COVID-19 in Ottawa: Levels of COVID-19 remain high in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health warns that levels of COVID-19 in the community remain high as the number of outbreaks continues to rise.

Four new deaths have been linked to COVID-19 in Ottawa in the past three days, along with six new outbreaks.

“Levels of COVID-19 in our community are still very high, and it remains very important that we use all the layers of protection that we know can help limit transmission,” OPH said, noting that indicators of wastewater and the percentage of positivity of the tests remain high.

Health officials are reminding residents to wear a mask, get the COVID-19 vaccine and stay home when sick.

On Friday, there were 35 Ottawa residents hospitalized with an active COVID-19 infection, up from 44 on Tuesday. There are three people in intensive care.

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: 72 patients (compared to 82 patients on Tuesday)
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital: 44 patients (compared to 37 patients on Tuesday)
  • Montfort Hospital: 27 patients (against 30 patients on Tuesday)
  • CHEO: Three patients (compared to six patients on Tuesday)

Public health is reporting 402 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since Tuesday, and four new deaths.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, there have been 78,139 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 844 deaths.

There are six new outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals and other facilities since Tuesday.

Ottawa’s largest active COVID-19 outbreak is at Billings Lodge Retirement Community, where 48 residents and 15 staff have tested positive. A COVID-19 outbreak at Carleton Lodge includes 41 residents and 11 staff members.


  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (July 21-27): 93.5
  • Seven-day average positivity rate in the Ottawa community, including long-term care: 19.2%
  • Known active cases: 1,343 (-3)


Updated July 25.

  • Ottawa residents with 1 dose (5+): 919,326
  • Ottawa residents with 2 doses (5+): 885,200
  • Ottawa residents with 3 doses (12+): 585,700
  • Percentage of the population aged five and over having received at least one dose: 93%
  • 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: 15 in hospital, 2 in intensive care
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 13 in hospital, 0 in intensive care
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health: 11 in hospital, 32 in intensive care (as of Tuesday)
  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit: 9 in hospital, 0 in intensive care (updated Tuesdays)
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 56 in hospital, 0 in intensive care
  • Outaouais (Gatineau and western Quebec): 79 in hospital, 0 in intensive care


Ottawa Public Health is currently reporting active outbreaks in the following locations (as of Friday, July 29):

  • 14 long-term care homes
  • 27 retirement homes
  • 21 hospital units
  • 13 other collective facilities (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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