Children under the age of ten are infected with Covid-19 in Ottawa

Children under the age of ten are infected with Covid-19 in Ottawa

As Health Canada examines the possibility of approving Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, Ottawa Public Health data show that the volume of local cases appears to be shifting to unvaccinated children in the city.

In October, 218 cases of Covid-19 were reported in children under 10, the highest number of new cases among all age groups detected by OPH. In most cases of the coronavirus epidemic, 20-year-olds usually had the highest number of new cases in terms of age, but that number was 158 in October.

In September, 291 children under the age of 10 tested positive for the Covid-19 test, compared to 322 at the age of 20. However, the difference is more obvious when we look at cases per 100,000 population, not raw numbers. The incidence rate in September per 100,000 population among children under 10 was 264.6 – the highest among age groups – compared to 199.4 for 20-year-olds.

In October, the incidence per 100,000 children under 10 was 198.2, still the highest among all age groups, while those in their 20s dropped significantly to 97.8 per They had a population of 100,000.

As of October 28, 76 percent of people in their 20s had been fully vaccinated, according to the OPH.

These rates are also different from the fall of 2020. While the incidence among children increased last September and October, it increased among all age groups, especially the elderly.

In October 2020, when no one was vaccinated, the Covid-19 rate among children under 10 was 185.5 per 100,000 per month. It was 847.6 for people 90 years and older. OPH reported 75 cases in people 90 years and older and 204 cases in children under 10 years old.

In October 2021, the Covid-19 rate among the population aged 90 and over was 33.9 per 100,000 people. Throughout October 2021, three cases were reported in people 90 years of age or older.

The share of new cases in children under 10 is also higher than last year. In October 2020, children under the age of 10 accounted for 7.8% of all cases reported that month. As of October 2021, 22.6 percent of all reported cases were in children under 10 years of age.

These cases have nothing to do with hospitalization of children

While more cases of Covid-19 are found in children, it is not associated with increased hospitalization in this age group.

The OPH has reported only 10 cases of COVID-19 hospitalization among children under 10 years of age since the outbreak began. OPH data show that the monthly hospitalization rate per 100 inhabitants with approved Covid-19 among children aged 5 to 11 was zero for September and October. The rate was 0.8 for children 4 years and younger in September, but zero in October.

According to OPH data compiled by CTV News in October, there were no cases of people under the age of 20 with Covid-19 in hospitals. In early September, a person under the age of 10 was hospitalized.

No one in Ottawa has ever died of Covid-19 between the ages of 0 and 9 or 10 to 19.

Hospitalization is a delayed indicator and usually increases a few days or more after the onset of cases, but the overall level of children under 10 who are hospitalized with Covid-19 is the lowest among all age groups.



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