COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise in Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is seeing an increase in the number of people hospitalized with illnesses related to COVID-19.

Ottawa Public Health on Thursday reported 17 people in Ottawa-area hospitals with an active COVID-19 infection, up from 11 on Tuesday. There’s a person in intensive care with an active infection.

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: 53 patients
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital: seven patients
  • Montfort Hospital: 13 patients
  • CHEO: Four patients

OPH reported 42 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. 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.

No new deaths have been reported in Ottawa.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa in March 2020, there have been 73,272 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 804 deaths.

Public Health Ontario is reporting a decrease in the number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the province. There are 1,005 hospitalizations and 154 ICU admissions related to COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 1,082 hospitalizations on Wednesday.


  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (May 18-24): 29.6 (from 36.0)
  • Seven-day average of the positivity rate in the Ottawa community, excluding long-term care homes (May 24): 8.2%
  • Known active cases: 468 (-81)


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: 7 in hospital, 0 in intensive care
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 21 in hospital, 1 in intensive care
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: 21 in hospital, 1 in intensive care
  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit: 7 in hospital, 1 in intensive care
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 9 in hospital, 0 in intensive care
  • Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 56 hospitalized, 1 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:

  • 6 long-term care homes
  • 4 retirement homes
  • 7 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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