Middlesex-London on the “backend” of the sixth wave of COVID-19: MLHU – London


Things are looking up for London, Ontario and Middlesex County, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) as the region is seeing a sustained decline in COVID-19 case numbers comparable to what’s happening in the rest of the province . .

The health officer Dr. Alex Summers shared the prospects during a media briefing hosted by MLHU on Monday.

Also on Monday, MLHU reported 26 new cases of the virus and no other deaths, while it reported 82 cases and no other deaths over the weekend.

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“We are clearly at the end of the sixth wave with ongoing improvement in COVID-19 transmission in our community,” Summers said.

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“However, COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community and my advice and recommendations still apply: wear that mask, get vaccinated and spend as much time outdoors as possible.”

A similar perspective was also shared by the London Health Sciences Center during Monday’s media briefing.

As of Monday morning, the hospital network is caring for 35 inpatients with COVID-19, 16 of whom are being treated for the virus while 19 are being treated for the virus.

Of these inpatients, five or fewer are in critical care, five or fewer are in pediatric care, and five or fewer are in pediatric critical care.

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dr LHSC chief medical officer Adam Dukelow says while hospital admissions have peaked, the hospital network still has 138 staff members who have tested positive for the virus as of Monday morning. An outbreak also remains active in the U4 Medicine 100 and Low 200 wing at University Hospital.

“This still places a significant strain on our hospital resources in terms of caring for patients with COVID, but fortunately I believe we have passed the peak of the sixth wave from a hospitalization perspective,” added Dukelow.

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According to Summers, the ongoing decline in COVID-19 is the result of “temporary community immunity” that the region has achieved through “good immunization coverage and previous infections.”

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“The Omicron wave has had a major impact on our population…there’s honestly just fewer people left who can get COVID-19,” Summers said, adding that the decline will likely continue through May and June.

While he’s optimistic London and Middlesex County won’t see another wave powered by Omicron, Summers says new variants have the potential to change things quickly.

“This threat is always around the corner. The high vaccination coverage that we have right now will be critical in responding to any potential variant,” Summers said.

“Even when a vaccine is not as effective against a new variant, it has consistently provided some protection, particularly from serious consequences and death.”

Meanwhile, Summers says, other respiratory illnesses are circulating in the region.

He says this is due to the easing of public health restrictions linked to the COVID-19 response.

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Looking ahead to summer as COVID cases ease

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