The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported seven cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
The total number of cases now stands at 14,572, with 91 active cases (a decrease of five), 14,235 recoveries (an increase of 12) and 246 total deaths (unchanged).
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The latest death, reported Nov. 2, involved a 70-year-old woman who was not associated with a nursing home or long-term care home. She was not vaccinated.
Of the 91 active cases, 29 involve children 11 years and younger, a cohort that is not yet eligible for vaccination. The largest number of cases is found in the age group 40 to 64 years, which comprises 31 active cases, followed by 16 cases among those 25 to 39 years. The complete list of cases by age is available on the website of the health unit.
You can find information on the local variant of data of concern by visiting the COVID-19 case summary in Middlesex-London page and clicking on the “Case Status” tab.
As of Monday, the London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) was treating eight hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
There were five or fewer inpatients in adult intensive care or in the intensive care unit.
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There were five or fewer hospitalized COVID-19 patients at Children’s Hospital and zero in pediatric intensive care.
Currently, five or fewer employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
St. Joseph’s Health Care London (SJHCL) reported a non-outbreak case involving healthcare workers.
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The MLHU does not report any active outbreaks in the region involving long-term care homes, nursing homes, or hospitals.
The health unit reports an outbreak at Wilberforce Public School, declared Oct. 28.
A previously reported outbreak at Waddling Duck Daycare, declared on October 30, was listed as resolved on November 6.
The following schools have active cases associated with them, according to the MLHU:
- Ashley Oaks Public School (one case)
- Hermano André Catholic Primary School (one case)
- London Waldorf School (one case)
- Matthews Hall Independent School (one case)
- Notre Dame Catholic School (two cases)
- St. John French Immersion School (one case)
- St. Nicholas Senior Catholic School (two cases)
- Santo Tomás de Aquino High School (two cases)
- Central Valleyview Public School (one case)
- W. Sherwood Fox Public School (one case)
- Wilberforce Public School (three cases)
The health unit says that at least 214 cases have been reported since the beginning of the school year in primary and secondary schools, as well as in nurseries and early childhood education centers.
Vaccines and tests
As of the end of November 6, 89.5 percent of eligible residents (12 years and older) had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 86.2 percent were fully immunized.
Since Sept. 28, unvaccinated people have accounted for 57 percent of all cases (or 293 of 495 cases) and 73.3 percent of all hospitalizations (11 of 15).
Of the six COVID-19-related deaths reported in the past six weeks, four involved people who were not vaccinated, one involved a person who was fully vaccinated, and another involved someone who was partially vaccinated.
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On the website of the health unit, residents can find information about emerging clinics, mass vaccination clinics and pharmacies; guidance for anyone vaccinated outside the province or country; transportation support for the needy; and more.
Anyone who wants to get tested for COVID-19 can find information about the test site locations on the health unit website.
The latest COVID-19 test positivity rate in the region was 1.6% during the week of October 24, down from 1.8% for the week of October 17.
Ontario reported 441 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, a lower count than the previous day but much higher than the last two Tuesdays. The total number of provincial cases now stands at 604,152.
For comparison, last Tuesday saw 331 new cases, while the previous Tuesday saw 269. All three Tuesdays saw comparable test volumes in the 20,000 range.
Of the 441 new cases registered, the data showed that 225 were unvaccinated, 19 were partially vaccinated, 173 were fully vaccinated, and vaccination status was unknown for 24 people.
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The death toll in the province has risen to 9,903, as three more deaths related to the virus were recorded.
At 8pm on Monday, 13,049 vaccines (4,674 for a first injection and 8,375 for a second injection) were administered on the last day.
There are more than 11 million people in the province fully immunized with two doses, which represents 85.1% of the eligible population (12 years or more). The coverage of the first dose is 88.5%.
Elgin and Oxford
On Tuesday, Southwestern Public Health reported:
- 4,847 cases in total (an increase of 18)
- 126 active cases (a decrease of three)
- 4,626 cases resolved (an increase of 20)
- 96 deaths to date (an increase of one)
More details can be found on the SWPH COVID-19 dashboard.
The most recent death was reported Tuesday and involved a woman in her 50s from Elgin County. It was the first reported death this week, but the fourth reported death in the past two weeks.
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Of the 126 active cases in the region, 57 were in Elgin County (including 27 in Aylmer) and 69 in Oxford County (including 34 in Woodstock).
Eight people were hospitalized with COVID-19 and four in the ICU as of Tuesday. There were no active institutional outbreaks.
The region’s test positivity rate was 3.6 percent for the week of October 24, compared to 3.9 percent adjusted for the week of October 17.
As of November 7, 83.7 percent of those over 12 in the region were fully vaccinated, while 86.7 percent had received at least one dose.
Information on where and how to get vaccinated can be found on the website of the health unit.
Huron and Perth
As of Tuesday, Huron Perth Public Health reported:
- 2,392 total cases (an increase of three)
- 43 active cases (a decrease of three)
- 2,282 recoveries (an increase of 24)
- 67 deaths to date (no change)
Among the 43 active cases, 15 were in Perth East, nine in Stratford and six in Huron East. Full case counts by municipality can be found at the health unit dashboard.
There were four people hospitalized with COVID-19 and two active cases involving healthcare workers, as of Tuesday.
HPPH reported three outbreaks, although there were no outbreaks in long-term care homes, nursing homes, or hospitals as of Monday.
An outbreak at the Milverton Public School in Perth East was declared on October 27 and involves one staff case and 16 student cases.
The other two outbreaks involve workplaces. No additional information was provided.
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The test positivity rate in the region was 2.3% during the week of October 24, compared to 1.2% for the week of October 17.
HPPH’s vaccine control panel showed that, as of November 8, 82.1 percent of those 12 and older were fully vaccinated, while 85.2 percent had received at least one dose.
Information can be found on how and where to get a vaccine. on the website of the health unit.
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Sarnia and Lambton
On Tuesday, Lambton Public Health (LPH) reported:
- 4,246 cases in total (an increase of three)
- 49 active cases (an increase of three)
- 4,126 cases resolved (an increase of six)
- 71 deaths to date (no change)
The most recent death was reported on October 28 and involved someone who was in their 90s.
Eight COVID-19 patients were in the care of Bluewater Health as of Tuesday.
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LPH reported three active outbreaks in total:
- Brigden Public School, declared on November 4 and with fewer than five cases
- Bluewater Health Hospital, declared Nov. 5 and with fewer than five patient cases and fewer than five staff cases
- an outbreak in the workplace declared on October 31 involving three cases
The test positivity rate for the week of October 24 was 2.5 percent, down from 3.8 percent the week before.
Among area residents 12 years and older, 80.8% are fully vaccinated and 83.0% have received at least one dose.
Residents can book and rebook COVID-19 vaccine appointments or find information on vaccine availability at pharmacies using the health unit registration page. Individuals can also call the immunization call center at 226-254-8222.
Those who can get vaccinated on short notice are encouraged to sign up for Lambton Public Health’s daily program. Waiting list of vaccines.
—With files from Jacquelyn LeBel and Gabby Rodrigues of Global News
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