Two deaths, six new COVID-19 cases in London area

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Two men in their 50s and 80s have become the latest victims of COVID-19 in the London area.

The Middlesex London Health Unit reported the deaths on Sunday. The total number of deaths in the region is now at 243.

The health unit reported six new infections Sunday, down 20 cases from the previous day. The number of active cases in the community, as of Saturday, is 180.

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.

The Thames Valley District School Board announced Saturday night that confirmed or probable cases of the virus have been detected at Emily Carr Public School, Evelyn Harrison Public School, and Delaware Central Public School.

Two additional cases were also identified at Ryerson Public School.

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.

Provincially, there were 535 new cases reported Sunday, along with two additional deaths. There are 153 people in the hospital being treated for COVID. Of those, 82 are in intensive care.