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The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is reporting five additional deaths of people with COVID-19 since Friday.

Four deaths were reported on Saturday, along with the death of a man in his 70s on Monday. According to data from the MLHU, all of the deceased were vaccinated with at least two doses.

There have now been 28 COVID-related deaths in Middlesex-London in January. Those who were fully vaccinated accounted for 23 deaths, including at least seven people with booster doses. Five of the deceased were not vaccinated. The death toll since the pandemic began is now up to 287.

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The MLHU reported 140 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, though testing is only being recorded for people in high-risk jobs or settings. The seven-day rolling average for daily cases is down to 211 from a high of 504 three weeks ago.

Hospitalizations on a downward trend

The London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is reporting 143 inpatients on Monday, down by 10 from Friday.

Of the total, the hospital network says:

  • 90 patients are being treated for COVID-19.
  • 53 patients tested positive for the virus upon being admitted for other treatment.

There are 23 patients who require critical care, up by one from Friday.

Six COVID-19 outbreaks continue within the hospital network, including five at University Hospital and one at Victoria Hospital. Staff infections fell nearly 28 per cent since Friday, with 214 members isolating.

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COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Hospitalizations in Elgin-Oxford stood at 51, down one from Friday. Southwestern Public Health says there are 10 patients with COVID-19 in critical care.

The health unit posted 249 new COVID-19 infections since Friday, and two additional deaths. There are 860 known ongoing cases in Elgin-Oxford.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 615 patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units on Monday, including 372 who require a ventilator to breathe.

There have now been over 1,000,000 documented cases of COVID-19 in Ontario since the pandemic began, with more than 92 per cent of cases considered resolved.

The province also reported 37 more COVID-related deaths on Monday.

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