What is the situation like in the London area?
The Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) reported an additional 140 cases of COVID-19 and no deaths on Wednesday.
The health unit recorded 85 recoveries, of which 939 were active in the area. The seven-day average for the number of cases remains constant at 99.
According to the MLHU, almost half of the new infections can be traced back to contact with a known case. Six cases are linked to an outbreak, and three are from international travel. There are 29 cases with no known link and 32 are waiting to be contacted.
People in their thirties and younger made up 89 cases on Wednesday, or nearly 64 percent. The lowest cases among the Middlesex-London populations continue to be in their eighties and older, many of whom have now been vaccinated.
The London Health Sciences Center is currently caring for 93 patients with COVID-19, 40 of them in intensive care. There are six employees who recently tested positive for the virus and are in isolation.
Are you looking for a COVID-19 vaccine?
Eligibility to vaccinate includes people aged 16 and over with a high health risk and everyone over 60. Bookings can be made using the local online booking system at covidvaccinelm.ca or by calling 226-289-3560 daily between 8:00 am and 7:30 pm.
Vaccines are also available for anyone aged 40 and over in participating pharmacies in the region. Bookings are made through pharmacies by booking online, calling, or finding a place to do walk-ins. A list of the available locations can be found here.
COVID-19 in the region and beyond
Southwestern Public Health reports 13 new cases of coronavirus in Elgin-Oxford. There are currently 141 cases in the region, including 44 in Woodstock, 30 in St. Thomas, 17 in Tillsonburg and 12 in Ingersoll.
Huron Perth Public Health reports eight new COVID-19 cases after no cases were counted on Tuesday. The region currently has 35 ongoing infections.
There have now been 3,480 cases of COVID-19 and 24 deaths in Ontario as of Wednesday. The Ministry of Health announced an emergency ordinance that would allow hospitals to move some patients to long-term care or old people’s homes without their consent.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said the move will allow hospitals to make way for a sustained influx of COVID-19 patients amid the third wave that is sweeping the province.
Transfers will only be considered for patients whose doctors have determined they no longer need hospital care, Elliott said.