Middlesex Center, Ontario. –
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 13 new COVID-19 cases and one new death on Wednesday as the first school closure took effect due to an outbreak.
The region now has a total of 13,977 cases and 239 deaths, with 13,586 cases resolved and 153 remaining active. There are 4,250 cases with a worrying variant.
A man’s death in the 70s is not associated with a nursing or retirement home.
Wednesday’s count brings the 7-day moving average down to 16.1 daily cases. The last time the average was this low in mid-August.
During a virtual briefing on Wednesday, the MLHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Chris Mackie that the region has seen largely flat COVID-19 rates and even a slight decline over the past five to six weeks.
“This is really a tremendous achievement on behalf of the entire community. It means the vaccinations are working, it means our masking guidelines are working, it means people are doing many things to protect themselves, their families and the community.” , and that is exactly what we need to keep this fourth wave in check. “
Of the cases with an episode date in the last six weeks, 82.3 percent of the cases were unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or not yet vaccinated. The same group accounts for 86.1 percent of hospital admissions and 83.3 percent of deaths.
The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) reports that there are 15 inpatients with COVID-19 – one more than Tuesday – with seven in the adult intensive care unit.
There are ongoing outbreaks at five schools or daycare centers in the area, including; Lord Elgin Public School, École élémentaire La Pommeraie, Ekcoe Central School, Wilfrid Jury Public School and Kidlogic London. An outbreak at Angels Daycares Arva has been declared over.
Lord Elgin has been closed for climbing falls, students are learning virtually until the school reopens on October 5th. It’s the first outbreak-related closure this school year.
REGIONAL COVID-19 COUNTS
Here are the last available numbers of other local health authorities:
Elgin-Oxford – nine new, 32 active, 4,274 total, 4,156 resolved, 86 deaths
Gray Bruce – no new ones, 11 active, 2,313 total, 2,276 resolved, 22 deaths
Haldimand-Norfolk – eight new, 24 active, 2,922 total, 2,843 resolved, 48 deaths
Huron-Perth – three new, 35 active, 2,162 total, 2,062 fixed, 65 deaths
Sarnia-Lambton – 22 new, 79 active, 3,861 total, 3,712 resolved, 70 deaths
Ontario health officials reported 495 new COVID-19 infections and eight new deaths on Wednesday.