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Ottawa sees climb in COVID-19 hospitalizations as province reports drop

The city reported four new deaths on Sunday, January 23.
COVID-19 Virus Structure
The structure of the COVID-19 virus

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the city have seen a spike in the last 24 hours, in both regular hospital units and ICUs.

According to Ottawa Public Health’s (OPH) report for Sunday, January 23, six more people have entered hospitals with the virus (93) while three more have been admitted to ICUs (now 14).

Three new deaths have also been recorded, bringing the local death toll to 664.

Two of the deaths are recorded among individuals in the 60-69 age group, while one is with a person in the 90 to 99 age group.

And since Saturday, that means a total of eight deaths have been reported in Ottawa.

Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours 394 cases in the city have cleared.

But the city did record 293 new cases of the virus, which is down from Saturday’s 443.

Thirty-six of the newly reported cases involve the Omicron variant.

Five new outbreaks have been declared at health-care institutions. The total number of ongoing outbreaks in such establishments remains at 159.

The rate per 100,000 residents has declined slightly to 238.9, from Saturday’s 247.

The positivity rate in the community remains at 20 per cent.

The Public Health Unit (PHO) has the Eastern Ontario Health Unit reporting a dip in numbers on Sunday — 88 from Saturday’s 158.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is also reporting a drop in cases to 28, from yesterday’s 51.

And the Renfrew County and District Health Unit has 28 new cases on Sunday, down from Saturday’s 51.

The province is reporting a decline in hospitalizations on Sunday — but not all hospitals report their data on weekends.

Fifty-seven new deaths related to COVID-19 are being reported on Sunday — one case is from December.

Ontario is seeing 3,797 patients in hospital with COVID-19. This number is a drop compared to the 4,026 seen the day before.

This is also the lowest number of hospitalizations in a week.

According to provincial data, 604 people are in ICU with the virus — this number up by four compared to Sunday.

The Ontario Hospital Association is reporting a seven-day rolling average of 578 critical care patients in ICU.

The OHA’s seven-day average rolling number has been increasing steadily for more than a month.

As of Sunday, 91.6 per cent of Ontarians 12 years of age and older have at least one dose of a vaccine, while 88.9 per cent have two shots, according to the health minister.

In the past day, more than 79,000 vaccine doses have been administered, bringing the total administered in Ontario to 30,056,293.

There are 5,833 new cases of COVID-19 being reported on Sunday — but health officials are warning the number of infections is much higher due to the province’s testing capacity and accessibility.

In the past day, 32,247 tests have been completed with an 18.2 per cent test positivity rate.

This is the lowest number of tests since this past Tuesday, but the highest test positivity rate since Wednesday.

— With files from Michelle Morton

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