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COVID-19: Middlesex-London Health Unit reports 16 cases Thursday

COVID-19: Middlesex-London Health Unit reports 16 cases Thursday
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The Middlesex-London Health Unit ( MLHU ) reported 16 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, though the total case count climbed by only 15.

In total, there have been 14,255 cases with 13,870 recoveries (an increase of 21), 142 active cases (a decrease of six) and 243 deaths.

The last two deaths, reported Sunday, involved a man in his 80s and a man in his 50s. Neither was associated with a long-term care or retirement home. On Tuesday, medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie said that both individuals were partially vaccinated.

The number of cases involving a variant of concern climbed by three to 4,269. The breakdown of known variant cases is as follows:

There are also two cases listed using the old code numbers, one described as B.1.617 and another listed as B.1.617.3.

Further information can be found on the health unit’s summary of COVID-19 cases in Middlesex-London .

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is caring for 12 inpatients with COVID-19 as of Thursday with five or fewer in adult critical care or the intensive care unit.

There are zero COVID-19 inpatients in Children’s Hospital. As a result, there are zero cases in pediatric critical care.

Zero staff have currently tested positive for COVID-19.

St. Joseph’s Health Care London (SJHCL) reported one non-outbreak case involving a health-care worker.

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The MLHU is reporting an outbreak at Dearness Home in 5E, declared Oct. 6, which medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie described on Oct. 7 as “precautionary” with only two confirmed cases at that time.

There are also outbreaks reported at the following schools:

Mackie explained Tuesday that the outbreak at Ryerson () is the result of a supply teacher covering a prep teacher role who was in 14 classes at the school while they were potentially contagious.

He said the supply teacher was double vaccinated and so the likelihood of spread is lower but, as of Tuesday, there was a single case “where we don’t think that there is a better explanation anywhere else in the community, except exposure in one of these classes.”

A previous outbreak at St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School, declared Oct. 1, was listed as over as of Oct. 12.

The following schools have cases associated with them, according to the MLHU:

The following child-care or early years centres have cases associated with them, according to the MLHU:

The health unit said at least 117 cases have been reported since the start of the school year involving elementary and secondary schools, and child-care and early years centres.

As of Oct. 9, 83.2 per cent of residents aged 12 and older were fully vaccinated and 87.9 per cent have had at least one dose.

Since Sept. 1, unvaccinated individuals have accounted for 64.74 per cent of all cases (or 470 of 726 cases) and 63.33 per cent of all hospitalizations (or 19 of hospitalizations).

Meanwhile, 25.07 per cent of all cases (or 182 of 726 cases) involved those who were fully vaccinated while 30 per cent of all hospitalizations (nine of 30) involved individuals who were fully vaccinated.

The rest of the cases involved individuals who were partially vaccinated or not yet protected by vaccination.

On the health unit’s website, residents can find information on pop-up clinics , ; guidance for anyone vaccinated outside of the province or country ; transportation support for those in need; and more .

Anyone looking to be tested for COVID-19 can find information about the .

The latest COVID-19 test positivity rate in the region was 1.8 per cent for the week of Sept. 26, unchanged from the week of Sept. 19.

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The province reported 417 cases Thursday and three deaths.

Of the 417 cases, 228 involved unvaccinated people, 16 were partially vaccinated, 146 were fully vaccinated and for 27 people the status was unknown.

According to Thursday’s report , 69 cases were recorded in Toronto, 44 in Eastern Ontario Health Unit, 43 in Peel Region, 30 in Hamilton, 29 in Ottawa and 23 in Windsor-Essex. All other health units reported fewer than 20 cases.

Among those eligible, 82.6 per cent are fully vaccinated and 87.2 per cent have had at least one dose.

Ontario reported 254 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19 (up by 12 from the previous day) with 158 patients in intensive care units (up by five) and 129 patients in intensive care units on a ventilator (up by five).

On Thursday, Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) reported 12 new cases and stated that one case was removed from its tally due to data cleanup.

In total, SWPH reported:

The death involved a St. Thomas man in his 60s. SWPH does not provide vaccination data specific to individual cases. 

Of the 80 active cases in the region, 37 are in Elgin County (including 13 in Aylmer and nine each in St. Thomas and Bayham) and 43 are in Oxford County (including 11 in Tillsonburg, 10 in Norwich Township and nine in Woodstock).

Four people with COVID-19 are hospitalized, the health unit said, with one in the ICU.

One outbreak, declared Oct. 3, is ongoing at Elgin Manor in St. Thomas. The outbreak is tied to two resident cases and two staff cases.

Information on school cases can be found on the websites of the Thames Valley District School Board and the .

The region’s test positivity rate was 2.9 per cent for the week of Oct. 3, up from 2.5 per cent a week earlier.

As of Oct. 12, 81.9 per cent of those aged 12 and older in the region were fully vaccinated while 86.2 per cent have had at least one dose.
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