The Middlesex London Health Unit has urged young adults to “do their part” to stay home and get tested for symptoms of COVID-19.
The warning comes after more than 50 percent of new infections in the past 48 hours have affected adolescents between the ages of 18 and 22.
The data collected by the health unit show that the majority of the variant cases examined in the region also affect this age group and those under 19 years of age.
According to MLHU, 244 new infections were registered on Friday and Saturday, with 132 cases affecting adolescents.
⚠️ URGENT ADVICE TO YOUNG ADULTS:
In the last 48 hours #LdnOnt and #Middlesex County has reported 244 cases of COVID-19. 132 are in young adults between 18 and 22 years of age. You read that right. Over 50% of all new COVID-19 cases in the past two days are young adults. / 1 pic.twitter.com/PinwbN5skJ
– @ MLHealthUnit
The university is dealing with several breakouts in residential buildings and has advised students to move out if they are able.
The last outbreak was proclaimed at Delaware Hall on Friday. The day before, the Medway-Sydenham Hall Residence was closed with at least 8 infected students. Breakouts at Ontario Hall, Saugeen-Maitland Hall, and Elgin Hall are also active.
A little over two weeks ago, St. Patrick’s Day parties were held, with many young people celebrating. All bars and restaurants in town were compliant with provincial pandemic rules, but two western students were fined for hosting a party.
The MLHU reached out to social media on Saturday to ask students to adhere to the distancing rules and outlined in a step-by-step series of posts what to do if they show symptoms.
2⃣ Make a note of the following so that public health staff can identify your close contacts:
▪️ All the places you have been in the last 14 days
▪️ The names of everyone with whom you were in close contact for the 48 hours before your symptoms started
– @ MLHealthUnit
“If you are between 18 and 22 years old, it is important that you cancel all parties, social gatherings and meeting places. Stay home. Thank you for your contribution,” said a tweet.
The MLHU announced that it will not provide an update on the number of cases in the region until Tuesday. There were 732 active cases as of Saturday.
Data provided by Middlesex London Health Unit outlining variant cases. There were 280 variant infections on Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Middlesex London Health Unit)