15 new COVID-19 cases recorded in London region

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The Middlesex London Health Unit is reporting 15 new infections Saturday, up four cases from the previous day.

There has not been a COVID-19 related death in the area since last Sunday. That leaves the death toll unchanged at 243.

The number of active cases in the community, as of Saturday, is 131. The number of resolved cases rose by 15 to 13,907.

The London Health Sciences Centre says it is caring for nine patients with COVID-19. Five or fewer are in intensive care. None of the COVID-19 patients are at Children’s Hospital. The LHSC currently has no hospital staff who have tested positive for the virus.

Schools across the region are dealing with three outbreaks and 32 active cases at 21 facilities. The outbreaks involve Ryerson Public School, London Christian High, and St. Kateri Elementary School. There are currently eight active cases within the Catholic board and 17 active cases in the Thames Valley District school board.

Provincially, there were 486 new cases reported Saturday, along with five more deaths. Of the new infections reported Saturday, the overwhelming majority of new cases involved people who are either unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or their vaccination status is unknown.

There are 242 people in the hospital being treated for COVID. Of those, 164 are in intensive care.

According to the province’s epidemiology report, 16 public health units in Ontario are reporting more than 10 new COVID-19 cases.  Those reporting more than 30 infections include Toronto, Peel Region, Windsor-Essex, and the York Region.