The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported three new COVID-19 cases and eight recoveries on Monday.
The region’s pandemic case total stands at 12,505, of which 12,212 have resolved.
At least 223 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported so far, most recently last Tuesday.
At least 70 cases are currently active in the region, the health unit says.
The number of variant cases in the region stands at 3,425, up by one from the day before.
The health unit says the Alpha variant, which was first identified in the U.K., has accounted for nearly all of them — 3,333.
Eighty-five cases have been confirmed to involve the Gamma variant, first identified in Brazil. One case has also been confirmed to involve the Zeta or P.2 variant — whose lineage was identified in Brazil in October 2020.
Four cases have been confirmed to involve the Delta variant, first identified in India. Two are listed as being the Delta sub-lineage and one the Kappa sub-lineage.
Meanwhile, two cases have been confirmed to involve the Beta variant, first identified in South Africa.
A total of 11,319 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in London since the pandemic began, while 360 have been in Middlesex Centre.
Elsewhere, 336 cases have been in Strathroy-Caradoc, 157 in Thames Centre, 72 in Lucan Biddulph, 58 in Southwest Middlesex, 55 in North Middlesex, 15 in Adelaide Metcalfe and six in Newbury, while 127 cases have pending location information.
At least 15 COVID-19 patients are listed as being in the care of London Health Sciences Centre as of Monday with at least nine in the ICU.
Of those, LHSC says fewer than five patients in acute care and fewer than five in the ICU are from outside of the region. The LHSC only provides specific numbers when they are above five in an effort to protect the privacy of patients.
Eight staff at LHSC were positive for COVID-19 as of Monday, up by one from seven on Friday.
The organization continues to deal with an outbreak at University Hospital, declared June 13, in 8TU – Transplant Unit that has been linked to an undetermined variant.
The outbreak is linked to fewer than five patients and fewer than five staff cases.
At St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the organization reported no COVID-19 patients in its care at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
There is one non-outbreak case involving a healthcare worker within the organization, as of Monday.
No new outbreaks have been reported.
Just one is active in the region — the 8TU Transplant Unit outbreak at University Hospital mentioned above in the hospitalizations section.
No new school-related cases have been reported and none are currently active, according to the health unit and local school boards.
No school-related outbreaks are active either, the health unit says.
Students have been in remote learning since April.
The health unit says school-based one-day pop-up vaccine clinics begin this week.
Vaccinations and testing
This week, three COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics in the London and Middlesex region will only be administering the Moderna vaccine.
The MLHU says this is due to the challenges associated with a delay in the delivery of the Pfizer vaccine.
The vaccination clinics at the Western Fair Agriplex and North London Optimist Community Centre in London as well as the Caradoc Community Centre in Mount Brydges will only administer Moderna to adults for first or second doses.
A limited supply of Pfizer will be available at each clinic for youth aged 12 to 17 years old.
“Regardless of which vaccine you received for your first dose, Moderna is an excellent vaccine for your second dose,” Mackie said in a release on Sunday.
“Pfizer and Moderna are essentially different brands of the same vaccine, and you will have the same protection against COVID-19 regardless of what you get for your first or second dose.”
Currently, people aged 70 and older are eligible to re-book their second dose appointments for an earlier time, along with people who received their first dose on or before May 9. Certain individuals are also eligible to re-book regardless of their age or date of the first dose.
Details on how to re-book a second dose as well as details on how to book a first dose can be found on the health unit’s website or by calling 226-289-3560.
A number of local pharmacies are also offering first doses of Pfizer and Moderna. Some are also offering AstraZeneca as well but for second doses only. Bookings must be made through the pharmacies themselves.
As previously mentioned, starting this week, one day, pop-up community clinics will be held at select schools in the city and county. More information can be found on globalnews.ca.
On Monday, the Thames Valley Family Health Team announced that the assessment centres will open as usual on Canada Day, however telephone booking will be unavailable on July 1. Online booking will not be impacted.
Ontario reported 270 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the smallest single-day increase since mid-September. The provincial case total now stands at 542,468.
Monday’s case count is the seventh straight day cases are below 400. On Sunday, there were 318 new cases with 355 on Saturday and 345 on Friday.
