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Number of Ottawa COVID-19 hospitalizations continues to rise, but few entering ICUs

The health unit knows of 328 active cases of COVID-19 in the community.
COVID-19 swab. Photo/ The Canadian Press
Photo/ The Canadian Press

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reporting more COVID-19 patients at local hospitals than it's seen in five months, but very few of them are ending up in intensive care.

As of Thursday, November 11, 22 Ottawa residents are in hospital with COVID-19, two of whom are in ICUs. The last time there were this many COVID-19 patients in the city was June 9, 2021, when there were 23.

Ottawa Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches told CityNews this week, the vaccine is doing a good job keeping even those who do still get infected by the virus safe from severe illness.

OPH is confirming 40 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, Thursday. There have been 278 new cases in Ottawa over the last seven days and 131 Delta variant cases in the last 30 days.

The health unit knows of 328 active cases of COVID-19 in the community.

There are ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at nine healthcare facilities, six of which are being reported in various units of The Ottawa Hospital.

A couple of Ottawa school outbreaks have cleared, but there are still eight ongoing. OPH is also monitoring one COVID-19 outbreak at a local daycare, and twoin the community stemming from workplaces (one corporate/office and one service).

OPH says 91 per cent of residents over the age of 12 have had at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine and 87 per cent have had both necessary to be considered immunized.

The rate of infection among Ottawa's unvaccinated vaccine-eligible population is six times higher than it is for the fully vaccinated population. The local rate of infection per 100,000 residents for those vaccinated against the virus is at 10.2, whereas the rate for those unvaccinated (or vaccinated with one dose under 14 days) is 58.5. The rate per 100,000 residents for those who are waiting for their second shot is 29.1.

Residents being tested for COVID-19 are seeing positive results 2.2 per cent of the time.

Ontario is reporting 642 new cases of COVID-19, Thursday, which represents the highest single-day increase in more than a month. Health Minister Christine Elliott says that of today's new cases, 397 are in people who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown. She says 132 people are in intensive care units in the province, and only 18 of them are fully vaccinated. 

No new COVID-19 deaths in Ottawa leaves the city's pandemic death toll at 609.

There have been 31,241 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa (30,304 resolved) since March of 2020.

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