One death, 23 new COVID-19 cases in London area

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A woman in her 70s has become the latest victim of COVID-19 in the London area.

The Middlesex London Health Unit reported the woman’s death on Friday. She is the 241st person in the region to lose their life to the virus since the start of the pandemic. Information regarding her vaccination status was not immediately available.

The health unit reported another 24 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. That brings the total since the start of the pandemic to 14,181. A total of 13,761 cases are considered “resolved” by the health unit, leaving the number of active cases in the community at 179.

An outbreak at Dearness Home that was declared on Wednesday is still in effect. There are also outbreaks at four schools. An outbreak at St. Kateri Catholic School was added to the list Friday, joining 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 16 new cases on Friday. No deaths were reported. The two counties have a total of 84 active cases.

Provincially, 573 new cases were reported Friday.

“381 cases are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 192 are in fully vaccinated individuals.,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet Friday morning.

According to Elliott, there are 271 people in hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 228 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status. Forty-three are fully vaccinated.