12 new COVID-19 cases reported in London, Middlesex

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After a day that saw the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in the London area in three weeks, a dozen new cases were reported by the Middlesex London Health Unit on Wednesday.

The 12 new cases bring the local total since the start of the pandemic to 12,713. No deaths were reported Wednesday. The area death toll is unchanged at 229, with no additional COVID-19 related deaths reported in the past six days.

The number of resolved cases in the community has risen to 12,428. There are now 56 active cases in London and Middlesex County.

Three more cases have been identified as involving a Variant of Concern. The total is now 3,557. There are 3,378 variants of concern that have been confirmed as the B.1.1.7 (Alpha) strain and 101 have tested positive as the P.1. (Gamma) variant. The region has also had 70 cases of the B.1.617 (Delta) variant or a sublineage of it, and two cases of the B.1.351 (Beta) strain. There are 202 cases that have tested positive for a mutation.

The London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is reporting a slight increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 in its care. Currently, there are seven COVID-positive patients admitted to the hospital, up from five on Tuesday. Fewer than five of those patients are listed in intensive care. The LHSC has no staffers who have tested positive for the virus.

In Elgin and Oxford counties, there three new cases reported Wednesday. That brings Southwestern Public Health’s total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 3,932. There has not been a COVID-19 related death in the region since last Wednesday, leaving the death toll unchanged at 84. Resolved cases rose to 3,828 with 20 known active cases in the two counties remaining.

Ontario reported 135 new cases and four deaths on Wednesday.

Toronto had the province’s highest daily number of cases on Wednesday with 26, followed by Peel Region with 16, and Durham Region with 13.

Ontario’s total case count since the start of the pandemic now stands at 548,609.

There are currently 139 people who are positive for COVID-19 being treated at Ontario hospitals. COVID-19 related admissions to the intensive care unit are down by four to 145 and there are 70 patients on ventilators, down from 98 on Tuesday.

The number of resolved cases rose by 151 to 537,975. There are currently 1,334 active cases of the virus in Ontario.

To date, the province has administered over 18.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with over eight million people having received both shots required to be fully inoculated.