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What’s the situation for the London area?

The Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) is reporting two deaths and 76 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. A man and a woman in their 60s have died with the virus, according to the health unit.

The identities of the deceased and where they died has not been released.

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There have now been 12 COVID-related deaths in Middlesex-London in April, including six people in their 60s and one person in their 50s. The other five fatalities were people 80 and older. There have now been 200 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the MLHU.

There were 84 recoveries posted Friday, with 944 known active cases in the region. The rolling average for new daily cases is at 95.

London Health Sciences Centre is reporting 87 patients with COVID-19 in local hospitals, eight fewer than Thursday. There are 42 patients being care for in ICUS.

Eight staff members have tested positive for the virus and are in isolation.

Vaccine eligibility expands for MLHU bookings

The health unit announced people 55 and older are now eligible for a vaccination appointment through the MLHU booking system. Anyone born in 1966 or earlier can sign up for their shot.

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Additionally, child care workers 18 and older from licensed centres and adults 16 and older with high-risk health conditions can also book a vaccination through the health unit.

Booking can be made through the local online booking system at covidvaccinelm.ca or by calling 226-289-3560 between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily.

Vaccines are also available for anyone 40 and over at participating pharmacies across the region. Bookings are done through pharmacies and a list of available locations can be found here.

COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Southwestern Public Health is reporting 14 new COVID-19 cases in Elgin-Oxford and no deaths. There are currently 138 ongoing cases in the region, including 40 Woodstock, 28 in St. Thomas, 22 in Tillsonburg and 11 in Aylmer.

There are three new cases in Huron County, including two in Goderich and one in Howick, according to Huron Perth Public Health. The region currently has 31 active cases.

Meanwhile, there were 3,887 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths reported across Ontario Friday.

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce says all education workers across the province will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week. The update has not been confirmed with the MLHU.

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