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The London area records five more COVID-19 deaths

The Middlesex London Health Unit has registered five more COVID-19 deaths since Tuesday.

One man in his 80s and four women, three in their 90s and one in their 100s, have succumbed to the virus, the health unit said Thursday. Two of the women in their 90s were linked to a nursing home, while the other three were linked to a retirement home. Her death brings the local death toll to 446.

The health unit also recorded 100 new cases in the region since Tuesday. The health entity now only updates its COVID-19 dashboard twice a week, and daily case counts are believed to underestimate community spread since the provincial government restricted eligibility for PCR testing in late December. The total number of confirmed cases on the ground since March 2020 is now 42,871, according to the health unit.

The number of closed cases is up to 41,959. There are currently 466 known active cases in the region, up from 535 a week ago.

The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) confirmed it currently has 65 inpatients with COVID-19 in its care, seven more than on Tuesday. At this time last week, 53 people with COVID were admitted to the LHSC. Of those currently hospitalized, 22 are being treated for COVID-19 and 43 for other diseases, but have also tested positive.

Eight COVID-infected patients are currently listed in intensive care, up from six on Tuesday. 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 rose on Thursday. The LHSC said it had 92 infected staff, up from 16 since Tuesday.

There are currently two stage two COVID-19 outbreaks at the University Hospital – the U4 Medical Unit and the U6 CVT Unit.

Southwestern Public Health, the health unit for Elgin and Oxford counties, reported 216 more COVID-19 cases this week, raising the local case count to 15,800 since the pandemic began. Two more COVID-19 deaths were recorded in the region, bringing the local death toll to 183. The number of resolved cases rose to 15,332, and there are now 285 known active cases in the two counties.