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The London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is reporting 161 inpatients on Wednesday, down five from the previous day.

The number of patients in intensive care units remained unchanged at 24. About 54 per cent of those in hospital are being treated for COVID-19, while 46 per cent tested positive upon being admitted for other reasons.

Of the total, the hospital network says:

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

There are currently eight active COVID-19 outbreaks at LHSC. For a full list of units impacted at Victoria Hospital and University Hospital, visit their outbreak reporting page.

Cases among high-risk on the decline

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is reporting no additional COVID-related death on Wednesday.

Four deaths were reported Tuesday, including four men in their 70s, 80s, and 90s, and one woman in her 70s. All of the deceased were fully vaccinated with at least two doses.

There have now been 15 COVID-related deaths in Middlesex-London this month, and 274 fatalities since the pandemic began.

The MLHU reported 230 new cases of COVID-19, though the actual number of new cases is estimated to be much higher as the health unit is only tracking testing for people in high-risk jobs or settings. The seven-day rolling average for daily cases continues a downward trend to 259.

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COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Southwestern Public Health is reporting 48 patients with COVID-19 in hospitals in Elgin-Oxford, an increase of 21 since the previous day. There are eight patients in critical care.

The health unit posted 86 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, and no additional deaths. There are 880 known ongoing cases in Elgin-Oxford.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 4,132 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Wednesday, including 589 patients in intensive care units. According to Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, about 50 per cent of those in hospital are unvaccinated but account for just 10 per cent of the total population.

There were 60 additional COVID-releated deaths reported by the province. Moore said he believes many of the deaths are linked to the Delta variant.

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