August 5, 2021 12:50 p.m.
The Middlesex London Health Unit reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.
The new cases bring the total since the pandemic started to 12,821. The number of active cases dropped from 58 on Wednesday to 52.
No deaths were reported on Thursday either. The last COVID-19 deaths reported in London and Middlesex Counties were on Friday when the health unit reported the deaths of a man in his 50s and a man in his 60s. The health department says neither received a vaccine dose.
The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) cares for seven inpatients for COVID-19. Less than five of them are in the intensive care unit. Currently, fewer than five hospital employees have tested positive for the virus. An outbreak persists in the inpatient mental health department at Victoria Hospital, but no new cases have been linked.
The number of cases of worrying variants identified in the area is 3,636. There were 3,381 confirmed cases with variant B.1.1.7 (alpha) from Great Britain, 129 cases of the delta variant first found in India, 120 cases of variant P.1 (gamma) from Brazil, and two cases of variant B. .1.351 (Beta) from South Africa.
Three new COVID-19 cases were reported in Elgin and Oxford counties on Thursday. Southwestern Public Health, the region’s health unit, said it brings the total local number of cases to 3,975, with 3,855 resolved. The death toll remained unchanged at 84. There are currently 36 active cases in the two counties.
An additional 213 cases were reported across Ontario on Wednesday.
113 people are being treated for COVID-19 in Ontario hospitals.
To date, the province has given 19,710,224 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 8,711,421 people receiving both vaccinations that need to be fully vaccinated.