Ottawa Public Health says the level of COVID-19 in the community remains high during the second week of August, but indicators are "showing a decrease."
Five new COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Ottawa this week.
New statistics show the number of Ottawa residents in hospital with an active COVID-19 infection has dropped from 39 on Tuesday to 26 on Friday.
Public health says the wastewater viral signal, testing per cent positivity rate and the number of outbreaks are decreasing in Ottawa.
"It remains important to use your layers of protection: wear a well-fitted mask when in indoor and/or crowded public settings, stay home when sick, open windows when gathering indoors to ensure optimal ventilation & stay up to date on your recommended COVID-19 vaccinations," public health said on Twitter.
"Getting a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to significantly decrease the odds of severe outcomes like hospitalization or death, especially for those over 50."
OPH hospitalization figures only represent Ottawa residents who are in hospital because of an active case of COVID-19. Local hospitals report higher figures, which include patients who were admitted for reasons other than COVID-19 but have tested positive and patients who are not from Ottawa.
Here is a look at how many COVID-19 patients are in each hospital:
Ottawa Public Health reported 335 new cases of COVID-19 since Tuesday, along with five new deaths linked to the virus.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, there have been 79,514 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 859 deaths.
There are 51 outbreaks in Ottawa’s long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals and other settings, down from 53 outbreaks on Tuesday.
Updated Aug. 8
*Statistics on Ottawa residents with one or more doses include anyone with an Ottawa postal code who was vaccinated anywhere in Ontario.
Ottawa Public Health is currently reporting active outbreaks in the following locations (as of Friday, Aug. 12):
OPH no longer reports outbreaks in schools and childcare settings nor community outbreaks, such as those linked to local businesses, religious institutions, or sports and recreation activities.
A full list of locations with active outbreaks is available on OPH’s COVID-19 dashboard.
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