COVID-19 hospitalizations up barely in London


The number of people admitted to London hospital with COVID-19 rose slightly over the weekend.

The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) confirmed on Monday it has 22 patients with the virus in its care. That’s an increase of five since Thursday. At this time last week, the LHSC had 15 inpatients with COVID-19. Hospital officials said seven of the current inpatients are being treated for the virus, while the other 15 are being treated for other illnesses but have tested positive for COVID.

The intensive care unit has five or fewer infected patients. There are five or fewer inpatients with the virus at Children’s Hospital, including five or fewer listed in pediatric critical care.

The number of hospital workers who tested positive fell by 16 on Monday. There are 120 infected staff at the LHSC. Despite the drop, the number of sick employees is still higher than at this point last week, when 108 were confirmed to have contracted the virus.

There are two stage two COVID-19 outbreaks at University Hospital and none at Victoria Hospital. The outbreaks at UH are listed on the U10 SAMU and Palliative Care Unit and Wings U6 for Cardiovascular Surgery 200, 300.

The Middlesex London Health Unit has reported 191 new COVID-19 cases since it last updated its COVID-19 dashboard on Thursday. But public health officials warn that single-day case numbers underestimate community spread as eligibility changes limit who can get a test. The total number of cases in the region stands at 39,459 since the pandemic began.

No other COVID-19-related deaths were recorded on Monday, bringing the local death toll to 409. The number of solved cases is up to 38,603. The number of active cases on site rose by 61 since Thursday to 447 on Monday.

The health unit will issue its next COVID-19 update on Thursday as it now only updates its COVID dashboard twice a week.

Southwestern Public Health, the health unit covering Elgin and Oxford counties, only updates its COVID-19 case dashboard on Wednesdays, while the province releases its weekly updated figures on Thursdays.