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Recent developments:

  • Ontario reported 447 cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths on Monday.
  • A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at University Hostpial in London.
  • Second shot bookings for the AstraZeneca vaccine shortened to eight weeks.

What’s the latest situation for the London area?

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) posted 18 new cases of COVID-19 for the region Monday and no new deaths.

The 12 new cases were reported over the weekend, including five Saturday and seven Sunday.

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There were 14 recoveries reported Monday, with 100 known active cases in the region.

The seven-day rolling average for daily cases is 13 as of Monday.

Outbreak declared at University Hospital

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) has declared an outbreak at University Hospital after fewer than five people contracted the virus. The hospital network says the outbreak is in the 8TU – Transplant Unit.

The LHSC says the hospital remains open and patients should not delay seeking care for any urgent or emergent needs.

As of Friday, there were 16 patients being treated for COVID-related illnesses at London hospitals, including eight in critical care. There were no staff who currently had tested positive for the virus.

COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Southwestern Public Health reported seven new COVID-19 cases and no deaths on Monday. There are now 19 active cases in Elgin-Middlesex, including 13 in Woodstock.

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Huron Perth Public Health also posted seven new infections for their health region and no deaths. There are 23 active cases in Huron-Perth, including six in Huron East and five in Stratford.

Meanwhile, there were 447 additional cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, along with four more deaths Monday.

More than 74 per cent of Ontarians 18 and older have received a first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. Staring today, more people will be able to book an accelerated second dose.

Those who received a first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine can book their second dose after eight weeks, four weeks earlier than the previous wait time of 12 weeks. They can chose to get a second dose of AstraZeneca, or opt for an mNRA vaccine from Pfizer or Moderna.

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