• Ottawa’s COVID-19 trends are stable or falling.
  • COVID deaths reported in Ottawa, Renfrew County.

Today’s Ottawa Update


Thirty-eight Ottawa residents are in local hospitals for active COVID-19 treatment, according to Monday’s OPH update. Five of those patients are in intensive care. Both numbers have been stable for about a week.

The hospitalization figures above do not include all patients. For example, they leave out patients admitted for other reasons who later test positive for COVID-19, those admitted for persistent complications of COVID-19, and those transferred from other health units.

When you include patients like these, the number was high and stable at 114 as of Saturday. Some hospitals are having staffing problems again.

The Ottawa Department of Public Health has a hospital COVID-19 count that shows all hospital patients who have tested positive for COVID, including those admitted for other reasons and who live in other areas. There were 114 as of April 30. (Ottawa Public Health)

Tests, outbreaks and cases

Testing strategies have changed under Omicron’s contagious variant, meaning many new COVID-19 cases are not reflected in current counts. Public health only tracks and reports outbreaks that occur in healthcare settings.

At 16 percent, the average positivity rate for those who received PCR tests outside of long-term care homes is slowly declining. The average inside houses drops to around nine percent.

The 69 city shoots are high and stable. Includes 30 outbreaks in nursing homes, the most among health care settings.

On Monday, OPH reported 317 more cases over three days and the death of a person 90 years of age or older who had COVID.

The rolling weekly incidence rate of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, expressed per 100,000 population, is around 95.


As of last week’s vaccine update, 92% of Ottawa residents age five and older have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 89% have at least two.

Sixty-two percent of residents ages 12 and older have at least three doses and five percent have four.

OPH vaccine updates usually arrive on Mondays.

sewage water

The Average level of coronavirus in Ottawa sewage it has recently stalled not far below the pandemic record peak of the sixth wave in April.

The most recent data from April 27 (the bold red line in the chart below) shows that the level is still about nine times higher than it was in early March before the current spike. There hasn’t been an update on Monday yet.

Researchers who measured and shared the amount of the new coronavirus in Ottawa’s sewage reported new pandemic records for daily readings and the weekly average earlier this month. The most recent data is from April 27. (613covid.ca)

Those records do not reflect the first wave of the pandemic when sewage was not monitored for traces of the virus.

throughout the region

Ontario and Quebec remain in the sixth wave of the pandemic.

Waste water levels in the kingston area They are tall and stable. In Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Counties (LGL), the signal is high in Brockville and low and stable elsewhere. Data from East Ottawa is more than a week old.

Eastern Ontario has the highest regional sewage average in the province, according to the science table.

The Ontario COVID-19 Scientific Table plots coronavirus wastewater data from 103 sites across the province. This is the average level for sites in Eastern Ontario; the point at the end of the line represents the best estimate of the trend of the average. (Ontario COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Board)

Western Quebec has 96 local COVID-19 hospitalizations, including patients who are no longer considered active cases. Six are in intensive care.

Eastern Ontario communities outside of Ottawa report over 50 COVID-19 hospitalizations. About 15 of them are in intensive care.

none of those numbers includes Hastings Prince Edward Public Health which, like western Quebec, has a different counting method. He says he is now giving updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

On Monday, Renfrew County reported its third COVID death in the past week, which is the region’s 43rd overall in the pandemic.

All nine LGL hospital COVID patients and three ICU patients have come down since Friday.


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