Three more COVID cases in Middlesex, five in Elgin-Oxford

(File photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo / iDesign)

London and Middlesex County saw just a trio of new COVID-19 cases, while the steady increase of infections in Elgin and Oxford counties continued Tuesday.

The Middlesex London Health Unit reported three more people tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours. It is only the second time since the start of the month the number of day-to-day lab-confirmed cases has risen above one. The last time was on August 3 when three cases were recorded.

There have now been 687 cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County since the start of the pandemic.

One more person has recovered from the virus to bring the number of resolved cases to 613.

The death toll is unchanged at 57 with no additional deaths reported in nearly two months.

Southwestern Public Health, which covers Oxford and Elgin counties, continues to deal with increased circulation of COVID-19. It reported five new cases on Tuesday. That brings the region’s total case count up to 214, with 62 of those cases confirmed since August 1.

Eight more previously diagnosed individuals have since recovered, raising the number of resolved cases to 140. There were no additional deaths reported, leaving the death toll at five.

Provincially, there is reason to be optimistic that continued vigilance surrounding public health safety measures is paying off. Ontario reported only 33 new cases on Tuesday, its lowest daily case count since March 18.

Health Minister Christine Elliott did note a routine data clean-up is partly credited for the significant drop.

“Ontario is reporting 33 cases of #COVID19, a 0.1% increase. This includes routine data clean-up by Toronto Public Health, which removed 21 cases, such as duplicates, that had previously been included in daily case counts,” Elliott tweeted.

The total number of cases in the province now sits at 40,194.

There were no new deaths reported over the past 24 hours. That leaves the total number of deaths unchanged at 2,786.

The number of resolved cases went up by 75 to 36,456.

Currently, 60 infected Ontarians are in hospital receiving treatment.