COVID-19 hospitalizations down, no deaths since Friday

Nasal swabs in test tubes. File photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo / ayo88.

The weekend brought a drop in the number of people in London hospitals infected with COVID-19.

The London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) said on Monday it has 35 inpatients in its care being treated for COVID-19, down seven since Friday. According to hospital officials, 19 of the COVID positive inpatients are being treated for the virus, while the remaining 16 were being treated for other ailments but have tested positive for COVID.

The intensive care unit has five or fewer inpatients with COVID-19, unchanged over the past 72 hours. The number of inpatients with the virus admitted to Children’s Hospital also sits unchanged at five or fewer. Of those at Children’s, five or fewer are listed in paediatric critical care.

The number of hospital workers who have tested positive for the virus dropped on Monday. There are 138 infected staffers at the LHSC, down 32 since Friday. At this time last week, 163 hospital employees had contracted the virus.

The Middlesex London Health Unit logged 108 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.

There were 26 new cases recorded on Monday, 44 new cases on Sunday, and 38 new cases on Saturday. However, public health officials caution that single-day case numbers are an underestimate of community spread due to eligibility changes that limit who can receive a test.The area’s total case count stands at 37,378 since the pandemic began.

There were no additional deaths added to the overall count over the past 72 hours. The local death toll since the pandemic began remains at 378. It has been five days since a COVID-19 related death was recorded in the city or county.

Resolved cases are up to 36,374. The number of active cases locally went down by 79 since Friday to 626 on Monday.

Southwestern Public Health, the health unit that covers Elgin and Oxford counties, reported 72 new cases since Friday. The latest infections bring the two counties’ total case count to 13,592. There was one additional death recorded over the weekend, increasing the death toll to 165. The health unit said the total number of resolved cases in the area is 13,169 there are 258 known active cases locally.

Provincially, COVID-19 hospitalizations saw a minor bump, while the death toll was unchanged.

There are currently 1,213 people with the virus in hospital, up 46 from Sunday. A week ago there were 1,423 COVID positive people in Ontario hospitals. Intensive care unit (ICU) admissions decreased by six to 201. Hospitalization and ICU numbers could actually be higher than what was released Monday as not all hospitals report over the weekend, public health officials reminded.

Ontario logged 1,206 new infections over the past 24 hours. But single-day case counts are considered to be an underestimation of community spread as the Ford government continues to restrict eligibility for publicly-funded COVID-19 tests. The latest cases put Ontario’s total case count since the start of the pandemic to 1,276,116.

Public health officials said there were zero COVID-19 deaths on Monday. It is the second Monday in a row no additional COVID-19 deaths were recorded. The provincial death toll since the pandemic began two years ago stands at 12,972.

The number of resolved cases are up by 1,976 to 1,239,781.

In the last 24 hour period, 7,702 COVID-19 tests were processed. Ontario’s positivity rate is now 12 per cent, down from 14 per cent a week ago.

There have been 32,946,405 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ontario as of Sunday night. Figures indicate 93.1 per cent of Ontarians 12 and older have received one dose of the vaccine, while 91.2 per cent have been given their second dose. To date, more than 7.3 million Ontarians have received a booster shot.