MIDDLESEX CENTER, ONT. – The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reports 68 new cases of COVID-19 and four new deaths on Tuesday.
The new cases and deaths bring the region’s total to 5,149 cases, 3,529 resolved, and 156 deaths, leaving 1,464 active cases.
Three of the deaths, a man and a woman in their sixties and a woman in their twenties, were related to a nursing home. The fourth was a man in his 70s.
Tuesday’s deaths bring the total to 17 as of Saturday, of which 13 are associated with nursing homes.
There are ongoing outbreaks in 14 senior citizen facilities in the region. To date, 81 deaths – more than half of all deaths – have been linked to long-term care and retirement homes.
At Chelsey Park long-term care home, one of the larger outbreaks, the situation appears to be improving. As of Tuesday, only 17 residents and 11 employees tested positive. That’s less than 67 cases on Friday. There were also six deaths.
The facility will also undergo an additional thorough cleaning and disinfection of the entire building while adding more staff to keep resources stable.
Outbreaks are also active at the University Hospital and Victoria Hospital of the London Health Sciences Center (LHSC), as well as the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital.
There are currently 25 inpatients, including nine in intensive care and 26 employees, who rate COVID-19 as positive, according to the LHSC.
Southwestern Public Health reports new cases of residents and employees at the Maple Manor Nursing Home in Tillsonburg, where 83 residents and 52 employees are now infected. There were 17 deaths at the facility.
And at PeopleCare Tavistock, there are now 40 cases of residents and 37 employees, and seven deaths.
Here are the cases in the region based on the latest publicly available data:
Elgin-Oxford – 31 new, 346 active, 2,099 total, 1,706 resolved, 47 deaths (two new deaths)
Haldimand-Norfolk – 12 new, 172 active, 1,237 total, 1,022 resolved, 38 deaths
Gray-Bruce – five new, 41 active, 653 total, 612 resolved, no deaths
Sarnia-Lambton – one new, 223 active, 1,675 total, 1,418 resolved, 33 deaths
Huron-Perth – 36 new, 152 active, 1,068 total, 889 resolved, 27 deaths (one new death)
Huron Perth Public Health is investigating outbreaks in 10 senior citizen facilities and in a department at Stratford General Hospital.
Most seriously, the Caressant Care nursing home in North Perth, where 40 residents and 16 employees tested positive, and the Exeter mansion in South Huron, where 36 residents and 11 employees are affected.
An eruption in the Goderich salt mine has also grown to two more cases, bringing the total to five. Compass Minerals officials say several employees are also isolated due to possible exposure.
Fewer than 2,000 new cases were reported across the province on Tuesday, but the decline is likely due to a technical problem with Toronto Public Health, according to official figures.