immediately visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.
Regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, those present at the following location on the named date and time are required to self-isolate while waiting for their test result. If you get a negative result, you do not need to keep self-isolating. If you get a positive result, you will be contacted by Public Health about what to do next.
- Callister’s Country Kitchen (7076 Highway 1 Coldbrook) on Feb. 15 between 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 1.
- Hop Scotch Dinner Club (1537 Barrington St, Halifax) on Feb. 19 between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 5.
For the following locations, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 you are required to self-isolate while you wait for your test result. If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your test result.
- Bishop’s Cellar (1477 Lower Water St, Halifax) on Feb. 19 between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 5.
- Sobeys Timberlea (65 Market Way Ln, Timberlea) on Feb. 21 between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 7.
- Superstore Sackville (745 Sackville Dr, Lower Sackville) on Feb. 21 between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 7.
Various Halifax Transit bus routes:
- Route 159 Portland Hills from Portland to Scotia Square on Feb. 18 between 5:30 p.m. between 6:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 4.
- Route 61 Auburn/North Preston from Portland to Scotia Square on Feb. 18 between 5:30 p.m. between 6:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 4.
- Route 14 Leiblin Park from Scotia Square to Mumford on Feb. 18 between 5:30 p.m. between 6:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 4.
- Route 1 Spring Garden from Mumford to Scotia Square on Feb. 19 between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 5.
- Route 159 Portland Hills from Scotia Square to Portland on Feb. 19 between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 5.
- Route 61 Auburn/North Preston from Portland to Scotia Square on Feb. 20 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 6.
- Route 14 Leiblin Park from Scotia Square to Mumford on Feb. 20 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, March 6.
Do not go directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so. Please book an appointment online and do not go to a pop-up rapid testing location.
Currently, anyone who traveled outside Nova Scotia or PEI is expected to self-isolate alone for 14 days after arriving. If a person returning from non-essential travel outside Nova Scotia or PEI is unable to isolate alone, then everyone in the home where they are self-isolating will have to self-isolate as well.
When Nova Scotia Health Public Health makes a public notification it is not in any way a reflection on the behaviour or activities of those named in the notification.
All Nova Scotians are advised to continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and are urged to follow Public Health guidelines on how to access care. Up to date information about COVID-19 is available at novascotia.ca/coronavirus
Three New Cases of COVID-19 – Government of Nova Scotia
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GameStop shares climbed rapidly and were halted twice for volatility ahead of the closing bell Wednesday. The gaming retailer’s stock was priced at $91.71 at market close, up nearly 104% from the previous day.
Shares were halted once around 3:40pm ET after climbing nearly 74%, and again just over 10 minutes later after gaining 104%. GameStop’s trading volume was roughly three times higher the five-day average for the stock, according to data provider Refinitiv.
Less than an hour after the closing bell, the stock was on the move again — gaining nearly 90% in after-hours trading.
Having déjà vu yet? The surge comes about a month after a wild GameStop trading frenzy caused its stock to jump around 1,600% in a matter of days, though it quickly fell from highs around $350. The late January surge was fueled by individual retail investors, many from the Reddit page WallStreetBets, some of whom believed the GameStop was undervalued and others who wanted to squeeze hedge funds that had shorted the stock.
The jump in GameStop also comes a day after the company announced its chief financial officer would resign next month to help “accelerate GameStop’s transformation,” which could fuel investors who believe in the long-term value of the retailer and its ability to shift from relying on physical stores to an e-commerce sales model.
AMC, another “meme stock” involved in the trading frenzy last month, also jumped around 18% on Wednesday.
Redditors on WallStreetBets cheered as GameStop soared. Posts on the subreddit included diamond emojis (a reference to holding a stock long term) and titles like “NEXT STOP IS THE MOON BABY” with rocket emojis, representing a belief that the stock will continue its upward trajectory.
Some GameStop investors have talked publicly about not selling their positions in the company during last month’s trading frenzy because they believe in its long-term potential.
Around 4pm, the entire Reddit site was down for many users, though the company did not identify the cause of the outage. Within about half an hour, Reddit said it had identified the underlying issue and “systems are beginning to recover.”
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