According to Monday’s report, 47 cases were recorded in Toronto, 44 in Waterloo Region, 42 in Peel Region, and 22 in York Region.
All other local public health units reported fewer than 20 new cases in the provincial report.
The death toll in the province has risen to 9,022 as three more deaths were recorded.
Elgin and Oxford
Southwestern Public Health reported 11 new cases and nine recoveries on Monday, the first data update since Friday.
As of Monday, the region’s pandemic case total stands at 3,861, of which 3,748 have resolved.
Eighty-three virus-related deaths have been reported so far, most recently last Tuesday.
At least 30 cases are active, including nine each in St. Thomas and in Woodstock. One person from Elgin-Oxford is hospitalized with COVID-19, but is not in the ICU.
The number of variant cases in the region now stands at 785, up by three from Friday, according to data from the health unit.
Of the variant cases, 736 involve the Alpha variant (previously B.1.1.7), while 48 involve either the Beta (B.1.351) or Gamma (P.1) variant, and one the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant.
Earlier second dose re-bookings continue for people 70 and older and people of any eligible age whose first shot was on or before May 9.
Those eligible can re-book their second appointment through the online booking portal or by phone at 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9.
Other certain individuals are also able to book earlier second doses regardless of age or date of first shot. They are asked to call 226-289-3560.
Eligible residents are asked to visit the area’s vaccine booking website to make a first-dose appointment. The health unit is also still encouraging people to add their names to a same-day vaccination list.
Several pharmacies in the region are also continuing to offer first Pfizer and Moderna shots. Bookings must be made directly with the pharmacies.
Per-municipality case counts can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.
Huron and Perth
Huron Perth Public Health reported three additional cases and seven recoveries Monday morning as compared to Friday, when data was last updated.
The region’s pandemic case total now sits at 1,876, of which 1,805 have resolved.
Fifty-seven virus-related deaths have been reported, most recently on May 20, and 14 cases are active. Three people are in hospital.
The number of variant cases and cases that have screened positive for a mutation consistent with a variant remains at 302, unchanged from Friday. Two are active.
Anyone who received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 9 can re-book their second appointment at an earlier date, as can other certain individuals.
More information can be found on the health unit website.
For first doses, people aged 12 and older are eligible, with youth able to get the Pfizer shot. More information can be found on the health unit’s website.
More than 91,441 Huron-Perth residents have gotten at least one dose as of June 21.
The health unit says one outbreak remains active in the region, located at Knollcrest Lodge in Perth East involving three staff members.
Case counts by municipality can be found on the health unit dashboard.
Sarnia and Lambton
Lambton Public Health reported six new COVID-19 cases and no new recoveries on Monday.
The region’s pandemic case total stands at 3,564, of which 3,475 have resolved. At least 62 virus-related deaths have been reported.
The health unit says 27 cases are active in the region. Six COVID-19 patients are listed in the care of Bluewater Health on Monday.
Lambton Public Health says the region’s variant case tally stands at 625, up by four from Friday.
There has been no change when it comes to outbreaks. One remains active at Bkejwanong Children’s Centre involving three cases.
All residents in Lambton 60 and older are now eligible to re-book their second dose at an earlier interval, the health unit says. Residents of any eligible age whose first dose was on or before May 21 are also now able to re-book their second dose.
Residents are asked to re-book using the health unit’s registration page. People can also call the vaccine call centre at 226-254-8222, however call volume is expected to be very high.
The health unit says an increased supply of Moderna is allowing it to hold two extra Moderna clinics next week at the Wyoming Fairgrounds on June 21 and Clearwater Arena on June 23 for those 18-plus looking for a first or second dose.
First doses are ongoing for all residents aged 12 and older, with youth able to get the Pfizer shot. Eligible residents can book appointments through the health unit website. Some pharmacies are also continuing to offer Pfizer or Moderna shots.
According to the last available data from Friday, more than 102,847 doses of vaccine have been administered to Lambton residents, meaning about 71 per cent of adults and 17 per cent of youth have gotten at least one dose.
— with files from Global News’ Gabby Rodrigues, Matthew Trevithick and Kelly Wang.View link »