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More than 20 new COVID-related deaths reported in Ottawa over last five days

Three of those deaths are new on Wednesday, including one person in their 80s and two in their 90s.
COVID-19 swab. Photo/ The Canadian Press
Photo/ The Canadian Press

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reporting three new COVID-19-related deaths in the city, and says the number of people in hospital with the virus is up.

The latest people to die due to COVID-19 in Ottawa include: one person in their 80s and two in their 90s. As of Wednesday, January 26, 2022, the city's death toll is up to 678, which includes: two people in their 20s; one in their 30s; eight in their 40s; 34 in their 50s; 81 in their 60s; 132 in their 70s; 231 in their 80s; and 189 in their 90s.

OPH has reported 21 new COVID-related deaths since last Friday.

The 92 deaths reported across Ontario on Wednesday are the highest total the province has seen since January 15, 2021. According to Public Health Ontario, 46 deaths on that day were due to a “data cleaning initiative” from the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

The Ministry of Health says 89 of the new deaths reported Wednesday occurred in the past 21 days.

There are 104 Ottawa residents in hospital with the virus, 17 of whom are in intensive care. The local hospitalization number is up from 92 a day ago, but the ICU number is unchanged.

OPH says, when counting Ottawa and non-Ottawa residents, there are 286 in local hospitals with COVID-19 (up from 169 on Tuesday), 37 of whom are in ICUs (up from 25). It adds, 152 patients (10 in ICU) contracted COVID while in hospital.

Across Ontario, 4,016 people are in the hospital with COVID-19, up from 4,008 reported on Tuesday. There are 608 COVID-19 patients in the ICU across the province, down from 626 a day ago.

Not including individuals with an unknown vaccination status, 45 per cent of ICU admissions and 27 per cent of hospitalizations are unvaccinated. Just 8 per cent of Ontarians 12 and older have not received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ottawa residents being tested for COVID-19 are seeing positive results 20.2 per cent of the time.

OPH says there are 152 COVID-19 outbreaks in local healthcare institutions, Wednesday, which is a drop from 155 reported on Tuesday. 

The health unit is reporting 325 new cases of COVID-19, but says testing is still extremely limited in the city. OPH continues to ask everyone with COVID-19 symptoms, who is not a healthcare worker, to simply stay home and isolate instead of seeking a PCR test.

Ottawa's health unit says 81 per cent of the city's entire population has received at least two COVID-19 vaccines, to date, and 48 per cent have received three. Of residents over the age of 18, more than 501,000 (59 per cent) have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

OPH says 67 per cent of children between the ages of five and 11 have had one shot and 21 per cent have had two.

-With files from Michael Ranger, CityNews

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