What’s the latest for the London area?
The Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) posted 25 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, along with the death of a woman in her 80s. There have now been 184 deaths since the pandemic began.
The seven-day average case count for Middlesex-London is now up to 13.
No additional data is available for the region as Salesforce, the case and contact management system used by the health unit, is experiencing a province-wide outage. The system is expected to be back up and running Thursday when the local data will be updated.
Vaccine appointments booked up for second day
The MLHU opened their online portal and phone lines Wednesday morning to book vaccine appointments for Indigenous people over 55 and others over 80 for March 17. The appointments were filled in short order and the system was closed within two hours.
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Some 5,000 appointments were booked when the system launched on Monday, receiving about 200,000 calls and nearly 30,000 online visits.
To book an appointment Thursday, call 226-289-3560 or visit covidvaccinelm.ca.
Outbreak declared at Western University
There is an outbreak at a Western University residence. The university says there are seven confirmed cases among students living in Essex Hall.
The students have all tested positive for the virus since Saturday and live on two different floors of the building, according to health officials.
London’s medical officer of health, Dr. Chris Mackie, says there is no evidence to suggest the students attended a social gathering.
Meanwhile, there are no outbreaks at London Health Sciences Centre. There are fewer than five inpatients with COVID-19, including fewer than five in critical care, and fewer than five staff who have tested positive for the virus, according to the health network.
COVID-19 across the region and beyond
There were 10 new cases reported by Southwestern Public Health for the Elgin-Oxford area. There are currently 84 active cases in the region, including 56 in Aylmer, 10 in Woodstock and seven in St. Thomas.
Huron Perth Public Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, although two previously reported cases were reassigned to another public health unit. There are 16 active cases in the region, including five in Stratford.
Meanwhile, there were 958 additional cases reported across Ontario, including 249 in Toronto, 164 in Peel Region and 92 in York Region.
There were 17 additional deaths logged, pushing to province’s official toll to 7,014 since the pandemic began.