COVID-19 instances in Middlesex-London fall for the sixth consecutive yr

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MIDDLESEX CENTER, ONT. – The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reports 19 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths on Tuesday.

This is the sixth day in a row that the local daily case count has declined from a peak of 86 cases on January 20. The region hasn’t seen such a low number since early December.

There were now a total of 5,488 cases in the region, of which 3,747 were resolved and 172 died, leaving 1,569 cases active.

The two deaths include a 90-year-old man associated with a nursing home and a 60-year-old man.

There are sustained outbreaks in 13 long-term care or old people’s homes in the region, with a total of 701 cases and 94 deaths now.

Active outbreaks also continue in units at the University Hospital of the London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) and Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital.

LHSC reports 19 inpatients, five in intensive care and 16 employees who tested positive for COVID-19.

Southwestern Public Health is treating outbreaks in 12 elderly facilities in Elgin and Oxford counties.

At the Maple Manor nursing home in Tillsonburg, 85 residents and 52 employees are affected and 20 people have died. No new cases or deaths were reported on Tuesday.

And at PeopleCare Tavistock, 47 residents, a new case on Tuesday, and 36 employees tested positive and there were nine deaths.

An outbreak at Woodstock’s Caressant Care Retirement Home has now occurred in 19 residents and three employees but has seen no deaths.

Here are the cases in the region based on the latest publicly available data:

  • Elgin-Oxford – 13 new, 230 active, 2,234 total, 1,949 resolved, 55 deaths (one new death)

  • Sarnia-Lambton – six new, 123 active, 1,788 total, 1,629 resolved, 36 deaths (one new death)

  • Haldimand-Norfolk – one new, 100 active, 1,294 total, 1,151 resolved, 38 deaths

  • Huron-Perth – two new, 122 active, 1,175 total, 1,017 resolved, 36 deaths

  • Gray-Bruce – three new, 24 active, 624 total, 600 resolved, no deaths

Public Health Gray Bruce says the way the daily case counts are reported has changed, with no longer accounting for cases that are routed to other health units. This has led to a decrease in the number of confirmed and resolved cases.

Ontario saw fewer than 1,800 cases for the first time in weeks as tests also fell.