Another COVID-19-related death was reported by the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) on Saturday.
According to the health department, the dead person was a woman in her 80s who had not been vaccinated against the virus. There were now nine deaths from COVID-19 in March and 99 this year.
MLHU has reported an additional 174 new cases of the virus in high-risk settings since Friday, including long-term care homes, hospitals and other residential communities. The seven-day moving average for high-risk cases is down slightly to 65.
Local hospitalizations continue the slow downward trend
The London Health Sciences Center reported that 21 patients were being treated at local hospitals on Monday, down by two since Friday
Among the hospitalized patients are 12 who were treated directly for the virus and nine others tested positive for COVID-19 while being treated for other illnesses. There are currently five or fewer patients in intensive care and five or fewer in children’s hospital.
The number of employees who have tested positive for the virus and are isolating is 159, down eight from Friday.
Mask mandates end for some settings
The province’s mask requirement was officially lifted Monday for restaurants, grocery stores, gyms and public schools. While masks are no longer required, health officials continue to urge people to wear them.
“Our recommendation remains that individuals consider masking indoors and that organizations consider the tools in their toolbox to encourage masking in relation to the risk they perceive in their environment,” said Dr. Alex Summers, health officer of the MLHU on Monday.
London City Councils will meet on Tuesday to discuss the mask requirement for city facilities on Tuesday.
Masks must continue to be worn on public transportation, in long-term care homes and other care and residential centers, hospitals, shelters, prisons, and in MLHU offices. The remaining mandates will remain in place until all provisions are fully lifted on April 27.
COVID-19 across the province
The Department of Health on Monday reports 551 people hospitalized with the virus across Ontario, including 181 patients in intensive care. The number of patients in intensive care units has fallen from 228 on the same day last week.
Four more COVID-19-related deaths were reported, for a total of 12,336 deaths in Ontario since the pandemic began.