Ottawa’s COVID-19 positivity rate hits troubling highs on Wednesday as the province prepares to introduce new restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus

Ottawa Public Health reported an increase of 196 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases locally to 18,632 since the start of the pandemic

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

The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive last week rose to 88 percent on Wednesday, from 78 percent in the previous period For comparison, when Ottawa entered Ontario’s red zone at in mid-March, the city’s positivity rate was 27 percent

Since then, COVID-19 levels have skyrocketed in the nation’s capital, straining the city’s health system and Ottawa Public Health’s contact tracing capabilities

There are now 69 people in hospital with COVID-19 locally – 13 more than the day before – with 20 coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit

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

Public Health Ontario reports that 485% of COVID-19 cases in Ottawa from March 26 to April 1 are likely variants of concern (COV) OPH says there have been 612 cases of VOC or mutated coronavirus identified at Ottawa to date

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

Dr Vera Etches, Ottawa Medical Officer of Health, and Mayor Jim Watson have declared their support for further measures to control the spread of the virus

Premier Doug Ford holds a press conference to outline the new procedures at 2 p.m. Wednesday

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

There were 180,125 doses of vaccine administered locally on Wednesday, representing 77% of the city’s total supply received to date

Ottawa administered just over 7,000 doses of the vaccine on Tuesday, a new high in one day for the local immunization campaign

So far, 16% of all residents aged 16 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 3% have received both doses

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