Six extra COVID-19 deaths in Higher London

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There have been a half-dozen a further six COVID-19 deaths in the London area in the past week, according to the Middlesex London Health Unit.

Three men and three women in their 70s, 80s and 90s are the latest people in the city and county to succumb to the virus, the health unit said Tuesday. There have now been 17 COVID-19 deaths reported in the region this month, including a man in his 30s. The six most recent fatalities bring the local death toll to 488.

Since the COVID-19 dashboard was last updated last Tuesday, 180 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the health unit. But public health officials warn that single-day case numbers underestimate community spread as eligibility changes limit who can get a test. The total number of cases in the region stands at 45,823 since the pandemic began.

The number of active cases on the ground fell to 313 in the last week.

The health unit’s next scheduled COVID-19 update will be next Tuesday.

The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) reported it has 65 patients with the virus in its care. That’s an increase of one since last week. Hospital officials said 20 of the current inpatients are being treated for the virus, while the remaining 45 are being treated for other illnesses but have tested positive for COVID.

There are six infected patients in the intensive care unit. There are also five or fewer patients with COVID-19 at Children’s Hospital, but none are listed in pediatric critical care.

The number of hospital workers who tested positive is currently 75.

There are four stage two COVID-19 outbreaks in the two hospitals at the LHSC. One is based at University Hospital in the U4 Medical Unit, while the other three are based in Victoria Hospital’s B7 200 PICU Adult Mental Health, D6-200 Nephrology and B7-100 Mental Health Units.

Southwestern Public Health, the health unit covering Elgin and Oxford counties, only updates its COVID-19 case dashboard on Wednesdays, while the province releases its weekly updated figures on Thursdays.

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