56 COVID-19 hospitalizations, zero deaths within the London space

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There has been a slight increase in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and infected hospital workers in Greater London.

The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) confirmed it currently has 56 inpatients with COVID-19 in its care, nine more than on Monday. The number of people hospitalized with the virus at the LHSC has surged between the low 40s and mid-60s since the beginning of the month.

Of those currently hospitalized, 18 are being treated for COVID-19 and 38 for other illnesses, but have also tested positive.

Five or fewer COVID-infected patients are currently listed in the ICU, up from seven on Monday. Children’s Hospital has five or fewer inpatients with the virus. None are listed in pediatric critical care.

The number of hospital workers who have contracted COVID-19 rose on Thursday. The LHSC said it had 92 infected staff, up from 15 in the past four days.

There are currently two stage two COVID-19 outbreaks in the LHSC. The last was reported on the B7 200/PICU at Victoria Hospital. University Hospital U4 Medical Unit has had an ongoing outbreak for the past week and a half.

The Middlesex London Health Unit has registered 163 new cases in the area since Monday. The health entity now only updates its COVID-19 dashboard twice a week, and daily case counts are believed to be an underestimate of community spread since the provincial government restricted eligibility for PCR testing in late December. The total number of confirmed cases on the ground since March 2020 is now 43,210, according to the health unit.

No further COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in London or Middlesex County since the beginning of the week. This leaves the local death toll unchanged at 448.

The number of closed cases is up to 42,231. There are currently 537 known active cases in the region, up from 466 a week ago.

Southwestern Public Health, the health unit for Elgin and Oxford counties, reported 148 more COVID-19 cases this week, raising the local case count to 15,948 since the pandemic began. Another COVID-19 death was recorded in the region, bringing the local death toll to 184. The number of resolved cases rose to 15,562, and there are now 202 known active cases in the two counties.