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COVID-19: MLHU reports 20 cases, death of man in his 70s

COVID-19: MLHU reports 20 cases, death of man in his 70s
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The Middlesex-London Health Unit ( MLHU ) reported 20 COVID-19 cases and another death on Thursday.

The death involved a man in his 70s who was not associated with a long-term care or retirement home. Medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie said Thursday that while the man was fully vaccinated, he was eligible for a third dose.

“The issue here was that this is someone who’s eligible for a third dose because of a suppressed immune system, but had not yet had that third dose,” said Mackie.

“It’s a really important reminder that for those in those high-risk groups that we know, based on research, have a lower immune response to the vaccines: a third dose is very important.”

A list of who is currently eligible for a third dose is available . Mackie noted that the list is expected to expand “soon.”

The death comes a day after another death involving a man in his 70s, though it is believed the man, in that case, was unvaccinated.

The region’s total case count has risen to 14,344, with 13,908 recoveries (an increase of 13), 101 active cases (an increase of six) and 245 deaths.

The MLHU dashboard is no longer including the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases at the top of its dashboard, however, it is still listing the breakdown of confirmed variant of concern cases:

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 .

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is caring for six inpatients with COVID-19 as of Thursday, a decrease of three from Wednesday.

There are five or fewer inpatients in adult critical care or the intensive care unit.

There are five or fewer inpatients with COVID-19 in Children’s Hospital with five or fewer in pediatric critical care.

Five or fewer 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.

As of Thursday, there were no active outbreaks in the region involving long-term care homes, retirement homes or hospitals.
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