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East end COVID-19 cases remain relatively high
Fred Sherwin
March 11, 2021

The number of COVID-19 cases in Ottawa’s three east end wards remained relatively unchanged during the two-week period between February 23 and March 8.

According to the last update of Ottawa Public Health’s COVID Ward Map, there were 97 cases reported in Orléans, Innes and Cumberland Wards between February 23
and March 8 – that’s only one fewer than the number of cases reported in the three wards between February 23 and March 8.

The number of reported cases in Orléans Ward increased from 24 cases to 32, while the number of reported cases in Innes Ward decreased from 33 cases to 24. Meanwhile, the number of reported cases in Cumberland Ward remained unchanged at 41.

City-wide there were 664 new cases reported in Ottawa between February 22 and March 8, that’s a 10 per cent from the previous two-week period when there were 603 new cases.

On a more positive note there are currently only 530 known active cases in Ottawa. That’s the lowest number of active cases in the city since December 13 when there were also 530 active cases and November 29 before that when there were 525 active cases.

The average daily positivity rate for the past two weeks currently sits at 2.01 per cent, while the weekly average number of reported cases is 35.6 per 100,000 for the past seven days. Both figures are used to determine which colour zone Ottawa is placed in by provincial health care officials.

The city is currently in the upper margins of the epidemiology guidelines to remain in the orange zone which are a weekly incidence rate of 25 to 39.9 per 100,000 and a positivity rate of between 1.3 and 2.4 per cent.

Under the orange zone designation, private social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Restaurants are limited to four people per table and a maximum of 50 patrons at any one time. Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m. and the restaurant must close by 10 p.m.

Gyms and fitness centres are limited to 10 people per class and 50 people in areas with weights and exercise machines as long as a three-metre physical distancing buffer can be maintained.

Another leading indicator of the impact of the COVID-19 virus is the number of hospitalizations. As of yesterday there were 28 people being treated for the coronavirus in Ottawa area hospitals, three of whom are being treated in intensive care. That’s half the number that were in intensive care two weeks ago.

Fifty-four people have died since Jan. 1. Six people have died due to COVID related complications in the past two weeks, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Ottawa to 446.

According to Ottawa Public Health, there have been 447 cases in Orléans Ward since the pandemic began, excluding long-term homes and retirement residences, 587 cases in Innes Ward and 768 cases in Cumberland Ward.

All told, there have been 352 cases in long-term care homes and retirement residences in the three east end wards since the pandemic began.




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