The London space information 5 extra COVID-19 deaths

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Five more COVID-19 deaths were reported in London and Middlesex County in the past week.

The Middlesex London Health Unit confirmed on Tuesday that one man in his 80s and four women (two in their 80s and two in their 90s) have succumbed to the virus since this time last week. Only the two women in their 90s were attached to a nursing home. So far this month there have been 11 deaths related to COVID-19. The latest deaths bring the local death toll to 482.

A further 203 new cases have been recorded in the region over the past seven days. The health entity only updates its COVID-19 dashboard once a week, and daily case counts are believed to be an underestimate of community spread since the provincial government restricted eligibility for PCR testing late last December. The total number of confirmed cases on the ground since March 2020 is now 45,643, according to the health unit.

There are currently 421 known active cases in the region, down 151 since last Tuesday.

The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) confirmed it currently has 64 inpatients in its care with COVID-19, unchanged from last week.

Of those currently hospitalized, 13 are being treated for COVID-19 and 51 for other diseases, but have also tested positive.

There are currently five or fewer COVID-infected patients listed in the ICU. Children’s Hospital 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 has decreased significantly. The LHSC said it had 35 infected staff, down from 40 since last week.

There are two stage two COVID-19 outbreaks in the two hospitals of the LHSC. One is based at University Hospital in the U9 Department of Orthopaedics, the other in the B7-100 Mental Health Department of Victoria Hospital.

As COVID-19 continues to circulate at an increased rate in addition to other respiratory diseases such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Health, on Monday, he “strongly” recommends people return to masking in all indoor public spaces. Moore stayed close to issuing a mask mandate.