Slight enhance in COVID-19 hospitalizations in London

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After two straight days of declines, Greater London COVID-19 hospitalizations rose slightly on Friday.

The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) confirmed 42 inpatients with the virus remain in its care, an increase of three since Thursday. The hospital network found that 24 of the 42 infected patients were hospitalized for treatment for the virus. The 18 others were hospitalized for other reasons and tested positive for the virus.

The LHSC has five or fewer patients in the ICU with COVID, unchanged in the past 24 hours. Children’s Hospital has five or fewer inpatients with the virus, with five or fewer of those inpatients listed in pediatric critical care.

The number of infected hospital workers has increased by one since Thursday. According to the LHSC, there are currently 170 employees who have tested positive. At this time last week there were 215 infected workers.

A further 71 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed by the Middlesex London Health Unit on Friday, up from 67 the previous day. The health unit also notes that the number of cases in a day is likely an underestimate of the true number of people with the virus in the area due to limited eligibility for testing.

The total number of confirmed infections in the region since the pandemic began is now 37,265.

The health unit said there were no other deaths related to the virus as of Friday. So far this month there have been two virus-related deaths in the city and county – a man in his 90s on Tuesday and a woman in his 70s on Thursday. A previously occurring death was added to the official count as part of a data cleanup on Friday. This increases the local death toll to 378.

The number of closed cases rose to 36,186. There are 705 known active cases in the region, down 10 in the past 24 hours.

62 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Elgin and Oxford counties on Friday. Southwestern Public Health, the area’s health unit, said the local total for cases rises to 13,521, with 13,002 resolved. The local COVID-19 death toll rose by two to 164. There are currently 355 known active cases in the two counties.

The number of COVID-19 positive Ontarians admitted to the ICU rose again on Friday.

There are currently 1,662 COVID-19 positive people in Ontario hospitals, down 14 as of Thursday. At this point last week, 1,679 hospitalizations were reported across the province.

Of the 1,662 people hospitalized Friday, around 43 percent were admitted for the virus, while 57 percent were admitted for other reasons and tested positive for the virus.

There are 210 patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units, five more than on Thursday.

Ontario reported 2,418 new cases of COVID-19 as of Friday. Public health officials have warned that the daily counts underestimate the spread of the virus in the province due to limited suitability for PCR testing.

Ontario’s total number of cases since the pandemic began now stands at 1,270,808.

Public health officials confirmed 17 more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 12,938. The province said all 17 deaths occurred within the last month.

The number of closed cases increased by 3,086 to 1,232,482.

17,744 COVID-19 tests have been processed in the last 24 hours. Ontario’s positivity rate is now 13.8 percent, up from 13.2 percent a week ago.

To date, the province has administered 32,894,669 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 91.2 percent of those aged 12 and older having received two shots. More than 7.3 million Ontarians have received a booster shot.