London-area records 20 new COVID-19 cases

A healthcare worker performs coronavirus swab on a patient. File photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo /Noiel

There was another double-digit increase in COVID-19 cases in the London region on Thursday.

The Middlesex London Health Unit logged 20 new infections over the past 24 hours, up from 18 the previous day. Daily case counts have remained above ten each day for the past ten days.

The total number of cases locally since the pandemic began is now 14,799, according to the health unit.

No additional COVID-19 deaths have been reported in London or Middlesex County since Monday, leaving the death toll unchanged at 252.

The number of resolved cases is up by 24 to 14,414. Currently, there are 133 active cases in the region, up five from the previous day.

The London Health Sciences Centre has 24 patients in its care with COVID-19, up two from Wednesday. Ten of those patients are listed in intensive care and five or fewer are admitted to Children’s Hospital. There are five or fewer hospital staffers who have tested positive for the virus.

There are currently no active outbreaks at area schools, daycares, or seniors facilities.

Of the 487 new COVID-19 cases to be reported in the region over the past six weeks, 54.9 per cent were among people who were not yet fully vaccinated against the virus or were not two weeks removed from their second dose. Of those hospitalized with the virus, 64.2 per cent were unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated and 35.7 per cent had received both shots.

Thirty-four new COVID-19 cases were logged Thursday in Elgin and Oxford counties, up from 22 new infections recorded on Wednesday. Southwestern Public Health’s total caseload has now increased to 5,251. The death toll remained at 97, with no additional COVID-19 deaths reported. The total number of resolved cases stands at 4,976 and there are 178 known active cases locally. Outbreaks continue at Aylmer Retirement Residence, Port Burwell Public, St. Michael’s Catholic in Woodstock, and Glendale High in Tillsonburg.

Provincially, the daily number of COVID-19 cases shot back above 700.

Public health officials said there were 748 new cases on Thursday. That is up from 591 infections logged on Wednesday, 613 new cases recorded on Tuesday, and 627 new cases confirmed on Monday. The rolling seven-day average daily case count is now 692, up from 625 a week ago.

Of the 748 new cases identified on Thursday, 356 were among unvaccinated individuals, 19 were people who were partially vaccinated, 329 were fully vaccinated individuals, and 44 had an unknown vaccination status.

The province’s total case count since the start of the pandemic now sits at 614,270.

Four additional deaths related to the virus were reported on Thursday. The province’s death toll is currently 9,985.

At hospitals in Ontario, there are 259 people with COVID-19 on general wards, down 38 from the previous day. The number of people in the intensive care unit was unchanged at 137 and there are 117 people on ventilators – a decrease of one since Wednesday.

Of those on general hospital wards with COVID-19, 103 are not fully vaccinated and 45 have received both doses.

The number of resolved cases rose by 599 to 598,733. There are currently 5,552 known active cases of the virus in Ontario.

In the last 24 hour period, more than 33,900 COVID-19 tests were processed. Ontario’s positivity rate is now around 2.6 per cent.

The province has administered 22,845,723 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, as of Wednesday night. There are more than 11.2 million people in Ontario who have now received the second dose of the vaccine to be considered fully inoculated.