MIDDLESEX CENTER, ONT. – The Middlesex-London Health Unit reports 46 new COVID-19 cases and no deaths. There were no COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the fifth day in a row.
The number on Wednesday is an increase from the 11 cases reported on Tuesday, but still matches the number on the weekend, which averaged just under 50 cases. The last death was reported on Friday.
The region now has a total of 12,076 cases and 217 deaths, with 11,420 cases resolved and 439 remaining active. There are now 2,917 cases with a questionable variant, of which more than 98 percent are variant B.1.1.7 from the UK
The London Health Sciences Center is currently treating 39 inpatients with COVID-19, 15 of whom are in intensive care. Transfers outside the region account for five acute care patients and fewer than five in the intensive care unit.
During a virtual media briefing on Tuesday, Dr. Adam Dukelow from LHSC that the number of COVID-19 positive cases continues to decline, although the number of intensive care carers remains high in the provinces.
He added, “We have begun admitting patients from Manitoba. Currently, that number of patients coming to us from the West remains below five. We expect more transfers in the coming weeks as they are currently at the height of their third wave . “”
Despite these new transfers, Dukelow said, LHSC is slowly increasing surgical activity, but offsetting it against maintaining critical care capacity.
There have been three persistent outbreaks in senior facilities in the London area, one in a school and one in a childcare facility.
A sustained outbreak at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital continues, with 19 cases and three deaths.
Meanwhile, an outbreak in the acute medicine department of Bluewater Health in Sarnia has been declared over, although the hospital continues to care for nine COVID-19 positive patients.
Here are the last available numbers of other local health authorities:
Elgin-Oxford – five new, 81 active, 3,751 total, 3,590 resolved, 80 deaths, 752 variants
Gray-Bruce – no new, 29 active, 1,336 total, 1,300 resolved, seven deaths, 380 variants
Haldimand-Norfolk – one new, 70 active, 2,620 total, 2,499 resolved, 45 deaths
Huron-Perth – two new, 37 active, 1,776 total, 1,682 resolved, 57 deaths, 245 variants
Sarnia-Lambton – two new, 48 active, 3,462 total, 3,354 resolved, 60 deaths, 562 variants
Lambton Public Health is asking full-time and seasonal residents to report whether they received COVID-19 vaccination outside of the province or outside of the country for local records keeping.
The survey information is confidential and is included in the provincial database whenever possible. Anyone who received their first dose elsewhere and needs to book a second dose on site is asked to complete the survey and then contact the vaccine call center at 226-254-8222.
Fewer than 1,100 cases were reported in Ontario for a second straight day, and the positivity rate dropped slightly to 5.3 percent.