The Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) posted four deaths and 48 new cases of COVID-19 for the London region on Wednesday, marking the highest daily count since the pandemic began.
The MLHU says two women, one in their 70s and one in their 90s, has died, along with two men, one in their 70s and one in their 90s. One of the deaths was reported by the health unit late Tuesday and was confirmed to be connected to an outbreak at University Hospital.
According to the latest update from London Health Sciences Centre, there are 45 patients and 44 staff who have tested postiive for COVID-19. University Hospital continues to deal with outbreaks in multiple units across four floors.
Among Wednesday’s case count is a staff member at a long-term care facility.
A Belmont man, Martin Haalstra, is also being grieved by his family after he died in the ICU this past Sunday.
The health unit posted just nine recoveries with the total of know active infections in the region now up to 219.
Region could see further restrictions
The rise in daily case counts could see the region move to the “orange” zone of Ontario’s five-colour pandemic scale. That means gatherings will be reduced to 10 people indoors and 25 outside. It will also mean changes to restaurants and bars.
- Establishments must be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Nightclubs can only operate as a restaurant or bar
The record case count for Middlesex-London comes as Ontario saw 1,723 new COVID-19 cases province-wide, along with 35 more deaths.
More to come.