14 new COVID-19 cases in London-Middlesex

A microbiologist performs a manual extraction of the coronavirus. (Photo by Tom Wolf from Flickr)

The London region saw more new COVID-19 cases reported on Monday than it did over the entire weekend.

The Middlesex London Health Unit said 14 additional infections were confirmed over the last 24 hours. That is one more than the combined 13 cases reported Saturday and Sunday.

The area’s total case count now sits at 1,108.

There were no additional COVID-19 related deaths reported on Monday, leaving the death toll unchanged at 60 for a second straight day. On Saturday, the area recorded its youngest COVID-19 death – a 51-year-old woman.

For the first time since early June, the London Health Sciences Centre said Monday the number of patients being treated for COVID-19 at its hospitals has risen above five. There are currently six COVID-19 inpatients in the hospital’s care.

An outbreak of the virus at McGarrell Place, a London long-term care home, has been declared over. Outbreaks remain at eight other facilities – Chartwell London, Chelsey Park, Craigwiel Gardens, Extendicare, Henley Place LTC Residence, Oakcrossing Retirement Living, Westmount Gardens, and Strathmere Lodge.

Ten more people have recovered from the virus in London and Middlesex County, to bring the number of resolved cases up to 982.

Currently, there are 66 active cases in the area.

Mayor Ed Holder announced Monday COVID-19 testing has expanded to five more London pharmacies. Shoppers at 1155 Commissioners Rd., Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy at 279 Wharncliffe Rd. N, London Medical Plex Pharmacy at 1807 Wonderland Rd. N, Medpoint Pharmacy at Citi Plaza, and TMC Pharmacy at 990 Gainsborough Rd. are all now testing asymptomatic people. Pharmacy testing remains by appointment only.

Southwestern Public Health, the health unit for Oxford and Elgin counties, reported one new COVID-19 case on Monday. The area’s total number of cases since the start of the pandemic is now 309. With resolved cases up four to 288 and deaths unchanged at five, the two counties are currently only dealing with 16 active cases.

After smashing previous record highs for two consecutive days, Ontario is reporting a smaller number of new COVID-19 cases.

Public health officials reported 851 new infections across the province on Monday. That is down from 1,042 on Sunday and 978 on Saturday.

“There are 281 new cases in Toronto, 215 in Peel, 90 in York Region, and 76 in Ottawa,” Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted.

Ontario’s total case count since January has grown to 71,224.

Six additional COVID-19 linked deaths were reported over the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll to 3,099. Resolved cases rose to 60,839, with 679 recoveries confirmed since Sunday.

The number of infected Ontarians in hospital sits at 295. Of those, 78 are in the intensive care unit and 51 are relying on ventilators to breathe.

In the last 24 hours, nearly 28,700 more COVID-19 tests were conducted in Ontario.