Ten new COVID-19 cases, no deaths in London region

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It was a return to double-digit daily case counts in London and Middlesex County on Friday.

Ten more infections were reported over the past 24 hours by the Middlesex London Health Unit. There have only been four other days this month where daily case counts have risen above nine – July 2 with 13 cases, July 14 with 12 cases, July 16 with 10 cases, and July 21 with 12 cases.

The region’s total caseload since the pandemic began is now 12,729.

No additional deaths were recorded Friday, leaving the local death toll at 229. It has been more than a week since anyone in the city or county has died after contracting the virus.

The number of resolved cases rose by eight to 12,446. There are 54 known active cases in the region, the third straight week that number has remained above 50.

The London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) has five or fewer COVID-19 inpatients in its care, unchanged from Thursday. Of those, fewer than five are listed in intensive care. Currently, there are no hospital staff who have tested positive for the virus.

The number of cases involving variants of concern identified in the area was unchanged at 3,563. There have been 3,379 cases involving the B.1.1.7 (Alpha) variant that originated in the U.K., 105 cases of the P.1 (Gamma) variant from Brazil, two cases of the B.1.351 (Beta) variant from South Africa, and 73 cases of the B.1.617 (Delta) variant, originally found in India.

For parents of unvaccinated kids aged 12 to 17, this is the last weekend to get your child the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in order to have them fully vaccinated before school resumes in September. It takes four weeks after the first shot to be eligible for the second dose and then another two weeks to reach full immunity. Walk-ins for both the first and second doses are being accepted at all four of the region’s mass vaccination clinics. Appointments can also be booked online at covidvaccinelm.ca.

In Elgin and Oxford counties, there were no new COVID-19 cases reported for a second day in a row. Southwestern Public Health, the health unit for the region, said that leaves the local total number of cases at 3,932 with 3,831 resolved. The death toll was unchanged at 84. Currently, there are 17 active cases in the two counties. As of Thursday, 77.8 per cent of area residents aged 12 and older have had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 57.6 per cent have received both doses.

For the second time since Sunday, the number of new COVID-19 cases across the province rose above 150.

Public health officials confirmed 192 new infections on Friday, up from 183 on Thursday. There were 135 cases logged on Wednesday, 127 recorded on Tuesday, and 130 reported on Monday.

Toronto had the province’s highest daily number of cases over the past 24 hours with 43, followed by Peel Region with 25, and York and Waterloo regions with 18 each.

Ontario’s total case count since the start of the pandemic now stands at 548,986.

There have been another 127 new cases of the variant originating from the U.K. in Ontario. That brings the province’s total number of B.1.1.7. (Alpha) cases to 145,148. Cases of the B.1.351 (Beta) variant are up six to bring the total to 1,485 and P.1 (Gamma) variants are up by 34 to 5,130. The number of new cases involving the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant is up by 131 for a total of 3,885.

There was one additional death reported to bring the provincial death toll up to 9,308.

Hospitalizations in Ontario are down by three with 137 COVID-19 positive patients admitted. There are 136 patients in intensive care and 84 are on ventilators. ICU numbers include patients who previously tested positive for COVID-19 but have since recovered and remain due to other complications.

The number of resolved cases now stands at 538,271. There are currently 1,407 active cases of the virus in Ontario.

In the last 24 hour period, 19,757 COVID-19 tests were processed, up slightly from 19,599 the previous day. Ontario’s current positivity rate remains low at 0.9 per cent.

To date, the province has administered 18,724,400 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with more than 8.3 million people having received both shots required to be fully inoculated.