Coronavirus: 33 new cases, 1 new death in London-Middlesex

Coronavirus: 33 new cases, 1 new death in London-Middlesex
The update brings the region’s total case count to 555, of which 479 people have recovered and six have died. The most recent death involved a man in his 70s who had been hospitalized, according to the health unit. It was reported last Wednesday .

Monday’s update leaves at least 70 active cases in the region. Of those, 53 are in Oxford County while 17 are in Elgin County.

Twenty-eight cases are in Woodstock alone, while Ingersoll has 10 active cases; St. Thomas, seven; Aylmer, six; and Tillsonburg, five. Eight other municipalities have active case counts under five each.

SWPH is currently in the orange-restrict tier of the province’s colour-coded restrictions framework.

Two people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are currently hospitalized, with one person in the ICU.

The most recent school case was reported late Wednesday at Forest Park Public School in St. Thomas involving one student.

At least 13 cases have been reported at schools in the region since March.

According to provincial data, at least five schools in the region have active cases as of Monday:

One institutional outbreak remains active in the region as of Monday. It was reported on Nov. 24 at Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock and involves one staff case.

At least 10 outbreaks have been declared since March at nine facilities, linked to at least 20 cases, of which four have involved residents.

Woodstock has seen the largest number of cases during the pandemic, 121, followed closely behind by Aylmer with 113.

Yet due to their population differences, Aylmer’s incident rate is equivalent to 1,508.3 cases per 100,000 people, compared with 295.8 per 100,000 in Woodstock.

Elsewhere, Bayham has seen 78 cases; St. Thomas, 63; Tillsonburg, 44; Norwich Township, 41; Ingersoll, 25; East Zorra-Tavistock, 13; Blandford-Blenheim, 12; and Dutton/Dunwich, 11. Six other municipalities have case tallies below 10.

As of the week of Nov. 15, the most recent figures available, the region’s test positivity rate stood at 1.1 per cent, down from 2.0 the week before. At least 3,882 people were tested for the virus that week.

Huron and Perth

Huron Perth Public Health’s total care count went up by 15 with 16 new cases, minus one case that has been reassigned to a different health unit.

HPPH also reported one additional death as well as six recoveries as of 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Four people are currently hospitalized, according to the health unit.

Of the 16 new cases, nine are in Perth County, three are in Huron County, and four are in Stratford.

The region’s total case count now stands at 333, of which 263 people have recovered and 18 have died.

On Sunday, medical officer of health Dr. Miriam Klassen issued a Section 22 order “that authorizes the health unit to enforce individual compliance with public health instructions.”

The order’s main focus is on .

The region remains in the orange-restrict level of the province’s COVID-19 framework, as it has since Nov. 23.

Three outbreaks tied to long-term care and retirement homes remain active.

One is at Spruce Lodge Long Term Care Home in Stratford and involves one staff member. Another other is at Knollcrest Lodge in Perth East and also involves one staff member.

The third outbreak is in Stratford at Cedarcroft Place. The outbreak, declared Oct. 27, is linked to 45 resident cases and 22 staff cases — or about one-half of all residents and one-third of all staff.

As of Saturday, HPPH said 11 deaths are tied to the Cedarcroft outbreak. Of the 45 resident cases, one remains active. Of the 22 staff cases, two are active.
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