5 extra COVID-19 deaths in Larger London


Five more COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in the London area since Monday.

Three women, one in their 70s, another in their 80s and the third in their 90s, along with two men, one in their 70s, the other in their 90s, have succumbed to the virus, the Middlesex London Health Unit confirmed on Thursday. All but one of the five people were connected to a long-term care or retirement home. Her death brings the local death toll to 440.

The health unit also recorded 125 new cases in the region since Monday. The health entity now only updates its COVID-19 dashboard twice a week, and daily case counts are believed to underestimate community spread since the provincial government restricted eligibility for PCR testing in late December. The total number of confirmed on-site cases since March 2020 is now 42,598, according to the health unit.

“COVID-19 has not gone away,” said Medical Health Officer Dr. Alex Summers at a press conference Thursday afternoon. “Fortunately, the vaccine has saved many from serious consequences, but unfortunately if you see that many infected people, you will see a higher number of deaths.”

The number of closed cases is up to 41,623. There are currently 535 known active cases in the region, up from 604 a week ago.

“The level of COVID-19 in our community has remained largely constant throughout the summer,” Summers said. “What we are seeing is a consistent presence of COVID-19 throughout the community. It’s a new baseline.”

The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) confirmed it currently has 53 inpatients with COVID-19 in its care, 12 more than on Monday. At this time last week, 53 people with COVID were admitted to the LHSC. Of those currently hospitalized, 15 are being treated for COVID-19 and 38 for other illnesses, but have also tested positive.

Currently, unchanged from Monday, five or fewer COVID-infected patients are listed in the ICU. Children’s Hospital has five or fewer inpatients with the virus, but none are listed in pediatric critical care.

The number of hospital workers who have contracted COVID-19 fell slightly on Thursday. The LHSC said it had 100 infected staff, down from three since Monday.

The hospital network has been outbreak-free for a week now.

Southwestern Public Health, the health unit for Elgin and Oxford counties, reported 201 more COVID-19 cases this week, raising the local case count to 15,588 since the pandemic began. Three more COVID-19 deaths were recorded in the region, bringing the local death toll to 181. The number of resolved cases rose to 15,159, and the two counties now have 248 known active cases.


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