25 new COVID-19 cases recorded in London-area

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The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in a single-day in the London region has hit a high not seen in more than a month.

The Middlesex London Health Unit reported 25 new infections Monday, up from 13 on Sunday and 21 on Saturday. The last time the region saw 25 or more cases of the virus in one day was on October 22 when 27 cases were logged.

The area’s total case count stands at 14,875 since the pandemic began.

It has now been one week since the city or county recorded a COVID-19 related death, leaving the death toll unchanged at 252. There have been seven deaths linked to the virus this month, one more than in October.

Resolved cases are up by 11 to 14,468. Currently, there are 155 active cases in the region, up by 15 since the previous day.

Outbreaks have been reported at two residences at post secondary institutions in London. Western University’s Saugeen-Maitland Hall declared the outbreak on Saturday after five student residents tested positive. Fanshawe College declared an outbreak at Merlin House Residence a day later. Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Alex Summers said on Monday that three cases are linked to the Fanshawe outbreak. These are the first outbreaks to be declared at Western and Fanshawe since the start of the fall term in September.

The London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is reporting 18 patients with COVID-19 in its care, down four from Friday. Eight of the patients in the care of the LHSC are listed in intensive care and five or fewer are at Children’s Hospital. The LHSC currently has five or fewer staffers who have tested positive for the virus.

London’s public school board reported just two new cases of COVID-19 late Monday at Mountsfield Public School and Tecumseh Public School.

Of the 514 people in the London region who have contracted the virus over the past six weeks, 47.5 per cent were not vaccinated, 2.7 per cent were partially vaccinated, 0.8 per cent had received the vaccine but it had not yet taken effect, and 49 per cent were fully vaccinated. The unvaccinated or partially vaccinated account for 55.6 per cent of local hospitalizations.

The number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Elgin and Oxford counties was 69 on Monday. That number includes infections identified both Saturday and Sunday, as Southwestern Public Health does not update its COVID-19 dashboard on weekends. The latest cases bring the two counties total case count to 5,344. There was one additional death recorded, to bring the death toll up to 98. The health unit said the total number of resolved cases in the area is 5,035, leaving 211 known active cases. As of Sunday, 84.9 per cent of all people in the two counties 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 82.6 per cent have been given both shots.

Provincially, the number of new COVID-19 cases fell back below 800, a day after hitting a six-month high.

Public health officials reported 788 new infections on Monday. That is down from 964 on Sunday – the highest one day case count the province has marked since May 30. The latest cases put Ontario’s total case count since the start of the pandemic to 617,803.

Of the 788 cases recorded over the past 24 hours, 412 were reportedly among unvaccinated people, 27 involved partially vaccinated people, and 315 were fully vaccinated people. There were 34 COVID-positive individuals whose vaccination status was not known.

The province confirmed over the weekend that two people in Ontario have tested positive for the new Omicron variant. The two infected individuals flew into Montreal after a trip to Nigeria. Other suspected cases of the new mutation involve two people in Ottawa and two people in Hamilton.

Three additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported on Monday, increasing the death toll to 9,997.

At hospitals in Ontario, there are 145 patients with COVID-19, up 23 from Sunday. The total number of patients in the intensive care unit is up by 13 to 148 and the number of patients on ventilators is up by 13 to 131.

The number of resolved cases rose by 452 to 600,990. There are currently 6,816 known active cases of the virus in Ontario.

The province processed 26,016 COVID-19 tests in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate is currently 3.5 per cent.

There have been 22,950,908 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ontario as of Sunday night. Over 89 per cent of Ontarians 12 and older have received one dose of the vaccine, while 86.3 per cent have been given their second dose to be considered fully inoculated.