Ottawa Public Health says another 19 people in the city have tested positive for COVID-19. No new deaths were reported Wednesday.
To date, Ottawa has seen 28,030 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 593 residents have died. No new deaths have been reported in Ottawa since July 8.
Another 26 existing cases are considered resolved, dropping the number of known active cases in the city. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 remain stable, dropping slightly on Wednesday. The weekly incidence rate of new cases per 100,000 people is up and the weekly average testing positivity rate has also increased slightly.
In the past 30 days, OPH has recorded 56 cases of the Delta variant. No one infected with the Delta variant in Ottawa has died.
There are two active COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa.
Across Ontario, health officials reported 485 new cases of COVID-19 and said three more Ontarians have died due to COVID-19. Another 345 existing cases are now considered resolved.
Twelve new cases were reported around eastern Ontario including one in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, seven in Hastings Prince Edward, two in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, and two in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says of Wednesday’s 485 newly reported cases, 309 were in unvaccinated people and 41 were in partially vaccinated people. It is currently unclear if the remaining 135 cases are all in fully vaccinated people.
Of the 174 people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 but are not in the ICU, Elliott said 14 are fully vaccinated and 160 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status. The health minister added that due to a technical glitch, data on the vaccination status of people in Ontario ICUs was unavailable.
Ottawa Public Health does not provide the vaccination status of people who test positive for COVID-19 locally.
OTTAWA’S KEY COVID-19 STATISTICS
Ottawa is now in Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen plan.
Ottawa Public Health data:
- COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (Aug. 10 to Aug. 16): 12.2 (up from 11.5)
- Positivity rate in Ottawa (Aug. 11 to Aug.17): 1.5 per cent (up from 1.4 per cent Aug. 9 to 15)
- Reproduction number (seven day average): 1.07
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 Wednesday:
- Ottawa residents with 1 dose (12+): 778,237 (+1,582)
- Ottawa residents with 2 doses (12+): 707,461 (+5,377)
- Share of population 12 and older with at least one dose: 84 per cent
- Share of population 12 and older fully vaccinated: 77 per cent (+1)
- Total doses received in Ottawa: 1,381,790
*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
There are 127 active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Wednesday, down from 134 on Tuesday.
Ottawa Public Health reported 26 newly resolved cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Wednesday. The number of resolved cases of coronavirus in Ottawa is 27,310.
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 three people in Ottawa area hospitals with COVID-19 related illnesses, down from four on Tuesday.
Of the people in hospital, one is in their 20s (this person is in the ICU), one is in their 70s, and one is in their 80s.
VARIANTS OF CONCERN
Ottawa Public Health data*:
- Total Alpha (B.1.1.7) cases: 6,842 (+1)
- Total Beta (B.1.351) cases: 406
- Total Gamma (P.1) cases: 35
- Total Delta (B.1.617.2) cases: 111 (-1)
- Percent of new cases with variant/mutation in last 30 days: 59 per cent
- Total variants of concern/mutation cases: 9,308 (+1)
- Deaths linked to variants/mutations: 101
*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: Two new cases (2,329 total cases)
- 10-19 years-old: Five new cases (3,624 total cases)
- 20-29 years-old: Two new cases (6,299 total cases)
- 30-39 years-old: Five new cases (4,285 total cases)
- 40-49 years-old: Four new cases (3,691 total cases)
- 50-59 years-old: One case removed from total (3,348 total cases)
- 60-69-years-old: Zero new case (1,972 total cases)
- 70-79 years-old: One new case (1,101 total cases)
- 80-89 years-old: One new case (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: One new case
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: Seven new cases
- Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: Two new cases
- Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: Two new cases
- Renfrew County and District Health Unit: Zero new cases
Ottawa Public Health reports on COVID-19 outbreaks at institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, daycares, hospitals and schools.
The schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks are:
- Grandir Ensemble Garderie La Maisonnee (Aug. 3)
- St. Anthony’s Children’s Centre (Aug. 8)
Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids? – Delta-Optimist
Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids?
Experts say there’s no strong evidence that it makes children and teens sicker than earlier versions of the virus, although delta has led to a surge in infections among kids because it’s more contagious.
Delta’s ability to spread more easily makes it more of a risk to children and underscores the need for masks in schools and vaccinations for those who are old enough, said Dr. Juan Dumois, a pediatric infectious disease physician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Weekly infection rates among U.S. children earlier this month topped 250,000, surpassing the wintertime peak, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association. Since the pandemic began, more than 5 million children in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19.
