Sep 26, 2022 12:18 p.m
The COVID-19 death toll in London and Middlesex County has increased by two since late last week.
The Middlesex London Health Unit confirmed on Monday that two men in their 90s have succumbed to the virus since last Thursday. Only one of the two was connected to a nursing home. The deaths bring the local death toll to 448. Twenty-two of those deaths occurred this month.
Another 176 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the health unit since it last updated its COVID-19 dashboard last Thursday. But public health officials warn that single-day case numbers underestimate community spread as eligibility changes limit who can get a test. The total number of cases in the region stands at 43,047 since the pandemic began.
Solved cases are up to 42,103. The number of active cases on site rose by 30 to 496 in the past four days.
The health unit’s next scheduled COVID-19 update is on Thursday.
The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) said it currently has 47 patients with the virus in its care. That’s down 18 since late last week. Hospital officials said 21 of the current inpatients are being treated for the virus, while the other 26 are being treated for other illnesses but have tested positive for COVID.
The intensive care unit has seven infected patients, up from eight last Thursday. There are five or fewer patients with the virus at Children’s Hospital, none of whom are listed in pediatric critical care.
The number of hospital workers who tested positive fell by 15 on Tuesday. There are now 77 infected staff at the LHSC.
One of two stage two COVID-19 outbreaks at University Hospital has been resolved. The LHSC declared the outbreak at the stationary U6 CVT unit Monday to be over. A burst stays on the U4 med unit.
Southwestern Public Health, the health unit covering Elgin and Oxford counties, only updates its COVID-19 case dashboard on Wednesdays, while the province releases its weekly updated figures on Thursdays.