London-Middlesex sees 2 new coronavirus cases, 3 in Elgin-Oxford

A woman wears a face mask as she walks along a street in Montreal, Saturday, July 11, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world.
A woman wears a face mask as she walks along a street in Montreal, Saturday, July 11, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Two new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in London-Middlesex on Sunday.

This broke the region’s two-day streak of reporting no new cases of COVID-19.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) also announced one new recovery Sunday.

There are now a total of 721 cases in the region which includes 632 recoveries and 57 deaths. The death count has remained unchanged since June 12.

At least 32 cases remain active in the region.

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Both new cases reported Sunday are from the city of London, where there are now 668 cases total.

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Elsewhere, 26 are in Strathroy-Caradoc, 12 in Middlesex Centre, seven in Thames Centre, six in North Centre, and one each in Lucan Biddulph and Southwest Middlesex.

One new case is in their 30s and another is in their 50s. One is male and one is female. Neither are health-care workers.

People in their 20s make up the largest population of positive cases in terms of age group, with 151 cases or 21 per cent.

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The second-largest age population is people in their 50s with 109 cases or 15 per cent. People in their 80s follow closely behind with 107 cases.

Health-care workers account for 22.1 per cent of the region’s cases with 159.

As of Sunday, the region’s cases per 100,000 rate stands at 142.1, while Ontario’s is 277.8.

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No COVID-19 patients are currently in hospital, according to health unit data. All cases listed as needing hospitalization during the pandemic have since been marked as resolved.

At least 114 people have had to be hospitalized due to the coronavirus, including 32 who have needed to be admitted to intensive care.

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No outbreaks are currently active, but at least 27 had been declared, with 21 at local seniors’ facilities.

Five cases this month have been linked to seniors’ homes, but none has resulted in an outbreak being declared.

Both of London’s COVID-19 assessment centres are keeping busy, each seeing at least 270 clients per day.

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Ontario reported 115 more cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday.

The government said 41,402 have contracted COVID-19 to date.

There were no new deaths reported since Saturday, leaving the total number of people who have died at 2,797.

In total, 37,595 people have recovered from the virus — an increase of 108 people since Saturday.

Public health units in Peel Region, Toronto, York Region and Windsor-Essex reported larger increases in cases compared to other regions in the province.

The Ontario government extended its emergency orders last week, saying it continues to need the tools to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said that while the number of virus cases continues to go down, the province will extend most orders until Sept. 22.

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Elgin and Oxford

Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the region by officials with Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) Sunday.

It brings the region’s total case count to 247.

Further details about the region’s case situation are limited as the health unit is in the midst of transitioning to a new reporting database.

It’s unclear how many cases are considered resolved.

On Wednesday, the health unit had reported at least 197 of the region’s cases as recovered, and five have died — a tally unchanged since early July.

At the time, at least 16 active cases were in Aylmer, seven each were in Bayham and St. Thomas, five were in Tillsonburg and two were in Woodstock.

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The region has reported 164 cases since the beginning of July, with 95 of those just this month. In comparison, March, April and May altogether saw 83 cases reported.

Aylmer has been hardest-hit by the recent spike and has reported a total of at least 74 cases overall since the beginning of the pandemic as of Wednesday — a case rate of about 987.7 per 100,000 people.

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St. Thomas, which has reported at least 36 cases, had a case rate of 92.5 per 100,000 people.

SWPH had received 20,649 tests as of Wednesday.

The region’s test-positivity rate was 1.2 per cent.

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Huron and Perth

Officials with Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) do not issue updates on the weekends.

As of Friday, the region’s total case count stood at 110. There were at least 26 known active cases.

Further details were unavailable as the health unit is continuing to move over to the province’s new case and contact management system.

In a release issued early last week, the health unit attributed a spike of cases to a workplace outbreak in Bluewater/South Huron, with many cases linked to clusters within the same households.

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“These cases are also connected to a larger spread of cases across southwestern Ontario,” the health unit said.

It’s not clear if the health unit was referring to the spike in cases seen in Low German-speaking communities in the region.

There were no active outbreaks in long-term care homes.

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Sarnia and Lambton

For the third day in a row, no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the region.

According to officials with Lambton Public Health (LPH), Sarnia and Lambton saw three additional recoveries late Saturday, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 304.

The total number of confirmed cases remains unchanged at 336, and the death count has stayed at 25 since early June.

There are at least seven known active cases in the county. It’s not known where the cases are located as health officials have refused to release that information.

Starting Monday, masks will be mandatory in enclosed public spaces in the Municipality of Lambton Shores, which includes Grand Bend, Ipperwash, and Port Franks.

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The municipal council there voted 7-2 last week to implement the bylaw, which mandates face coverings in any type of enclosed space where the public is permitted.

It’s one of three municipalities in Lambton County to enact its own mask bylaw. The others are Petrolia and Sarnia.

The region’s health unit has refrained from implementing a county-wide mask order and has instead left the matter up to each of Lambton’s 11 municipalities.

At least 21,704 tests have been received as of late Saturday.

At least 1.5 per cent of tests are coming back positive, a drop of 0.1 per cent from the previous day.

— With files from Global News

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