MIDDLESEX CENTER, ONT. – The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reports 65 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths on Friday as previous second-dose bookings are open to high-risk healthcare workers.
The region now has a total of 11,492 cases and 212 deaths, with 10,489 cases resolved and 791 remaining active. There are 2,415 cases with a questionable variant – almost all B.1.1.7 variants.
The two new deaths were a woman in their eighties and a man in their fifties who were not associated with long-term care or an old people’s home.
Starting Friday, high-risk health care workers can call 226-289-3560 to rebook their second dose of vaccine for four months ahead of schedule. A list of those entitled can be found here.
While those now booking appointments at the area’s mass vaccination clinics can choose the Earl Nichols Recreation Center, slated to open May 25, health officials are planning to open a fifth location, although details are not yet available.
During a virtual media briefing on Thursday, Dr. Chris Mackie, MLHU medical health officer, added that there will be other ways to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Pop-up clinics, more mobile team provisioning, more targeted focus on specific parts of the city. We are also planning a stronger introduction of vaccines in primary care, in medical practices and of course in pharmacies.” “”
The health unit will also work with local school authorities if teens 12-17 years old are eligible for the vaccination, which is expected by the end of May.
There are 58 inpatients with COVID-19 at the London Health Sciences Center, 28 of them in intensive care. Cases outside the region account for eight acute care patients and 22 in intensive care units.
There are four active outbreaks in senior facilities in the London area and one in a day care center.
Southwestern Public Health is addressing outbreaks at a senior citizen facility and the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital.
Here are the last available numbers of other local health authorities:
Elgin-Oxford – 24 new, 138 active, 3,632 total, 3,416 resolved, 78 deaths, 640 variants
Gray-Bruce – four new, 44 active, 1,271 total, 1,221 resolved, six deaths, 325 variants
Haldimand-Norfolk – four new, 219 active, 2,520 total, 2,255 resolved, 41 deaths
Huron-Perth – six new, 83 active, 1,697 total, 1,559 resolved, 55 deaths, 168 variants
Sarnia-Lambton – five new, 89 active, 3,377 total, 3,232 resolved, 56 deaths, 492 variants
Across Ontario, 2,362 new infections and 26 deaths were reported on Friday, while the positivity rate rose slightly in a downward trend.