COVID Ottawa: Two new deaths on Wednesday

Ottawa Public Health is reporting two new COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday and another drop in hospitalization numbers.

OPH has reported six deaths from COVID-19 in the city since Monday.

The number of residents hospitalized with an active case of COVID-19 fell to nine on Wednesday from 11 on Tuesday. This is the lowest number of residents hospitalized so far this year. There are no Ottawa residents in intensive care due to an active case of COVID-19.

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.

Here is an overview of the number of COVID-19 patients in each hospital:

  • The Ottawa Hospital: 44 patients
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital: 11 patients
  • Montfort Hospital: 15 patients (as of May 17)
  • CHEO: Two patients

OPH reported 86 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The daily case count is considered an underrepresentation of the true amount of COVID-19 in the community due to provincial restrictions on who can access a PCR test.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in March 2020, there have been 72,882 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 799 deaths.

The viral signal of COVID-19 in Ottawa’s wastewater continues to decline. The seven-day average virus signal is at its lowest level since March 23.

Ontario health officials reported 26 new deaths caused directly by COVID-19 and six where the disease contributed but was not the direct cause. Sixteen of these deaths had previously been reported as deaths with missing data or unknown cause.

There were 1,248 people across Ontario in hospitals with COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, including 163 people in intensive care.


  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (May 10-16): 46.3 (from 46.1 previously)
  • Seven-day average of the positivity rate in the Ottawa community, excluding long-term care homes (May 17): 9.52%
  • Known active cases: 712 (-17)


Updated May 16.

  • Ottawa residents with 1 dose (5+): 916,525
  • Ottawa residents with 2 doses (5+): 880,837
  • Ottawa residents with 3 doses (12+): 576,065
  • Percentage of the population aged five and over having received at least one dose: 92%
  • Share of population five years and older fully vaccinated: 89%
  • Proportion of the population aged 12 and over receiving at least three doses: 63%

*Statistics for Ottawa residents who received one or more doses include anyone with an Ottawa postal code who was vaccinated anywhere in Ontario.


  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 10 in hospital, 1 in intensive care
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 26 in hospital, 0 in intensive care
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: 12 in hospital, 3 in intensive care
  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit: 9 in hospital, 3 in intensive care
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 15 in hospital, 1 in intensive care
  • Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 68 hospitalized, 2 in intensive care

These numbers are based on the latest data from each respective health unit at the time of publication.


Ottawa Public Health is currently reporting active outbreaks in the following locations:

  • 8 long-term care homes
  • 12 retirement homes
  • 8 hospital units
  • 2 other collective places (group homes, assisted living, etc.)

OPH no longer reports outbreaks in schools and daycares or community outbreaks, such as those related to local businesses, religious institutions or sports and recreational activities.

A complete list of locations with active outbreaks is available on OPH’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

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