Slight lower in COVID-19 circumstances in Middlesex-London

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MIDDLESEX CENTER, ONT. – The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 84 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a slight decrease from the previous day’s total as another lockdown looms.

97 new cases were added on Wednesday, a daily high not seen since mid-January. The highest one-day total for the entire pandemic was 148 cases, which were reported in early January at the height of the second wave.

The London area now has 7,176 cases with 6,424 resolved and 188 deaths (no new ones), leaving 564 active cases. There are eight confirmed variant cases and 206 that screened positive.

Daily case numbers in the region have increased since the weekend when 75 cases were reported on Sunday and the entire province went into lockdown.

Active outbreaks continue to be conducted at three senior facilities and two schools, as well as four Western University dormitories – Elgin Hall, Ontario Hall, Saugeen-Maitland Hall and Medway-Sydenham Hall, where a new outbreak has been reported.

With the province reporting a record number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care, the London Health Sciences Center says it has 10 staff and 21 inpatients who are positive for COVID-19 but five or fewer are in intensive care .

On the positive side, several pharmacies in Middlesex-London and Elgin-Oxford will be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to adults over the age of 55.

Here are the most recent numbers available from other local health authorities, no new deaths have been reported:

  • Elgin-Oxford – eight new, 90 active, 2,835 total, 2,676 resolved, 69 deaths, 75 variants

  • Haldimand-Norfolk – 13 new, 87 active, 1,655 total, 1,524 resolved, 39 deaths

  • Huron-Perth – five new, 15 active, 1,422 total, 1,357 resolved, 50 deaths, 13 variants

  • Gray-Bruce – 12 new, 65 active, 827 total, 758 resolved, four deaths, 46 variants

  • Sarnia-Lambton – nine new, 178 active, 2,859 total, 2,631 resolved, 50 deaths, 133 variants

After the time between vaccine doses has been increased, contact is currently being made with anyone whose second appointment needs to be postponed, according to Lambton Public Health.

Nearly 2,600 new cases were reported across Ontario for the first time in more than two months.