Ottawa Public Health reports rising levels of COVID-19 in the community

The City of Ottawa is experiencing an uptick in COVID-19-related hospitalizations, as the health unit warns of rising levels of COVID-19 in the community.

Ottawa Public Health reports six Ottawa residents are hospitalized with an active COVID-19 infection on Friday, up from five on Tuesday. There is currently no one in the intensive care unit with an active COVID-19 infection.

“Our indicators show rising levels of COVID-19 in the community. We are entering a new wave, and it remains important to use our layers of protection,” OPH said on Twitter Thursday.

“It’s important to remember that our diapers (including getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, and staying home when sick) help reduce your risk of serious illness, AND they help slow the spread of COVID in the community.”

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: 23 patients
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital: four patients
  • Montfort Hospital: Five patients
  • CHEO: Two patients

There has been one new death related to COVID-19 in Ottawa this week.

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 195 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since Tuesday. The number of cases 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 Ottawa in March 2020, there have been 74,641 laboratory-confirmed cases, including 818 deaths.


  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (June 16-22): 32.1 (versus)
  • Seven-day average of the positivity rate in the Ottawa community, excluding long-term care homes (June 15): 8.7%
  • Known active cases: 476 (+25)


Updated June 20.

  • Ottawa residents with 1 dose (5+): 917,832
  • Ottawa residents with 2 doses (5+): 883,284
  • Ottawa residents with 3 doses (12+): 580,600
  • 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: 64%

*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: 3 in hospital, 0 in intensive care
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 3 in hospital, 0 in intensive care
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: 8 in hospital, 0 in intensive care (updated only Tuesdays)
  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit: 1 in hospital, 1 in intensive care
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 6 in hospital, 0 in intensive care
  • Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 42 in hospital, 0 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 (as of Friday, June 17):

  • 6 long-term care homes
  • 6 retirement homes
  • 2 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 full list of locations with active outbreaks is available at OPH COVID-19 Dashboard.

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