COVID-19: Ottawa Public Health reports four new deaths in a biweekly update

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(Reported Friday, last message Tuesday)

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4: New Deaths

866: Total Deaths

18: Ottawa residents hospitalized due to active infection

1: In IC due to active infection

122: Confirmed COVID-19 patients in Ottawa hospitals as of Wednesday (including non-Ottawa residents), 52 in hospital due to COVID-19 (two in ICU), and 70 for other reasons (two in ICU)

286: New COVID-19 cases (case numbers are considered underestimated, with testing limited to certain groups)

80,037:Total number of cases

845: Active Cases

51: Ongoing outbreaks in institutional settings

13: Percent of community test positivity (seven-day average as of Wednesday)

The current public health situation

The capital’s COVID-19 indicators are beginning to decline and “that’s encouraging,” Ottawa Public Health said in a weekly “snapshot.”

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“But COVID-19 levels remain high in our community,” the health unit said on Thursday. “Let’s get ahead of the fall (and) do what we can to minimize the impact,” such as taking advantage of the summer weather by collecting outdoors.

The level of the virus detected in Ottawa’s wastewater and the percentage of tests that come back positive are high and declining, OPH said. New hospitalizations from COVID-19 and new outbreaks in settings such as hospitals and long-term care are moderate and declining.

The capital’s update of vaccinations for children under five is one of the highest in the province, OPH said, but for families who have yet to make an appointment, now is the time before school starts.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Department of Health reported Friday that it has approved the use of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech as a booster for children ages five to 11, at least six months after receiving their first two doses.

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The authorization for a booster injection was granted after a thorough, independent review of the vaccine, which “provides good protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death,” the health ministry wrote on Twitter.

Canada is witnessing a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, but citizens should prepare for the potential emergence of new variants of the virus in the coming months, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, at a news conference.

with files from The Canadian Press

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