Ottawa Public Health is reporting four more people in the city with COVID-19 and one new death.
This is the first report of a new death from COVID-19 in Ottawa since June 26.
To date, Ottawa has seen 27,728 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began and 592 residents have died due to COVID-19.
Three more cases in the city are considered resolved, leaving Ottawa’s number of known active cases steady at 38.
Across the province, health officials reported 179 new cases of COVID-19 and 218 newly resolved cases. Another eight Ontarians have died due to COVID-19. Public Health Ontario added five new cases to its total case count 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 respective daily reports at different times of the day.
Four additional cases were reported around the region outside of Ottawa, including three in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and one in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.
OTTAWA’S KEY COVID-19 STATISTICS
Step 2 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen plan began at 12:01 a.m. June 30. Step 3 is due to begin July 16.
Ottawa Public Health data:
- COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (July 2 to July 8): 3.8 (unchanged)
- Positivity rate in Ottawa (July 1 to July 7): 1.1 per cent (unchanged)
- Reproduction number (seven day average): 0.84 (down from 0.97)
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.
ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN OTTAWA
The number of known active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa is near the lowest it’s been since the first wave in 2020.
There are 38 active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Saturday, unchanged from Friday.
OPH reported that three more people recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. The total number of resolved cases of coronavirus in Ottawa is now 27,098.
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 is reporting three people in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 related illnesses.
There are no patients in the intensive care unit.
Hospitalizations (and ICU admissions) by age category:
- 0-9: 0
- 10-19: 1
- 20-29: 1
- 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.
COVID-19 VACCINES IN OTTAWA
Ottawa Public Health updates vaccine numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. As of Friday:
- Ottawa residents with 1 dose (12+): 744,932
- Ottawa residents with 2 doses (12+): 455,212
- Share of population 12 and older with at least one dose: 81 per cent
- Share of population 12 and older fully vaccinated: 49 per cent
- Total doses received in Ottawa: 1,050,076
*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.
VARIANTS OF CONCERN
Ottawa Public Health data*:
- Total Alpha (B.1.1.7) cases: 6,815 (+9)
- Total Beta (B.1.351) cases: 395
- Total Gamma (P.1) cases: 33
- Total Delta (B.1.617.2) cases: 28 (+3)
- Percent of new cases with variant/mutation in last 30 days: 71 per cent (+1)
- Total variants of concern/mutation cases: 7,894 (+10)
- 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: Zero new cases (2,292 total cases)
- 10-19 years-old: Zero new cases (3,565 total cases)
- 20-29 years-old: Two new cases (6,232 total cases)
- 30-39 years-old: One new case (4,236 total cases)
- 40-49 years-old: One new case (3,642 total cases)
- 50-59 years-old: Zero new cases (3,329 total cases)
- 60-69-years-old: Zero new cases (1,959 total cases)
- 70-79 years-old: Zero new cases (1,093 total cases)
- 80-89 years-old: One case removed from total (857 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: Three new cases
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: Zero new cases
- Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: One new case
- Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: Zero new cases
- Renfrew County and District Health Unit: Zero new cases
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:
- No active community outbreaks
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)
- Group Home A-18641 (July 8)
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.
People Recovered From Covid-19 Still Need Vaccine – TheHealthMania
The Covid-19 vaccine is now available in most countries across the world and health experts recommend getting the jab as soon as possible. Amid the rollout of vaccines, some people who contracted the virus and recovered from it wonder if they should get the vaccine or not. Since exposure to the coronavirus leads to the production of antibodies, some people think they have adequate immunity against the virus. However, the health experts recommend otherwise and suggest getting the vaccine like any other person.
According to the Lake County health officer, Dr. Chandana Vavilala, everyone should get the Covid vaccine at the earliest no matter if they developed a coronavirus infection or not. She recommends getting the vaccine as the cases of Covid-19 surge again in this region as the summer season comes to an end. Dr. Vavilala also mentioned that we can prevent the next wave of the pandemic by getting vaccinated as early as possible. It can help save from contracting the fatal virus and protect the community as well.
The data from the Indiana Department of Health shows nearly 48% of the residents of Lake County fully vaccinated. The data shows that these people received both shots of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine. Also, this data includes those who got the single-shot vaccine, Johnson and Johnson.
Some health experts including Dr. Vavilala believe that some of the people who did not receive any vaccine are those who previously contracted the coronavirus infection. These individuals may believe that they have lifetime protection against the virus after developing the infection. However, it is not the case and they need the vaccine shot just like other residents of their community.
