The London, Ontario area is about to go orange or yellow on Monday – London

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The Middlesex-London Health Unit’s health officer, Dr. Chris Mackie, anticipates the region will move to lower levels of restrictions next week as part of the provincial COVID-19 response framework.

In a media update on Monday, Mackie said that “whether this is orange or the yellow-level restrictions will be a cabinet decision” but recent data would “likely point us in the yellow direction”.

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“Of course, things can change in the next few days. And we know the worrying variants are on the horizon. You really are the only X-factor right now. However, based on the local data, it is clear that we are at a level of disease that is quite slack compared to what we have had. “

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The daily number of cases has been less than 20 since 31 cases were recorded on February 12. It was also the last day a COVID-19 death was recorded locally. The death was reported the following day.

“So now over a week without deaths, which is also very comforting. Much of that is due to the vaccination campaign, ”says Mackie.

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“We’re on par over the weekend, still getting roughly 1,000 vaccinations a day, and we’re still working on getting access to the provincial reporting system so we can keep track of those numbers a little more closely.”

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Mackie also says the number of vaccines the community is likely to receive “in the near future” is “reassuring.” “Current forecasts point to an increase in vaccine supply in March and a further increase in April.”

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Dr. Adam Dukelow, chief medical officer of the London Health Sciences Center (LHSC), adds that the hospital network has not had any active outbreaks in 17 days.

“We are also seeing a continued decline in inpatients who are COVID-19 positive. Today we care for 13 inpatients with fewer than five in our intensive care units, ”he said on Monday.

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“As current COVID numbers decline, we are carefully monitoring the case numbers of the local regional provinces as well as the variant prevalence of concerns, as Dr. Mackie mentioned to make sure we are ready to respond to a possible surge in cases in the US over the coming weeks and months. “

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According to Mackie, the total number of variant cases confirmed in the region has remained constant at six, with four confirmed as variant B.1.1.7, first discovered in the UK, and two awaiting sequencing.

“All positive results are now being tested across the province to see if there are any worrisome variants. Nothing in the last 100 cases other than the two we mentioned that were related to travel. “

In early February, the Ontario government announced details of its phased reopening plan, which included an “emergency braking mechanism” in response to the discovery of communicable COVID-19 variants.

The emergency brake enables the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams to take immediate action if a health unit detects an increase in transmission and / or their hospitals are overwhelmed and immediately put them back in the gray exclusion zone.


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