The delta variant has been identified in at least 180 countries, according to the World Health Organization. In many of them, the spike in infections has also meant an increase in hospitalizations in young children and teens.
In the U.S., the hospitalization rate for COVID-19 was less than 2 per 100,000 children in late August and early September — similar to the peak last winter, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the portion of kids hospitalized with severe disease hasn’t changed significantly.
The sheer numbers can make it seem like children are getting sicker with the delta variant, but experts say that does not appear to be the case. Most infected kids have mild infections or no symptoms and do not need to be hospitalized.
COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide protection against delta. Among children 12 and older — who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations — the weekly hospitalization rate in July was 10 times higher for the unvaccinated than those who have had the shots, CDC data show.
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Data from 3 major hospital systems reveals how many COVID-19 patients are fully vaccinated – Bring Me The News
While the COVID vaccines are shown to be effective albeit not bulletproof at preventing infection from the virus, their effectiveness at preventing hospitalization and death is much greater.
Four Minnesota healthcare institutions provided specific data that shows the percentage of hospitalized COVID-19 patients who are fully vaccinated, and how many are unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated.
Allina Health, which has 14 hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, reports that almost four out of five COVID-19 patients hospitalized through Sept. 20 were unvaccinated.
Its data show that of 176 COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Sept. 20, 32 were in the ICU and 21 required a ventilator. Hospitalized patients who were fully vaccinated represented 22.7% of the total, and just 15.6% of the ICU cases and 9.5% of the cases with a ventilator.
HealthPartners, which has nine hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, told Bring Me The News that it has cared for 338 COVID-19 patients in the past 30 days and 53 of them (15.7%) were fully vaccinated.
“Of those 53 patients, only six required intensive care, two needed the support of a ventilator and nobody died. Year-to-date, 6.3% of hospitalized patients have been fully vaccinated,” a spokesperson from HealthPartners said.
Sanford Health, which operates 22 regional hospitals, is reporting that 10.1% of all COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Sept. 21 were fully vaccinated. Only two of 45 in the ICU and one of 34 patients on a ventilator were fully vaxxed,
More of the same from CentraCare, which operates eight hospitals in the region. The latest data provided Thursday (it changes daily and even hourly) had six of 67 COVID-19 inpatients documented as fully vaccinated.
To recap, that’s four major hospital systems that are reporting between 9% and 22% of all COVID-19 patients being fully vaccinated, with even lower percentages of vaccinated patients in the ICU or on a ventilator.
“COVID-19 vaccines continue to be our best tool in stopping the spread of infection and preventing serious illness and death,” the HealthPartners spokesperson said.
Bring Me The News has requested vaccinated and unvaccinated ratios from other major providers, including Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Hennepin Healthcare and Essentia Health.
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B.C. is reporting 832 new cases of COVID-19, 117 in Northern Health, 153 in Interior Health.
There are 5,697 active cases in the province, of those cases, 330 individuals are in hospital and 148 are in intensive care.
The north has 977 active cases, and the interior has 1,181.
87.3% of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of a vaccine and 79.9% received their second dose.
The new/active cases include:
* 377 new cases in Fraser Health
* Total active cases: 1,932
* 114 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
* Total active cases: 909
* 153 new cases in Interior Health
* Total active cases: 1,181
* 117 new cases in Northern Health
* Total active cases: 977
* 71 new cases in Island Health
* Total active cases: 654
* no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada
* Total active cases: 44
There were five new deaths reported, one was in Northern Health.
From Sept. 15-21, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 75.5% of cases and from Sept. 8-21, they accounted for 82.6% of hospitalizations.
Past week cases (Sept. 15-21) – Total 4,417
* Not vaccinated: 2,996 (67.8%)
* Partially vaccinated: 342 (7.7%)
* Fully vaccinated: 1,079 (24.4%)
Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Sept. 8-21) – Total 437
* Not vaccinated: 327 (74.8%)
* Partially vaccinated: 34 (7.8%)
* Fully vaccinated: 76 (17.4%)
Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 15-21)
* Not vaccinated: 289.0
* Partially vaccinated: 87.9
* Fully vaccinated: 27.0
Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 8-21)
* Not vaccinated: 46.5
* Partially vaccinated: 13.3
* Fully vaccinated: 1.8
After factoring for age, people not vaccinated are 25.8 times more likely to be hospitalized than those fully vaccinated.
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