The dying toll from COVID-19 within the London space is rising

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Two more COVID-19 deaths were recorded in the London area on Monday.

The Middlesex London Health Unit said two men, one in his 80s and the other in his 70s, had succumbed to the virus since last Thursday. The older of the two men had ties to a nursing home. Her death brings the local death toll to 435.

Another 176 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the health unit since it last updated its COVID-19 dashboard last Thursday. 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 42,473 since the pandemic began.

Resolved cases are up to 41,439 and active cases on the ground down by five to 599 on Monday.

The health unit’s next scheduled COVID-19 update is on Thursday.

The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) said it currently has 41 patients with the virus in its care. That’s down from 12 since last week. Hospital officials said 14 of the current inpatients are being treated for the virus, while the other 27 are being treated for other illnesses but have tested positive for COVID.

The intensive care unit has five or fewer infected patients. There are five or fewer inpatients with the virus at Children’s Hospital, including five or fewer listed in pediatric critical care.

The number of hospital workers who tested positive fell by two on Monday. There are now 103 infected LHSC staff.

The hospital network currently has zero COVID-19 outbreaks.

Two outbreaks at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital have been resolved. The Middlesex Hospital Alliance said the outbreak at inpatient Unit 1 South was deemed over on Thursday, while the outbreak at Unit 2 South was declared over on Monday. With no active breakouts, both units can resume reshoots.

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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