COVID-19: 7 circumstances in Middlesex-London, 9 in Elgin and Oxford on Wednesday

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The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) added seven new cases to its list on Wednesday, a total of 12,813.

The health unit also reported 12 recoveries out of a total of 12,524. There are currently at least 58 active cases.

The death toll is unchanged at 231 as two deaths were reported on Friday.

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The number of confirmed variants of worrying cases increased by 15 to 3,636, including 10 in the delta variant.

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The breakdown of the known variant cases is as follows:

  • 3,381 cases of the alpha variant (B.1.1.7), identified for the first time in Great Britain
  • 129 cases of the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, identified for the first time in India
  • 120 cases of the Gamma (P.1) variant, identified for the first time in Brazil
  • two cases of the beta variant (B.1.351), identified for the first time in South Africa
  • a case of the kappa variant (B.1.617.1), identified for the first time in India
  • a case of the Zeta variant (P.2), first identified in Brazil

In addition, only one case is listed as B.1.617 and one case as B.1.617.3.

A total of 11,583 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in London since the pandemic began, 379 at the Middlesex Center and 334 in Strathroy-Caradoc.

For more information, please see the Middlesex-London COVID-19 Case Summary page from the Health Department.

Hospital stays

The London Health Sciences Center says it has eight inpatients with COVID-19, with five or fewer of those patients in intensive care as of Wednesday.

To protect patient privacy, LHSC only reports certain numbers when there are more than five.

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LHSC does not report patients from outside the area.

Less than five LHSC employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

At St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the organization does not report any cases from patients, residents or caregivers.





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Institutional breakouts

LHSC reported an outbreak in the B7-200 inpatient adult mental health unit / PICU at Victoria Hospital on Monday. As of Wednesday, there are fewer than five cases.

LHSC announced Tuesday that the outbreak was now contained.

Vaccinations and tests

The MLHU published updated vaccination data as of July 31 on Tuesday.

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Of residents aged 12 and over, 80.8 percent received at least one dose, while 66.9 percent received two doses.

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According to the MLHU, all deaths reported in the region since June 23 have been individuals who were completely unvaccinated.

All hospital admissions involved people who were unvaccinated, not yet protected from vaccination (infection occurred less than 14 days after the first dose), or were partially vaccinated (infection occurred more than 14 days after the first dose but less than 14 days after) the second dose).

Of all cases reported since June 23, only 5.3 percent (or 15 cases) involve fully vaccinated people.

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On the health department’s website, residents can find information on pop-up clinics, mass vaccination clinics, and pharmacies; Guidance for people vaccinated outside the province or country; Transport assistance for the needy; and more.

Anyone who would like to be tested for COVID-19 can find out about the locations of the test sites on the website of the health department.

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The test positive rate in the region was 1.0 percent for the week of July 18, down from 1.1 percent for the week of July 11.

Ontario

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On Wednesday, the province reported 139 new COVID-19 cases and 11 more deaths, seven of which were based on data cleansing from 2020, a total of 551,125 with 9,360 deaths.

According to Wednesday’s report, 26 cases were recorded in Toronto, 19 in the Waterloo area, 18 in the Peel area, 15 in the York area, 12 in Hamilton, 11 in the Durham area and 10 in Windsor-Essex.

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All other local health authorities reported fewer than 10 new cases in the provincial report.

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According to Ontario, 70.1 percent of residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated, with 80.6 percent receiving at least one dose.

Elgin and Oxford

Southwestern Public Health added nine cases and two recoveries on Wednesday.

The total number of cases is 3,972 with 38 active cases, 3,850 resolved and 84 deaths.

Of the 38 active cases, 15 are in Woodstock, 10 in St. Thomas and six in Blandford-Blenheim. The number of cases per community can be found on the dashboard of the health unit.

No one is currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to SWPH.

The number of variants of worrying cases fell by one to 883 on Wednesday, with 766 listed as alpha, 66 as delta (a decrease of one) and 51 as beta.

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No active institutional outbreaks have been reported in the region.

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The region’s test positive rate was 0.4 percent for the week of July 18, down from 1.1 percent for the week of July 11.

According to the SWPH on August 3, 79.2 percent of residents aged 12 and over received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 65.2 percent two doses.

Information on vaccination, vaccination eligibility and booking and canceling appointments can be found on the website of the health department.

People can also enter their names weekly on the vaccination list of the health department, also known as the cancellation list, which appears on the same day.

Selected pharmacies in the region continue to offer vaccinations against COVID-19.


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Huron and Perth

Huron Perth Public Health reported a COVID-19 case on Wednesday with a total of 1,945 cases, eight of which were listed as active, 1,880 recoveries and 57 deaths.

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Six of the eight active cases are in Stratford and one each in South Huron and Perth South. The number of cases by community can be viewed on the health unit’s dashboard.

The number of confirmed variants of worrying cases increased by five to 362.

No one was hospitalized on Wednesday as with COVID-19 and no active outbreaks have been reported in the area.

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The region’s test positive rate was 1.0 percent for the week of July 18, down from 0.9 percent for the week of July 11.

HPPH’s vaccine dashboard showed that as of Wednesday, 78.0 percent of people 12 and older had received at least one dose of vaccine, while 68.0 percent were fully vaccinated.

Starting this week, HPPH is offering “more options to make vaccination easier for residents, including walk-ins, evening hours, pop-up locations and a drive-through clinic.” You can find more information on the website of the health department.

For information on pharmacies that offer COVID-19 vaccines, visit the province’s website.

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Sarnia and Lambton

Lambton Public Health’s total cases actually dropped by one on Wednesday to 3,638, with one active case, 3,569 recoveries and 68 deaths.

The most recent death involving anyone over 70 was reported last Monday.

LPH confirmed four other variants of worrying cases for a total of 685.

There are currently no patients with COVID-19 in the hospital, according to Bluewater Health.

Lambton Public Health is not reporting any active outbreaks in the area.

The region’s test positive rate was 0.36 percent for the week of July 18, down from 0.34 percent for the week of July 11.

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As of Wednesday, 76.4 percent of adults had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 69.2 percent were fully vaccinated.

According to LPH, mass vaccination clinics will begin dismantling this month and appointments scheduled after August 10 will be canceled.

Residents who can get vaccinated on short notice are encouraged to sign up for Lambton Public Health’s daily vaccine standby list.

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Residents can book and rebook COVID-19 vaccine appointments through the health center’s registration page. People can also call the vaccine call center at 226-254-8222.

For information on pharmacies that offer COVID-19 vaccines, visit the province’s website.

—With files from Gabby Rodrigues from Global News

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