20 new COVID-19 cases in London area

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For a second straight day, the Middlesex London Health Unit reported 20 new cases of COVID-19.

The 20 new cases reported Wednesday bring the total in London and Middlesex County since the start of the pandemic to 14,131.

No deaths were reported Wednesday. The most recent COVID-19 fatality in the area was reported last Wednesday, when the health unit said a man in his 70s passed away from the virus. The local death toll remains at 240.

A total of 13,722 cases are considered “resolved” by the health unit, leaving the number of active cases in the community at 169.

There are three active outbreaks at schools in the area. They are at Lord Elgin Public School, St. Catherine of Siena Catholic elementary school, and the London Christian High School.

The London Health Sciences Centre says it is caring for 10 patients with COVID-19. Five or fewer are in intensive care. None of the COVID-19 patients are at Children’s Hospital. The LHSC currently has fewer than five staffers who have tested positive for the virus.

Southwestern Public Health, the health unit for Elgin and Oxford counties, reported eight new cases on Wednesday. No deaths were reported. The two counties have a total of 77 active cases.

Provincially, 476 new cases were reported Wednesday.

“335 cases are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 141 are in fully vaccinated individuals,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet Wednesday morning.

There are 280 patients in Ontario hospitals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 132 are in intensive care. Elliott said Wednesday that, of the 280 patients, 234 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 46 are fully vaccinated.