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Coronavirus: London-Middlesex reports 2 cases; Elgin-Oxford sees largest single-day spike

Coronavirus: London-Middlesex reports 2 cases; Elgin-Oxford sees largest single-day spike
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Two people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in London and Middlesex, officials with the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported Wednesday.

The total case tally for the region now stands at 669, of which 585 have recovered — a figure unchanged from the day before. Fifty-seven people have also died during the pandemic, with the most recent death having been reported on June 12.

There are at least 27 known active cases in London-Middlesex, according to the health unit.

The two new cases are both from London, Ont., and involve two men, one in their 30s the other in their 40s. Neither is listed as a health-care worker, and neither is linked to a seniors’ facility.

Health unit data shows one case acquired the virus through travel, while the other is currently listed as having no known link.

At least 619 cases have been reported in London during the pandemic. Elsewhere, 24 cases have been in Strathroy-Caradoc, 12 in Middlesex Centre, six each in North Middlesex and Thames Centre, and one each in Lucan Biddulph and Southwest Middlesex.

The region’s seven-day average for new cases stands at 3.0 per day as of Wednesday. Looking back 14 days to July 14, the average is 2.14.

The region’s test positivity rate stood at 0.1 per cent as of the week of July 12, the most recent data available. That figure is the same as it was the two weeks prior.

London and Middlesex has seen 131.8 cases per 100,000 people as of Wednesday, while Ontario has seen 261.8 cases per 100,000.

At least 27 outbreaks have been declared during the pandemic. One is currently active at Victoria Hospital in its child and adolescent mental health unit (B8-200).

The outbreak was declared on Friday after the health unit reported a staff member at the hospital had tested positive.

Of the outbreaks, at least 21 have been at long-term care and retirement homes, which account for at least 184 cases and 37 deaths in London-Middlesex.

According to health unit figures, outbreaks are linked to 37 per cent of all cases, including nearly 85 per cent of all cases involving people 80 and above.
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