Flu in Ottawa: Latest data from OPH on flu, COVID-19
Ottawa Public Health is reporting a significant increase in flu test positivity in the city.
Flu data show a test positivity rate of 23.4% for the week of November 13-19 out of 688 tests, compared to 10.9% for the week of November 6-12 out of 625 tests and 9.4% the previous week. out of 544 tests. According to DPO data showing the average of the past three years, flu test positivity peaked in early February at around 9.5%.
There have been 123 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in Ottawa so far this flu season, including 51 cases reported from Nov. 13-19, compared to 25 for the week of Nov. 6-12.
Of all the cases reported so far, 13% have been in children under the age of five, 21% in people aged 5-19, 38% in adults 20-64 and 28% in people aged 65 and over. more. The majority of cases are influenza A.
“To control both COVID-19 and the flu and keep our community safe, we ask all residents to continue to follow public health measures,” says Ottawa Public Health.
- 1 in a hospital
- 1 in a retirement home
A full list of locations with active outbreaks is available at OPS Outbreak Dashboard.
TWO COVID-19 DEATHS IN OTTAWA OVER THE WEEKEND
OPH also reported two new deaths from COVID-19 in the city over the weekend.
To date, 963 people in Ottawa have died from COVID-19, with 383 COVID-19 deaths reported this year.
COVID-19 hospitalizations are down, with OPH reporting 11 residents hospitalized with an active COVID-19 infection, down from 36 last Tuesday.
OPH hospitalization figures only represent Ottawa residents who are hospitalized with an active case of COVID-19. Local hospitals are reporting higher numbers, which include patients who were admitted for reasons other than COVID-19 but tested positive and patients who are not from Ottawa.
- The Ottawa Hospital: 66 patients
- Queensway Carleton Hospital: five patients
- Hôpital Montfort: 19 patients (as of November 18)
- CHEO: Three patients
The COVID-19 sewage signal also tends to drop.
The COVID-19 sewage signal tends to drop. (613covid.ca/wastewater)
KEY STATISTICS ON COVID-19 IN OTTAWA
- COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (November 14-20): 23.9
- Seven-day average positivity rate in the Ottawa community, including long-term care: 14.6%
- Known active cases: 302
COVID-19 VACCINES IN OTTAWA
Updated November 14.
- Ottawa residents with 1 dose (5+): 923,306
- Ottawa residents with 2 doses (5+): 890,630
- Ottawa residents with 3 doses (5+): 606,755
- Ottawa residents with 4 doses (12+): 283,320
- Percentage of the population aged five and over having received at least one dose: 93%
- Proportion of the population aged five and over receiving at least two doses: 90%
- Proportion of the population aged five and over receiving at least three doses: 61%
- Percentage of the population aged 12 and over having received at least four doses: 31%
*Statistics for Ottawa residents who received one or more doses include anyone with an Ottawa postal code who was vaccinated anywhere in Ontario.
AROUND THE REGION
- Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 12 in hospital, 2 in intensive care
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 7 in hospital, 2 in intensive care (updated Tuesdays only)
- Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: 31 in hospital, 4 in intensive care (updated Tuesdays only)
- Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit: 9 in hospital, 1 in intensive care (updated Tuesdays)
- Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 3 in hospital, 0 in intensive care (updated Thursdays)
- Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 71 in hospital, 0 in intensive care
Ottawa Public Health is currently reporting active outbreaks in the following locations
- 11 in hospitals
- 6 in long-term care homes
- 10 in retirement homes
- 1 in a group home
- 1 in a shelter
A full list of locations with active outbreaks is available at OPH COVID-19 Outbreak Dashboard.