COVID-19: Middlesex-London Well being Unit studies 10 circumstances, 2 deaths

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The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 10 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, although the region’s number rose by 11, as well as two additional deaths.

One man in his 50s and one man in his 60s were involved in the deaths. Neither death is associated with long-term care or a retirement home, and the health unit tells Global News that neither has been vaccinated.

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The health unit also recorded eight recoveries and confirmed 18 other variants of concern, 17 of which were in the Delta variant and one in the Alpha variant.

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In total, there were 12,776 cases with 55 active, 12,490 resolved, 231 deaths and 3,612 variants of worrying cases, according to the health department.

The breakdown of the known variant cases is as follows:

  • 3,380 cases of the alpha variant (B.1.1.7), identified for the first time in Great Britain
  • 116 cases of the Gamma (P.1) variant, identified for the first time in Brazil
  • 110 cases of the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, identified for the first time in India
  • 2 cases of the beta variant (B.1.351), identified for the first time in South Africa
  • 1 case of the kappa variant (B.1.617.1), identified for the first time in India
  • 1 case of the variant Zeta (P.2), identified for the first time in Brazil

In addition, only one case is listed as B.1.617 and one case as B.1.617.3.

A total of 11,552 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in London since the pandemic began, 374 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 six inpatients with COVID-19, with five or fewer of those patients in intensive care as of Friday.

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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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

LHSC reported an outbreak in the B7-200 inpatient adult mental health unit / PICU at Victoria Hospital on Monday. There are fewer than five cases on Friday.





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Vaccinations and tests

On Tuesday, the MLHU published updated vaccination data as of July 24th.

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Of residents 12 and older, 80.1 percent received at least one dose, while 62.8 percent were fully vaccinated.

According to the MLHU, all deaths reported in the region since June 18 have been individuals who were completely unvaccinated.

All hospital admissions involved people who were unvaccinated, not yet protected from vaccination (infection occurred less than 14 days after the first dose), or were partially vaccinated (infection occurred more than 14 days after the first dose but less than 14 days after) the second dose).

Of all cases reported since June 18, only 4.8 percent involve fully vaccinated individuals.

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The health department accepts walk-ins for the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at their mass vaccination clinics daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The opening times and days of many mass clinics will be reduced from next month. You can find all the details on our website.

The North London Optimist Community Center and Earl Nichols Recreation Center will be closed from July 31st to August 2nd and will reopen on August 3rd.

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

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

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

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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.

Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, officials say the Carling COVID-19 Assessment Center will operate as normal on Monday, August 2, but phone bookings will not be available that day.

The test positive rate in the region was 1.0 percent for the week of July 18, down from 1.1 percent for the week of July 11.

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Ontario

Ontario reported 226 cases and 11 deaths on Friday for a total of 550,178 cases and 9,339 deaths.

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Of the 226 cases, 62 were reported in Toronto, 35 in the Waterloo region, 24 in the Peel region, 13 in the York region, 13 in Hamilton and 13 in the Halton region.

In Ontario, 80.2 percent of those over 12 have received at least one dose of vaccine and 68.4 percent are fully vaccinated.

Elgin and Oxford

Southwestern Public Health reported four cases and two recoveries on Friday.

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The total number of cases is 3,950 with 20 active cases, 3,846 recoveries and 84 deaths.

Of the 20 active cases, 10 are in Woodstock, six in St. Thomas, three in Blandford-Blenheim and one in Southwold. The number of cases per community can be found on the dashboard of the health unit.

One person is currently in hospital with COVID-19, but is not in intensive care, according to the SWPH.

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The number of variants of concern cases rose by five to 873, of which 766 were alpha variants, 56 were delta variants and 51 were beta variants.

No active institutional outbreaks have been reported in the region.

The region’s test positive rate was 0.4 percent for the week of July 18, down from 1.1 percent for the week of July 11.

According to the SWPH on July 29, 78.8 percent of residents 12 and older received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 62.9 percent received two doses.

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Walk-in appointments are possible in all SWPH mass vaccination clinics, but appointments can be booked or rebooked via the online booking portal or by calling 1-800-922-0096 extension. 9.

Anyone who reschedules an earlier appointment should cancel their existing appointment. Appointments in the mass immunization clinics Tillsonburg, Woodstock or St. Thomas of the SWPH can be canceled online.

The health department is also still encouraging people to add their names to a vaccination list for 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 reported two new cases and three recoveries on Friday, a total of 1,939 cases with 1,878 recoveries, four active cases and 57 deaths.

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The number of cases with a confirmed variant of concern increased by five to 354.

Of the four active cases, two are in Stratford, while one each is reported in North Perth and Perth South. The number of cases by community can be viewed on the health unit’s dashboard.

No one is currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

No active institutional outbreaks were reported in the region as of Friday and one unidentified workplace outbreak has been declared over.

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The region’s test positive rate was 1.0 percent for the week of July 18, down from 0.9 percent for the week of July 11.

HPPH’s vaccine dashboard showed that as of Friday, 77.7 percent of people 12 and older had received at least one dose of vaccine, while 66.7 percent were fully vaccinated.

Information on vaccination eligibility and appointment scheduling can be found on the HPPH website.

HPPH says there will be more options for vaccination starting next week, including walk-in clinics, evening hours, pop-up locations, and a drive-through clinic.

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You can find more information about vaccination on the website of the public health department.

Sarnia and Lambton

Lambton Public Health didn’t report any new cases Friday but added a recovery.

The total number of cases is 3,638 with five active cases, 3,565 listed as recovered and 68 deaths.

The most recent fatality was reported on Monday and affected someone in their 70s.

The number of confirmed variants of worrying cases rose by three to 679.

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There are currently no patients with COVID-19 in the hospital, according to Bluewater Health.

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

The region’s test positive rate was 0.36 percent for the week of July 18, down from 0.34 percent for the week of July 11.

As of Friday, 76.0 percent of adults had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 67.9 percent were fully vaccinated.

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LPH urges anyone who has already received a first dose to book their appointment for the second dose as soon as possible as the region prepares to shut down mass immunization clinics next month.

Residents who can get vaccinated on short notice are encouraged to sign up for Lambton Public Health’s daily vaccine standby list.

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.

—With files from Kelly Wang and Ryan Rocca from Global News

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