Middlesex-London sees 17 new COVID-19 instances on Tuesday

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Recent developments:

  • The Middlesex London Health Unit reported 17 new COVID-19 cases and no deaths on Tuesday.
  • 13 new cases have been reported by Southwestern Public Health.
  • The province said it will miss the February 5 deadline to give the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines to all nursing home residents.

What’s the latest in the London area?

The Middlesex-London Health Unit reported 17 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

The latest number comes as the number of cases in the region has been falling. Even so, the region’s health officer warned people on Monday, saying that case numbers could rise rapidly if people stop following public health measures.

Health unit data shows there are currently 1,720 known, active cases in the area.

Tuesday was also the fourth day in a row that there were no new COVID deaths in Middlesex-London. The death toll in the region stands at 175.

What’s going on outside of London?

Southwestern Public Health reports 13 new infections. The public health department that oversees St. Thomas along with Oxford and Elgin counties has 152 active COVID-19 cases.

Huron Perth recorded four new cases on Tuesday bringing the number of active cases to 74.

Meanwhile, Ontario officially reported 745 new infections on Tuesday, but the Department of Health said the number was unreliable due to data problems with the province’s data tracking system.

Due to delays in deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines, the province cannot provide the first dose of vaccine to long-term residents and other high priority groups until February 5. Instead, the province is hoping to hit target five days later and have all long-term care residents vaccinated by February 10th.

During a press conference on Monday, Dr. Chris Mackie, Middlesex-London Health Unit’s health officer, said the regional vaccination campaign was on the right track. On Monday, health officials in the area began administering the second dose of vaccine to long-term care and retirement homes.