COVID-19: Middlesex-London stories 10 instances, 6 recoveries on July 16

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On Friday, the Middlesex-London Health Unit reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 and six recoveries.

The total number of cases in the region stands at 12,679, with 12,384 recoveries, 66 active cases, and 229 total deaths.

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The total number of cases with a worrying variant stands at 3,532, an increase of one from Thursday.

The breakdown of the known variant cases is as follows:

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  • 3,369 cases of the alpha variant (B.1.1.7), identified for the first time in Great Britain
  • 99 cases of the Gamma (P.1) variant, identified for the first time in Brazil
  • 58 cases of the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, identified for the first time in India
  • 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 11,462 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in London since the pandemic began, 372 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 nine inpatients with COVID-19, fewer than five of whom are in intensive care.

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.

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There are currently no LHSC employees among the staff who have tested positive for COVID-19.

At St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the organization reports a case involving a caregiver rather than any patient or resident case.


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Institutional breakouts

The MLHU does not report any institutional outbreaks, however there is one outbreak related to indoor gatherings at Christ Embassy Church at 1472 Dundas Street in London.

As of Thursday, six cases have been linked to the outbreak.

Vaccinations and tests

The MLHU is accepting walk-ins for the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in their mass vaccination clinics.

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The health department says 77.8 percent of residents 12 and older received at least one dose, while 46.3 percent received two doses.

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

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

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Several pop-up walk-in clinics are planned across the region. A full list can be found on the health department’s website.

The health department also encourages anyone who has scheduled a second dose in the second half of August or later to try to postpone it until July.

Anyone wishing to test for COVID-19 can find information on the locations of test sites on the health center’s website.

The test positive rate in the region was 1.0 percent for the week of July 4, down from 1.3 percent for the week of June 27.

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Ontario

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Ontario reports 159 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, falling below 200 for the eighth straight day, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 547,864.

According to Friday’s report, 34 cases were recorded in Gray Bruce, 25 in the Waterloo region, 23 in Toronto, 12 in the Peel region and fewer than 10 in all other local public health facilities.

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The province’s death toll rose to 9,285 as 10 more deaths were recorded.

The province says 60.5 percent of adults are now fully vaccinated with two shots, as the province officially stepped into Step 3 of the reopening plan, while 79.8 percent received at least one dose.

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Elgin and Oxford

Southwestern Public Health reported two new cases and five recoveries on Friday.

The total number of cases is now 3,915, with 3,822 cases listed as resolved, nine ongoing and 84 deaths (the last recorded Wednesday with a man in his 80s from Oxford County).

The number of cases per community can be found on the dashboard of the health unit.

A person with COVID-19 is currently in the hospital, according to the SWPH.

The number of worrying variants rose by 22 to 849, of which 756 were alpha, 49 beta and 44 were delta (up from 24 on Thursday).

No active institutional outbreaks have been reported in the region.

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The region’s test positive rate was 1.2 percent for the week of July 4, down from 0.6 percent for the week of June 27.

According to the SWPH on July 13, 76.1 percent of residents aged 12 and over received at least one dose and 46.8 percent received two doses.

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Anyone over the age of 12 can rebook their second appointment via the online booking portal or by calling 1-800-922-0096 extension. 9.

The health department is also still encouraging people to add their names to a vaccination list for the same day.

Several pharmacies in the area continue to offer a COVID-19 vaccine.


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Huron and Perth

Huron Perth Public Health reported four new cases and three recoveries on Friday, bringing the total cases to 1,922 with 1,854 recoveries, 57 deaths and 11 active cases.

Two more variant cases were confirmed, bringing that number to 335.

HPPH reports that a person with COVID-19 is currently being hospitalized.

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The number of cases by community can be viewed on the health unit’s dashboard.

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No active institutional outbreaks have been reported in the region.

The region’s test positive rate was 0.6 percent for the week of July 4, down from 0.9 percent for the week of June 27.

HPPH’s vaccine dashboard reported that 75.4 percent of people 12 and older received at least one dose, while 52.6 percent were fully vaccinated by Friday.

Information on vaccination eligibility and appointment scheduling can be found on the HPPH website. Specific information on booking a second dose of vaccine can also be found on the health department’s website.

Sarnia and Lambton

Lambton Public Health reported a new case on Friday.

The total number of cases in the region is 3,628 with 3,557 resolved, six active cases, and 65 deaths (the last reported Wednesday with a person in their twenties).

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The number of variants in the region rose by one to 669.

One patient in their care is confirmed to have COVID-19, according to Bluewater Health. No active institutional outbreaks have been reported in the region.

The region’s test positive rate was 0.95 percent for the week of July 4, down from 0.8 percent for the week of June 27.

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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.

Some pharmacies also continue to offer Pfizer or Moderna shots.

According to Lambton Public Health, 74.5 percent of adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 57.2 percent of adults are fully vaccinated.

—With files from Kelly Wang and Gabby Rodrigues from Global News

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