Three extra COVID-19 deaths in London, Middlesex

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The Middlesex London Health Unit has registered three more COVID-19 deaths in the past seven days.

A man in his 90s and two women (one in his 70s, the other in his 90s) have succumbed to the virus since last Tuesday, the health unit said. Only the elderly man was attached to a nursing home. There have been 20 deaths related to COVID-19 so far this month. The latest deaths bring the local death toll to 491.

A further 152 new cases were recorded in the region over the past week. 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 45,975, according to the health unit.

There are currently 294 known active cases in the region, down 19 since last Tuesday.

The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) confirmed it currently has 58 inpatients with COVID-19 in its care, down seven from last week.

Of those currently hospitalized, nine are being treated for COVID-19 and 49 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. The LHSC said it had 28 staff members infected, down by six since last week.

The LHSC currently has two stage two COVID-19 outbreaks. The outbreaks are on the B7 200 PICU Adult Mental Health and B7-100 Mental Health wards at Victoria Hospital.