3 new COVID-19 deaths and ongoing hospitalizations in London this week | CBC News

Three more people have died with COVID-19 in Middlesex-London this week as hospitalizations with the virus remain stable.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported the death of a woman in her 90s on Tuesday. Two more deaths were reported Thursday, including a man in his 70s and a woman in her 80s.

There have been 14 COVID-19 related deaths reported in April and 375 since the pandemic began.

The seven-day moving average for daily reported high-risk cases remains stable at 89. The number of known active cases is 870, more than 100 fewer than the previous week. The actual number of cases in the community is estimated to be much higher, as testing is only tracked in high-risk settings, according to the health unit.

As of April 23, 88.2% of residents over the age of five are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unchanged from the previous week. The MLHU continues to urge everyone over the age of 12 to receive a third booster dose of the vaccine. Those over the age of 60, along with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people over the age of 18 can also get a fourth booster.

For more information on how to get vaccinated in Middlesex-London, visit the health unit’s website. website.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 remain stable

The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) registered 48 COVID-19 patients at local hospitals on Friday, down 11 from Monday but the same since last Friday.

The number of people receiving specific treatment for the virus represents 41.6 percent of the total number of patients, while 58.3 percent tested positive while hospitalized for other ailments. There are 11 COVID-19 patients in intensive care.

There are currently 215 LHSC staff members who have tested positive for the virus and are isolating, down 63 from the same day last week.

There are three active COVID-19 outbreaks within the hospital network, including one at University Hospital in the U4 Medicine 100 and low 200 wings, and two at Victoria Hospital, including the C6-200 Subacute Medicine Unit and the C6-200 Subacute Medicine Unit. neonatal intensive care B4. .

There are currently eight COVID-19 patients at Children’s Hospital and five or fewer in Pediatric Critical Care.

“We’re always concerned when hospitalized COVID cases rise, and that’s especially true for pediatric patients,” said Dr. Adam Dukelow, medical director of the LHSC, adding that about half of children with COVID-19 They tested positive while hospitalized. for other ailments.

“I think these numbers reflect the high rates of infection that we’ve seen in our community over the last two weeks,” he said, adding that hospitalizations are a lagging indicator of cases in the community, and as positive cases decline , hospitalizations are expected to increase. follow, continue.

COVID-19 throughout the province

Ontario is reporting 1,679 patients in hospital with COVID-19 on Friday, including 209 patients in intensive care, down five from the same day last week. The Health Ministry says that 44 percent of patients were admitted directly for symptoms of COVID-19.

An additional 20 COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Ontario on Friday, bringing the total to 12,791 since the pandemic began.


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