COVID-19: Middlesex-London Well being Unit provides 15 instances

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The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 15 more COVID-19 cases and seven recoveries on Thursday, bringing the total to 12,899 cases with 78 active cases, 12,590 recoveries and 231 deaths.

The most recent deaths were reported on July 30th involving a man in his 50s and a man in his 60s.

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Of all cases reported since July 1, 65.69 percent were in people who were completely unvaccinated and 8.5 percent were in people who were completely vaccinated.

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The number of confirmed variants of Concerning Cases increased by two, both with the Delta variant, to 3,663.

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
  • 156 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.

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A total of 11,657 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in London since the pandemic began, 382 at the Middlesex Center and 335 in Strathroy-Caradoc.

For more information, see the Health Unit’s Middlesex-London Health Unit Summary of COVID-19 Cases.

Hospital stays

The London Health Sciences Center says it has six inpatients with COVID-19, five or fewer of whom are in intensive care.

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

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.

Institutional breakouts

The MLHU says an outbreak, which was declared on July 30th at the Pond Mills Children’s Center, is ongoing. According to the health department, there is currently a case related to the daycare center.


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Vaccinations and tests

On Thursday the MLHU announced that children born in 2009 can be vaccinated against COVID-19 with immediate effect. That means 11-year-olds who will turn 12 this year won’t have to wait until their birthday to get vaccinated.

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Of residents aged 12 and over, 81.4 percent have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 69.7 percent are fully vaccinated.

According to the MLHU, all deaths reported in the region since July 1 have been individuals who were completely unvaccinated.

Only one fully vaccinated person has been hospitalized since July 1, or 7.69 percent of all hospitalizations since July 1.

Of all cases reported since July 1, 8.5 percent (or 26 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.

The test positive rate in the region was 1.3 percent for the week of August 1, compared to 1.4 percent for the week of July 25.

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Ontario reported 513 cases Thursday – the highest number since June 13 when 530 cases were recorded.

Of these, 360 were unvaccinated and 56 were partially vaccinated.

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According to Thursday’s report, 105 cases were recorded in Toronto, 70 in the York area, 64 in the Peel area, 44 in Durham, 29 in Hamilton, 27 in Windsor-Essex and 25 in the Simcoe Muskoka district.

All other local health authorities reported 20 or fewer cases.

Of those 12 and older, 72.53 percent are fully vaccinated and 81.22 percent have received at least one dose.

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Elgin and Oxford

Southwestern Public Health added five cases and 11 recoveries on Thursday for a total of 4,007 cases with 32 active, 3,897 recoveries and 84 deaths.

Of the 26 active cases, 11 are in Woodstock and seven are in St. Thomas. 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 worrying cases rose by one to 923, with 766 listed as alpha, 105 as delta (an increase of one) and 52 as beta.

No active institutional outbreaks have been reported in the region.

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The region’s test positive rate for the week of August 1 was unchanged at 1.4 percent from the week of July 25.

According to the SWPH on August 11, 79.1 percent of residents 12 years and older received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 68.1 percent received two doses.

Information on vaccination centers, vaccination eligibility and appointment booking and cancellation 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 recorded two COVID-19 cases and three recoveries on Thursday for a total of 1,963 cases, with 15 active, 1,891 resolved and 57 deaths.

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The number of cases in which a variant of concern was confirmed remains unchanged at 363.

Of the 15 active cases, 13 are in North Perth. The number of cases by community can be viewed on the health unit’s dashboard.

No one was hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday.

There is an active outbreak in the community, but HPPH has not released details on it. The health unit says it only discloses details of non-institutional outbreaks “when the contact tracing cannot be completed and we determine that there is a risk to the public”.

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There is also a confirmed COVID-19 case that a health worker was involved in, according to HPPH.

The region’s test positive rate was 1.1 percent for the week of August 1, compared to 0.3 percent for the week of July 25.

HPPH’s vaccine dashboard showed that as of Thursday, 78.7 percent of people 12 and older had received at least one dose of vaccine, while 70.5 percent were fully vaccinated.

HPPH offers “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.

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

Sarnia and Lambton

Lambton Public Health reported no new cases Thursday but added a recovery, a total of 3,644 cases with four active, 3,572 resolved and 68 deaths.

The last death involving anyone over 70 was reported on July 26th.

The number of confirmed variants of concern remains unchanged at 689.

A patient with COVID-19 is currently in the hospital, according to Bluewater Health.

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

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The region’s test positive rate was 0.34 percent for the week of August 1, compared to 0.82 percent for the week of July 25.

Of the 12 and older people, according to the LPH, 76.4 percent received at least one dose, while 69.5 percent were fully vaccinated from Thursday.

Those 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 Jessica Patton of Global News

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