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For the eighth day in a row, the London and Middlesex region saw no new deaths related to the coronavirus along with a daily case increase that’s below 20.
On Sunday, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 10 new COVID-19 cases along with 18 recoveries.
The region’s pandemic case tally stands at 6,093, of which 5,804 have resolved and 181 people have died. The most recent death was reported on Feb. 13. At least 108 cases are considered active by the health unit. A total of 386 cases have been reported since Feb. 1 along with six deaths.
The region is currently in the red-control tier of the province’s colour-coded framework. Full details can be found on the province’s website or by viewing the full regulation itself.
It’s expected the region will remain in red for at least another week before any potential change is made.
At least six variant cases have been confirmed in London, with four involving the B.1.1.7 variant, first detected in the U.K. Genome sequencing is underway on the remaining two cases to determine which variant they involve.
At least 5,302 cases have been confirmed in the city of London since the pandemic began, while 246 have been in Middlesex Centre.
Elsewhere, 201 have been in Strathroy-Caradoc, 96 in Thames Centre, 54 in Lucan Biddulph, 37 in Southwest Middlesex, 32 in North Middlesex, 14 in Adelaide Metcalfe and two in Newbury.
At least 109 cases have pending location information.
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The number of COVID-19 patients in the care of London Health Sciences Centre stood at 15 as of Friday. Seven patients were in critical or intensive care. Active LHSC staff cases remained unchanged with fewer than five reported.
No COVID-19 patients were reported to be in the care of St. Joseph’s Hospital as of Friday, the most recent update from St. Joseph’s Health Care London (SJHCL). The organization said it would issue an update if and when those numbers changed.
One active case within SJHCL involves a staff member and four staff members are linked to the outbreaks at Mount Hope and at Parkwood’s mental health care building. One patient case is linked to Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care.
The health unit says at least 355 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 during the pandemic, with 66 needing intensive care.
Six outbreaks remain active, with five at seniors’ facilities and one at Parkwood Institute’s Mental Health Care Building.
Active outbreaks (as of Feb. 18) at seniors’ facilities, as declared on:
- Feb. 13 at Dearness Home (3 East)
- Feb. 12 at Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building (G4)
- Feb. 11 at Mount Hope Centre for Long-Term Care (MV2)
- Feb. 3 at Westmount Gardens (Lily, Daisy, Yellow Rose units)
- Jan. 2 at Chelsey Park (long-term care – facility-wide)
- Dec. 23 at Middlesex Terrace (facility-wide)
There have been at least 101 institutional outbreaks since the pandemic began, with at least 74 at local seniors’ facilities.
Elsewhere, an outbreak has been declared at St Anne’s Catholic School. Outbreaks also remain active at Caradoc North Public School and Clara Brenton Public School.
At Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre, meantime, an outbreak declared a month ago remains relatively steady, with only one active inmate case, down from a peak of 19 three weeks ago. In total, 24 inmate cases have been reported at the jail along with 21 staff cases. It’s unclear how many staff cases remain active.
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At least four school outbreaks remain active in London and Middlesex. A full list can be found on the health unit’s website.
The health unit says at least 206 cases at schools and child-care centres have been reported during the pandemic.
In child-care centres, one outbreak has been declared at Pinetree Montessori school, where two cases are active. The outbreak was declared Feb. 16.
Vaccinations and testing
The region’s second vaccination clinic opened its doors Thursday at the Caradoc Community Centre in Mount Brydges.
A day earlier, health officials announced that the region’s third and fourth vaccination clinics will be located at North London Optimist Community Centre at 1345 Cheapside St., and at ice pad A of the Earl Nichols Recreation Centre at 799 Homeview Rd.
Work is underway to convert the two facilities into vaccination clinics. The two clinics aren’t expected to officially open to the public for several weeks.
So far, more than 29,000 doses have been administered in London and Middlesex since vaccinations began in late December.
Earlier this week, the health unit announced that the local vaccination campaign was being expanded to include more Phase 1 priority groups.
As a result of more shipments of vaccine and revised provincial guidelines, those eligible now include some 15,000 local “highest priority” and “very high priority” health-care workers as defined in the province’s vaccine prioritization guidelines.
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Second doses for long-term care and high-risk retirement home residents were slated to wrap up this week. Initial doses at low-risk retirement homes are expected next week.
Health officials on Tuesday said they would be working with seniors’ facilities to schedule vaccination appointments for staff and essential caregivers who haven’t gotten the first dose of the vaccine.
Further details are also expected about when vaccinations may be opened up to members of the general public over the age of 80 after the province moved the group from Phase 2 to Phase 1.
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The city’s two main COVID-19 assessment centres remain open and operating by appointment.
The region’s test positivity rate stood at 1.2 per cent as of the week of Feb. 7, down from 1.7 the week before, figures released Thursday show.
At least 10,191 people were tested during the week of Feb. 7, nearly unchanged from a week earlier.
Ontario reported 1,087 new cases Sunday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the province to 293,086.
Thirteen deaths were also reported, bringing the provincial death toll to 6,861.
A total of 275,854 COVID-19 cases are considered resolved, which is up by 1,140.
Nearly 48,200 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 10,694,158 tests and 17,307 remain under investigation.
Elgin and Oxford
Southwestern Public Health reported two new COVID-19 cases, along with one recovery on Sunday.
The region’s pandemic case tally stands at 2,457, of which 2,347 have resolved.
At least 67 people have died during the pandemic. According to SWPH data, one death is related to the Aylmer Retirement Residence and the second was at Caressant Care Retirement Home in Woodstock. Both deaths were reported Saturday.
