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Four more people have died from COVID-19 in the London area since Monday.

The Middlesex London Health Unit confirmed on Thursday that three men in their 80s and a woman in their 90s are the latest people to succumb to the virus in the area. One of the men was linked to a retirement home, the health department said. These latest deaths bring the local COVID-19 death toll to 419. Seven of those deaths have occurred since the beginning of the month.

The health unit also reported that 176 new cases have been confirmed in the region since Monday. The health entity now only updates its COVID-19 dashboard twice a week, and daily case counts are believed to be an underestimate of community spread since the provincial government restricted eligibility for PCR testing in late December. The total number of on-site cases since March 2020 is now 40,700, according to the health unit.

The number of closed cases is up to 39,700. There are currently 581 known active cases in the region, up from 517 a week ago.

The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) confirmed it currently has 38 inpatients with COVID-19 in its care, three more than on Monday. This time last week, 46 people with COVID were admitted to the LHSC. Of those currently hospitalized, 14 are being treated for COVID-19 and 24 for other illnesses, but have also tested positive.

Currently, unchanged from Monday, five or fewer COVID-infected patients are listed in the ICU. Children’s Hospital also has five or fewer inpatients with the virus, but none are listed in pediatric critical care.

The number of hospital workers who have contracted COVID-19 also skyrocketed on Thursday. The LHSC said it had 130 infected staff, up from 28 since Monday.

Southwestern Public Health, the health unit for Elgin and Oxford counties, reported 145 more COVID-19 cases this week, raising the local case count to 14,747 since the pandemic began. The death toll at the scene has not increased for three weeks as 173 COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed since March 2020. The number of resolved cases rose to 14,401, and the two counties now have 173 known active cases.