Two extra COVID-19 deaths reported in London space

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The Middlesex London Health Unit has registered two more COVID-19-related deaths in the area.

A man and woman, both in their 80s, are the latest to succumb to the virus, the health unit said Monday. Neither was connected to a nursing or retirement home. Their deaths are the 12th and 13th so far this month, bringing the local death toll to 404.

The health unit reported 107 new cases since its COVID-19 dashboard was last updated 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 38,699 since the pandemic began.

Solved cases are up to 38,074. The number of active cases on site rose by 62 since last Thursday to 221 on Monday.

The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) confirmed on Monday that the number of inpatients infected with COVID-19 has increased since Friday. There are now 26 COVID-positive patients admitted, an increase of three. At this time last week, the LHSC had only 12 inpatients with COVID-19. Hospital officials said 14 of the current inpatients are being treated for the virus, while the remaining 12 are being treated for other illnesses but have tested positive for COVID.

The intensive care unit and children’s hospital have zero infected inpatients.

The number of hospital workers who tested positive for the virus was unchanged on Monday. There are 77 infected staff at the LHSC. At this point in the past week, 52 hospital workers had contracted the virus.

There are currently four stage two COVID-19 outbreaks in London hospitals – three at University Hospital and one at Victoria Hospital. The latest outbreak was reported Saturday at the university hospital’s U4 Medicine High 200s and 300s unit.

While the LHSC continues to update its COVID data five days a week, the health unit only releases updated figures on Mondays and Thursdays. This marks a switch from Monday to Friday dashboard updates that have been in place since the pandemic began.

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.