What’s the COVID-19 situation for the London area?
The Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) posted 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and no deaths.
The seven-day rolling average for daily cases counts continues to trend downward to 99. The average is down from a high of 133 a week ago.
The health unit reported 133 case recoveries Thursday, with 1,033 active cases in the region.
There’s been 2,517 cases of COVID-19 in Middlesex-London so far in April, the most during any month during the pandemic.
While case counts are higher than they’ve ever been, the number of new deaths remains low, with four so far in April. In comparison, there were 2,375 cases in January and 73 deaths.
London Health Sciences Centre is reporting one additional patient with COVID-19 Thursday. There are now 95 patients in hospital being treated for the virus, including 37 in ICU. Nine staff members are currently in isolation after testing positive.
What’s the situation with seniors’ homes and schools?
The third wave of the pandemic is one that has had very little impact on people living in seniors’ homes. There have been five additional cases of COVID-19 at long-term care homes and three at retirement residences. There hasn’t been a COVID-related death reported at a seniors’ facility since March 3, 2021.
During the second wave between December and March, there were 66 COVID-related fatalities at seniors’ homes, the majority in long-term care.
There have been an additional 34 cases of COVID-19 at local schools and child care centres reported by the MLHU in the last week. That includes 16 at elementary schools, 11 at secondary schools and seven at child care centres.
While the majority of students are learning remotely, there are outbreaks at five child care and early years centres, involving six active cases. According to the health unit, anyone who has tested positive is in isolation and not attending the centres.
COVID-19 across the region and beyond
Southwestern Public Health is reporting 26 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. There are currently 168 ongoing cases in Elgin-Oxford, including 54 in St. Thomas, 40 in Woodstock and 27 in Tillsonburg.
Huron Perth Public Health had four additional cases in their region Thursday, including three in Perth County and one in Central Huron. There are 40 active cases in the region.
Meanwhile, there were 3,682 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 40 more deaths across Ontario.
According to the Ministry of Health, there are now 806 patients in ICUs across the province, including 588 who require a ventilator to breathe.