Ottawa Public Health reports a fifth case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 32 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday, the same day Ontario saw the highest one-day increase in new cases in six months.

Medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches also announced a fifth case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant of concern in Ottawa. Etches said the case was linked to recent travel, but provided no other details.

The 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday follows 74 new cases on Wednesday.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa in March 2020, there have been 32,507 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 618 deaths.

Across Ontario, there are 1,290 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That’s the highest daily case count since May 24, when 1,446 infections were confirmed.


  • COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (Dec 1 to Dec. 7): 40.2 (up from 39.8)              
  • Positivity rate in Ottawa (Dec. 1 to Dec. 7): 2.8 per cent (up from 2.5 per cent)
  • Reproduction number (Seven day average): 1.10

Reproduction values greater than 1 indicate the virus is spreading and each case infects more than one contact. If it is less than 1, it means spread is slowing.


Of the 1,290 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, 590 cases involve individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says of the 155 people in ICU with COVID-19 related illnesses, 131 are not fully vaccinated. A total of 232 of the 309 people in hospital with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.


Ottawa Public Health has updated its vaccination numbers to include children between ages five and 11, who are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The health unit releases vaccine numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

As of Wednesday:

  • Ottawa residents with 1 dose (5+): 872,183 (+3,804)
  • Ottawa residents with 2 doses (5+): 816,182 (+595)
  • Share or population five and older with at least one dose: 87 per cent
  • Share of population five and older fully vaccinated: 82 per cent 

*Statistics on Ottawa residents with one or two doses include anyone with an Ottawa postal code who was vaccinated anywhere in Ontario.


There are 451 active cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday, down from 475 active cases on Wednesday.

Ottawa Public Health reported 56 more newly resolved cases of COVID-19. The total number of resolved cases of coronavirus in Ottawa is 31,438.

The number of active cases is the number of total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 minus the numbers of resolved cases and deaths. A case is considered resolved 14 days after known symptom onset or positive test result.


There are five people in Ottawa area hospitals with COVID-19 related illnesses on Thursday, down from six on Wednesday. That includes one person in the ICU. 

Age categories of people in hospital:

  • 0-9: 0
  • 10-19: 0
  • 20-29: 0
  • 30-39: 0
  • 40-49: 0
  • 50-59: 0
  • 60-69: 2
  • 70-79: 1
  • 80-89: 2 (1 in ICU)
  • 90+: 0

(Ottawa Public Health is now reporting people in hospital with an “active” infection)


  • 0-9 years old: Four new cases (3,230 total cases)
  • 10-19 years-old: Two new cases (4,359 total cases)
  • 20-29 years-old: Seven new cases (7,120 total cases)
  • 30-39 years-old: Five new cases (4,968 total cases)
  • 40-49 years-old: Four new cases (4,260 total cases)
  • 50-59 years-old: Seven new cases (3,708 total cases)
  • 60-69-years-old: Three new cases (2,189 total cases)
  • 70-79 years-old: Zero new cases (1,203 total cases)
  • 80-89 years-old: Zero new cases (909 total cases)
  • 90+ years old: Zero new cases (552 total cases)
  • Unknown: Zero new cases (3 cases total)


Ottawa Public Health has added the new Omicron variant to its list of variants of concern.

  • Total Alpha (B.1.1.7) cases: 6,851
  • Total Beta (B.1.351) cases: 513
  • Total Gamma (P.1) cases: 55
  • Total Delta (B.1.617.2) cases: 1,341
  • Total Omicron (B.1.1.529) cases: 5
  • Total variants of concern/mutation cases: 12,457
  • Deaths linked to variants/mutations: 122

*OPH notes that that VOC and mutation trends must be treated with caution due to the varying time required to complete VOC testing and/or genomic analysis following the initial positive test for SARS-CoV-2. Test results may be completed in batches and data corrections or updates can result in changes to case counts that may differ from past reports.


The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Task Force says 2,645 swabs were processed at assessment centres in Ottawa on Dec. 7.

A total of 3,920 lab tests performed in Ottawa on Tuesday.

The average turnaround from the time a swab is taken at a testing site to the result is 22 hours.


  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 19 new cases
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: 23 new cases
  • Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health: 98 new cases
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: 20 new cases
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit: 14 new cases


Ottawa Public Health reports COVID-19 outbreaks at institutions and community outbreaks in Ottawa. There are two ongoing outbreaks in health care institutions and 29 in child care and school settings.

Community outbreaks:

  • Multi-unit Dwelling: One outbreak
  • Religious/Spiritual Organization: One outbreak
  • Sports & Recreation– Recreation: One outbreak

Schools and childcare spaces currently experiencing outbreaks: 

  • Assumption Catholic elementary school (Nov. 8)
  • Académie Providence Soeurs Antonines (Nov. 16)
  • Carlington Recreation Centre – Licenced Childcare Centre (Nov. 17)
  • Le Carrefour – Services de garde agréés en Centre (Nov. 18)
  • St. Rita Elementary School (Nov. 21)
  • Carson Grove Elementary School (Nov. 22)
  • Holy Redeemer Elementary School (Nov. 22)
  • Chapel Hill Catholic School (Nov. 23)
  • École élémentaire catholique St. François d’Assise (Nov. 24)
  • Inuuqatigiit licenced childcare – Overbrook (Nov. 25)
  • Notre Dame High School (Nov. 25)
  • Frank Ryan Catholic Intermediate School (Nov. 26)
  • École élémentaire catholique Elisabeth-Bruyère (Dec. 1) 
  • Half Moon Bay Public School (Dec. 1) 
  • Mary Honeywell Elementary School (Dec. 2)
  • St. Marguerite d’Youville Elementary School (Dec. 2) 
  • St. Thomas More Elementary School (Dec. 2) 
  • Mifo Notre-Dame-Des-Champs – Service Garde Agrees Centre ( Dec. 2)
  • École élémentaire catholique Jonathan-Pitre (Dec. 3) NEW
  • École élémentaire publique Jeanne-Sauvé (Dec. 3) 
  • Berrigan Elementary School (Dec. 3) NEW
  • St. Benedict Elementary School (Dec. 4) NEW
  • École élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean (Dec. 4) 
  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Bernadette (Dec. 5) 
  • Featherston Drive Public School (Dec. 6) 
  • Vimy Ridge Public School (Dec. 7) NEW
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton elementary school (Dec. 7) NEW
  • Osgoode Township High School (Dec. 7) NEW
  • École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame-des-Champs (Dec. 7) NEW

Healthcare and congregate settings experiencing outbreaks:

  • Rooming House (Nov. 12)
  • St. Patrick’s Home – Floors 3, 4, 5 (Nov. 17)

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