COVID-19 instances in Middlesex-London have elevated however p.c positivity has decreased


MIDDLESEX CENTER, ONT. – The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reports 62 new COVID-19 cases and one death on Wednesday.

Death was a woman in her forties who wasn’t associated with long-term care or an old people’s home.

The region now has a total of 11,729 cases and 215 deaths, with 10,910 cases resolved and 604 remaining active – a number that has steadily declined.

The number of cases is up slightly from the daily counts earlier this week, which have been between 26 and 56 since Saturday.

In the week ending May 15, the weekly percentage positivity in Middlesex-London fell to 4.6 percent, while the provincial rate was 7.2 percent over the same period.

This is the fifth straight week that the percentage of people who tested positive has decreased after peaking at 7.8 percent in early April during the worst phase of the third wave, although the number of tests performed has also decreased.

There are now 2,625 cases with a worrying variant – almost all B.1.1.7 variants originating in the UK

As of Tuesday, over 50 percent of adults in Middlesex-London had received at least one dose of vaccine, and the MLHU urges residents to “keep up that momentum!”

There are currently four active outbreaks in senior facilities in the area and one in a daycare center.

Meanwhile, Southwestern Public Health is still dealing with two outbreaks. There were 10 cases and one death at the Caressant Care nursing home in Woodstock, while there were 19 cases and one death at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital.

Here are the last available numbers of other local health authorities:

  • Elgin-Oxford – 14 new, 102 active, 3,689 total, 3,501 resolved, 79 deaths, 698 variants

  • Gray-Bruce – three new, 54 active, 1,304 total, 1,243 resolved, seven deaths, 357 variants

  • Haldimand-Norfolk – three new, 114 active, 2,568 total, 2,407 resolved, 42 deaths (one new)

  • Huron-Perth – eight new, 75 active, 1,740 total, 1,609 resolved, 56 deaths (one new), 220 variants

  • Sarnia-Lambton – 14 new, 71 active, 3,427 total, 3,298 resolved, 58 deaths, 526 variants

To date, there have been nine cases but no deaths in one ongoing outbreak at Bluewater Health.

Across Ontario, new infections were below 2,000 for the second straight day, with 1,588 new cases reported on Wednesday.