2 COVID-19 deaths, 28 hospitalizations in London, Middlesex

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The London-area COVID-19 death toll rose by two on Friday as hospitalizations and staff cases also rose.

The Middlesex London Health Unit reported that two men, one in his 60s, the other in his 80s, are the latest people in the city and county to succumb to the virus. Both were not affiliated with a nursing or retirement home. There have been 11 COVID-19 related deaths on site so far this month. The local death toll currently stands at 357.

A further 94 new cases have been confirmed in London and Middlesex in the past 24 hours, up from 116 on Thursday. However, the Middlesex London Health Unit has found the number of cases in a day is likely an underestimate of the true number of people in the area with the virus due to changes to testing eligibility.

The total number of confirmed infections in the region since the pandemic began is now 33,537.

The number of closed cases rose to 32,442. There are 737 known active cases in the region, up 39 from the past 24 hours.

Hospital admissions due to the virus rose for the fourth straight day on Friday, according to figures from the London Health Sciences Center (LHSC). The hospital network currently has 28 inpatient COVID-19 patients under its care, up one from Thursday. Of those cared for by the LHSC, five or fewer are in intensive care.

The LHSC noted that eight of the 28 COVID-19 positive people in its care were admitted to treatment for the virus. The 20 remaining people were hospitalized for other reasons and tested positive for the virus.

There are currently 208 hospital workers who have tested positive for the virus, an increase of nine from Thursday and 41 from this time last week.

79 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Elgin and Oxford counties on Friday. Southwestern Public Health, the health unit for the area, said the local total for cases rises to 11,804, with 11,384 resolved. The local COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged at 154. There are currently 266 known active cases in the two counties.

COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province edged up Friday.

Public health officials confirmed there are currently 667 COVID-19 positive people in Ontario hospitals. That’s six more than the day before. This time last week, COVID-19 hospitalizations hit their lowest level in 2022, with 615 people admitted.

Of the 667 hospitalized on Friday, around 46 percent were admitted for the virus, while 54 percent were admitted for other reasons and tested positive for the virus.

There are 161 patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units, four fewer than Thursday.

Ontario reported 2,761 new cases of COVID-19 as of Friday. Public health officials have warned that the daily counts underestimate the spread of the virus in the province due to limited suitability for PCR testing.

Ontario’s total number of cases since the pandemic began now stands at 1,148,336.

22 more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 12,388. The province said 15 of the deaths occurred within the last month and seven more than a month ago.

The number of closed cases increased by 1,818 to 1,118,196.

17,654 COVID-19 tests have been processed in the last 24 hours. Ontario’s positivity rate now stands at 12.6 percent.

To date, the province has administered 32,014,394 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 90.9 percent of those aged 12 and older having received two shots. More than 7.1 million Ontarians have received a booster shot.