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East end wards see 30% decrease in new COVID-19 cases
Fred Sherwin
Jan. 29, 2021

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ottawa’s three east end wards is back on the decline. After increasing five-fold between Dec. 14 and Jan. 11, the number of new cases in the east end dropped by 30 per cent between Jan. 11 and Jan. 25.

According to the last update of Ottawa Pulic Health’s COVID Ward Map, there were 161 new cases reported between Jan. 11 and Jan. 25, that’s down from the 273 new cases that were reported during the previous two-week period between Dec. 28 and Jan. 11.

There were 44 new cases reported in Orléans Ward, down from 59 new cases reported between Dec. 28 and Jan. 11; 58 new cases in Innes Ward, down from 71 new cases during the previous two-week period; and 59 new cases in Cumberland Ward down from 143 new cases between Dec. 28 and Jan. 11.

The decrease in new cases is indicative of an overall drop in new cases city-wide.

According to the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 dashboard, there were 1,004 new cases in Ottawa between Jan. 11 and Jan. 25, down from 1,821 new cases during the previous two-week period. The number of active cases currently being reported in Ottawa stands at 685, that’s more than half of the number of active cases just two weeks ago when there were 1,716 active cases. The positivity rate is also below two per cent for the first time since Christmas and well below the seven per cent positivity rate recorded on Jan. 12.

Another leading indicator of the impact of the COVID-19 virus is the number of hospitalizations it has caused. In Ottawa, the number of people being treated for the coronavirus has remained in the 30s since Jan. 6. As of yesterday, there were 34 people being treated for the virus in Ottawa area hospitals, five of whom are intensive care. On Jan 12 there were 13 patients in intensive care. Thirty people have died since Jan. 1, bringing the total number of COVID-related deaths in Ottawa to 422.

The dramatic decrease in new cases and hospitalizations has result in a renewed call to lift the provincial stay-at-home order in the region and allow businessesthe exis to reopen under the existing COVID-19 protocols.

The province is allowing schools to reopen on Monday, leaving business buss owners hoping they’re not too far behind.

According to Ottawa Public Health, there have been 660 cases in Cumberland Ward since the pandemic began, excluding long term homes and retirement residences: 502 in Innes Ward and 368 in Orléans Ward.

All told, there have been 340 cases in long term care homes and retirement residences in the three east end wards since the outbreak began, nearly a third of which have been at the Madonna Care Community home on St. Joseph Blvd. The number includes both residents and staff.

The city began vaccinating the staff and residents at long term care homes in December, starting with staff members. As of Jan. 18 when the vaccinations were suspended due to a delay in the supply, Ottawa Public Health had administered 25,097 doses.





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