Ottawa’s COVID-19 positivity rate hits worrying highs Wednesday as the province prepares to put new restrictions in place to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus

Ottawa Public Health reported an increase of 196 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total on-site cases to 18632 increased since the beginning of the pandemic

Another person has died in connection with COVID-19, bringing the death toll from the pandemic to 470

The percentage of coronavirus tests that came back positive in the past week has risen to 8.8 percent as of Wednesday from 78 percent in the previous period For comparison, when Ottawa entered the Ontario red zone in mid-March, the positivity rate was the City at 27 percent

Since then, COVID-19 levels in the country’s capital have skyrocketed, putting a strain on the city’s health system and contact tracing capabilities of Ottawa Public Health

There are currently 69 people with COVID-19 on site in the hospital – 13 more than the day before – and 20 coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit

OPH’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that currently 97 percent of acute beds in all hospitals in the region are occupied, while 75 percent of intensive care beds are full

Public Health Ontario reports that 485 percent of COVID-19 cases in Ottawa as of Jan. March to 1 April are likely to be worrying variants (VOC) According to the OPH, 612 VOC or mutated coronavirus cases have been identified in Ottawa to date

The Ontario government is expected to announce new COVID-19 restrictions, including a possible home stay order and the closure of non-essential retail stores, sources told Global News

Dr Vera Etches, Ottawa’s health officer, and Mayor Jim Watson have announced their support for further action to combat the spread of the virus

Premier Doug Ford will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. to outline new procedures on Wednesday

COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be open to all Ottawa residents aged 60 and over from Wednesday as part of Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout in Ontario

By Wednesday 180125 doses of vaccine administered on site, which corresponds to 77 percent of the total previous total supply of the city

Ottawa administered just over 7 on Tuesday000 vaccine doses, a new daily high in the local vaccination campaign

So far, 16 percent of all residents aged 16 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and three percent have received both doses

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