Key numbers of COVID-19 in the Ottawa region today

  • Ottawa has no active local COVID-19 patients in a hospital intensive care unit.
  • The city’s sewage signal has plateaued.
  • Sixty per cent of Ottawa residents aged 12 and older are receiving a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Today’s Ottawa Update

There are 11 Ottawa residents in local hospitals who are being treated for COVID-19, according to Wednesday’s update from Ottawa Public Health (OPH). This number has been between 10 and 20 for the past 10 days.

For the first time since late December, none of the patients are being treated in an intensive care unit.

The hospital figures do not include people who came to the hospital for other reasons and later tested positive for COVID-19. They also do not cover people with persistent COVID-19 problems or patients transferred from other health units.

OPH shares these numbers a few times a week. They have dropped significantly this week.

Ottawa Public Health has a count of COVID-19 hospitals that shows all hospitalized patients who test positive for COVID, including those admitted for other reasons. They were February 16 to 28. (Ottawa Public Health)

the average level of coronavirus in Ottawa’s sewage is now stable, with potential signs of a slight increase. This is about three times higher than before the wave of the Omicron variant.

Researchers measuring levels of the new coronavirus in Ottawa’s sewage found they were slowly declining, with a recent slight increase using data through Feb. 27. (

As Omicron overwhelms and limits testing, the true number of cases in Ottawa is higher only the confirmed number and some familiar numbers are affected.

Ottawa’s medical officer of health said Monday that residents should continue to assess the risks to their personal circumstances as Ontario removes its capacity and collection limits and proof of vaccination requirements.

The average positivity rate for those who received PCR tests outside long-term care homes remains around 11%, while the average rate inside homes remains around 5%.

On Wednesday, OPH reported 127 more cases of COVID-19 and no more deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases expressed per 100,000 population is around 80.


913 317: The number of Ottawa residents aged five and older with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, up about 200 from Monday. This represents 92% of the eligible population.

872 464: The number of Ottawa residents aged five and older with a second dose, about 200 more than Monday. Eighty-eight percent of the eligible population now receives at least two doses.

37,712: The number of children in Ottawa aged 5 to 11 who received their second dose, about 150 more than Monday and 48% of that age group. Progress from the first dose stagnated at approximately 70%.

550 203: The number of Ottawans aged 12 and older with a third dose, about 3,000 more than Monday. It covers 60%. 100 of these residents; younger children are only eligible for third doses if they have certain health problems.

In the whole region

Outside of Ottawa, the greater region has approximately 50 COVID-19-related hospitalizations and 15 of those patients require intensive care. These numbers are slowly decreasing and do not include Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPE).

This region remains stable with 25 local hospitalizations.

Five local COVID patients remain in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark (LGL) counties since their update on Wednesday. It’s been stable for over two weeks.

Wastewater levels are stable at sites in the Kingston area, and stable or decreasing in LGL, each with data through February 28. Of the three sites east of Ottawa, only Casselman saw levels increase with data through February 23.

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