The health unit says 43 cases remain active in the region. At least 18 cases are active in Woodstock, while nine are active in St. Thomas. Nine other municipalities have four or fewer active cases.
Three outbreaks are active at local long-term care and retirement homes, declared on:
- Feb. 17 at Aylmer Retirement Residence (one resident case, 1 death)
- Feb. 11 at Valleyview Nursing Home in St. Thomas (one staff case)
- Jan. 21 at Caressant Care Retirement Home in Woodstock (54 resident, 23 staff cases, three deaths)
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As of Thursday, at least four cases remain active at Annandale Public School, while one case each is active at Elgin Court Public School in St. Thomas and Royal Roads Public School in Ingersoll.
The health unit says a total of 483 cases have been reported in Woodstock during the pandemic, while 425 have been in St. Thomas, 361 in Aylmer and 335 in Tillsonburg.
Elsewhere, 201 cases have been in Norwich, 161 in Bayham, 115 in Ingersoll, 104 in East Zorra-Tavistock, 54 in Zorra, 50 in Blandford-Blenheim, 46 in South-West Oxford, 44 in Central Elgin, 25 in Southwold, 23 in Dutton/Dunwich, 21 in West Elgin and eight in Malahide.
The region’s test positivity rate stood at 0.8 per cent the week of Feb. 7, down from 1.6 the week before, figures released Thursday show.
At least 4,513 people were tested the week of Feb. 7, down slightly from 4,857 a week earlier.
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Huron and Perth
Huron Perth Public Health does not provide COVID-19 updates on Sundays.
As of Saturday, the region’s pandemic case tally stood at 1,306, of which 1,236 people have recovered, and 49 have died.
At least 21 cases were listed as active in the region, with nine in Stratford. Six municipalities have between one and four active cases.
Two people were listed as being in hospital Saturday.
Four outbreaks remain active at local seniors’ facilities, while one outbreak remains active at St. Marys Hospital and one at a child-care centre in South Huron.
The region’s active seniors’ facility outbreaks were declared on:
- Feb. 3 at Hillside Manor in Perth East (one resident, one staff case)
- Jan. 31 at Seaforth Manor Retirement Home in Huron East (12 resident cases)
- Jan. 17 at Seaforth Manor Nursing Home in Huron East (44 resident, 25 staff cases, five deaths)
- Jan. 7 at Caressant Care Retirement Home in North Perth (30 resident, 12 staff cases, at least one death)
The outbreak at St. Marys Memorial Hospital is tied to three patient and five staff cases.
The child-care centre outbreak at Relouw Early Childhood Learning Centre in South Huron involves one student case has now been resolved.
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One school case remains active in Huron-Perth, located at Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School in Wingham, according to the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board.
A previous active case at Listowel District Secondary School has resolved, the Avon-Maitland District School Board said.
According to the health unit, at least 535 cases have been reported in Perth County during the pandemic, including 342 in North Perth 134 in Perth East, 31 in Perth South and 28 in West Perth.
Elsewhere, 434 cases have been reported in Huron County, including 97 in Huron East and South Huron, 50 in Central Huron, 45 in Morris Turnberry, 39 in North Huron, 34 in Howick, 33 in Bluewater, 21 in ACW and 18 in Goderich.
At least 306 cases have been reported in Stratford and 31 in St. Marys.
Officials reported Thursday that the local test positivity rate stood at 0.9 per cent as of the week of Feb. 7, down from 1.6 the week before.
Sarnia and Lambton
Lambton Public Health reported 17 new COVID-19 cases along with six recoveries on Sunday.
The county’s pandemic case total stands at 2,018, of which 1,874 people have recovered and 46 have died. The most recent death was reported Wednesday.
At least 98 cases remain active. At least three people are in hospital at Bluewater Health, the organization reported.
Lambton Public Health (LPH) is investigating an outbreak at Twin Lakes Village Retirement Home in Sarnia, declared on Feb. 19.
“The individual who tested positive has been notified of their result,” states Jennifer Beaubien, family health supervisor for Lambton Public Health. “LPH is continuing to conduct case and contact management as part of the investigation.”
Testing of all residents is underway and staff testing is ongoing. The health unit said no additional details will be provided at this time based on the current needs of the investigation.
Health officials reported Thursday that the region’s test positivity rate rose to 2.3 per cent as of the week of Feb. 7, up from 1.0 per cent the week before.
The increase came as testing rates fell in the county. At least 3,464 tests were recorded the week of Feb. 7 compared to 3,662 the week before.
Lambton Public Health does not provide detailed COVID-19 updates on the weekends.
As of Friday, six outbreaks remained active, including four at seniors’ facilities, one at Sarnia’s jail, and one at an unnamed workplace.
The seniors’ facility outbreaks that remain active were declared on:
- Feb. 12 at Landmark Village in Sarnia (one staff case)
- Feb. 12 at Trillium Villa in Sarnia (one staff case)
- Feb. 10 at Country Manor Estates in Lambton Shores (one resident, one staff case)
- Jan. 8 at Twin Lakes Terrace (LTC) in Sarnia (18 resident, six staff cases, one death)
At Sarnia’s jail, at least 41 cases involving inmates and four involving staff have been reported since Feb. 7.
The unnamed workplace outbreak, also declared Feb. 7, has been linked to four cases.
One new school case has been reported in the region. The case is located at Great Lakes Secondary School in Sarnia, which had already seen one active case. Both cases involve students.
Elsewhere, four cases remain active at North Lambton Secondary School in Forest.
— With files from 980 CFPL’s Matthew Trevithick and Sawyer Bogdan, and The Canadian Press
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