Dr. Vavilala also mentioned that the three approved Covid-19 vaccines in Lake County are more effective as compared to the natural route of infection. These vaccines provide a stronger and more long-lasting immune response to keep severe infection at bay. Moreover, these vaccines are also effective against the different variants of the coronavirus.
According to Dr. Vavilala, most people hospitalizing after contracting coronavirus are those who did not receive any vaccine. This shows that the coronavirus vaccine works despite the evolution of the virus. Also, the number of variants released into the communities. She also mentioned that new variants spread faster and cause more severe infections as compared to the original strain. Hence, it is strongly recommended to get the coronavirus vaccine to prevent the infection.
Dr. Vavilala also mentioned that the increased number of vaccinated people will help the communities develop an overall immunity against the virus. Therefore, it can help those who could not get the shot because of their health condition or age. She said that the people who previously got the coronavirus infection should go ahead and receive their vaccine dose. It does not matter if they got the infection in the past as it does not provide adequate immunity.
The increased immunization rate can help prevent the rapid spread of new coronavirus variants. Also, it can provide help for those who are unable to get their vaccine due to one reason or another.
Ontario reports 170 COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths; 124K more vaccines administered – Global News
Ontario reported 170 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 549,156.
“Locally, there are 44 new cases in Toronto, 26 in Peel Region, 17 in Hamilton, 15 in the Region of Waterloo and 13 in Grey Bruce,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.
For comparison, last Saturday 176 cases were reported.
Three new deaths were also announced on July 24, bringing the provincial virus-related death toll to 9,311.
A total of 538,421 coronavirus cases are considered resolved, which is up by 150 and is 98 per cent of all confirmed cases.
More than 19,100 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 16,451,025 tests and 5,325 remain under investigation.
The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 0.8 per cent, which down slightly from Friday’s report, when it was 0.9 per cent, and up from last Saturday’s report, when it was 0.6 per cent.
Provincial figures showed there are 132 people in intensive care due to COVID-19 (down by four), 86 of whom are on a ventilator (up by two).
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Here is a breakdown of Ontario’s cases by age and gender:
- 273,725 people are male
- 271,734 people are female
- 88,751 people are 19 and under
- 205,695 people are 20 to 39
- 156,528 people are 40 to 59
- 72,892 people are 60 to 79
- 25,196 people are 80 and over
The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.
The province also notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by local public health units on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.
As of 8 p.m. Friday, 18,848,661 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in Ontario, marking an increase of 124,261. Of those, 105,628 were second doses.
In Ontario, 80.7 per cent of adults aged 18-plus have received at least one vaccine dose and 67.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.
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NB businesses ponder how to proceed once pandemic restrictions are removed – CBC.ca
How fast to return to normal? That’s the question some business owners are asking in the wake of news that New Brunswick will remove its COVID-19 restrictions in less than a week.
More than 16 months have passed since the province implemented restrictions limiting the number of customers inside businesses, and enforcing mandatory masking and physical distancing.
At the end of the day next Friday, July, 30, those pandemic restrictions will end.
But when the clock strikes midnight don’t expect those precautions to magically disappear from all businesses.
The province has said businesses can choose to ease out of the restrictions more slowly if they want.
Dave Traboulsee, the owner of River Valley Footwear in downtown Fredericton, said that’s exactly what he plans to do.
Gauging by what he’s heard from his customers, he’s planning a cautious approach.
“I don’t think we can fully go back to normal yet — there’s still a lot of anxiety out there with shopping,” he said.
Until now he’s only been allowing people from two bubbles inside the store at a time.
He plans to increase that capacity slightly once the restrictions are removed, but said he hopes to talk to other business owners in the area to get a sense about whether masks should still be worn.
“It’s quite a big move to go from certain restrictions and keeping masks on to a free-for-all — and I don’t think we can go to a free-for-all,” he said.
In Moncton, those who work at Café Cest la Vie are hoping the move will bring more people back to work downtown again, and in turn, bring more people back into their shop.
Rebecca McCabe is a barista at the cafe and said masks will no longer be required, and they intend to get back to doing events again, like poetry readings and live music.
“It also means it’s an opportunity for us to have more people in the cafe so we can open up our capacity again.”
McCabe said they are still trying to figure out if there will be any restrictions in place at the cafe, but generally expects it to be a return to normal.
“Everyone seems pretty excited honestly — I think it will be nothing but help,” she said.
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