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COVID-19: MLHU reports 9 new cases, SWPH total case count drops by 4

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On Tuesday, the Middlesex-London Health Unit reported nine COVID-19 cases and eight recoveries.

In total, 12,550 cases have been confirmed in the region, with 12,285 of those listed as resolved, 39 active cases and 226 total deaths.

The number of cases involving a variant of concern has climbed by six to 3,473.

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The health unit says the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7), which was first identified in the U.K., has accounted for nearly all of them — 3,353 cases.

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The Gamma variant (P.1), which was first identified in Brazil, accounts for 95 cases. One case has also been confirmed to involve the Zeta, or P.2, variant — another lineage first identified in Brazil in October 2020.

Twenty cases have been confirmed to involve the B.1.617 variant, first identified in India. Nineteen are listed as being the Delta sub-lineage (B.1.617.2) and one the Kappa sub-lineage (B.1.617.1).

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Two cases have been confirmed to involve the Beta variant (B.1.351), first identified in South Africa.

A total of 11,358 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in London since the pandemic began, while 360 have been in Middlesex Centre.

Further information can be found on the health unit’s Summary of COVID-19 Cases in Middlesex-London page.

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Hospitalizations

At least nine COVID-19 patients are in the care of London Health Sciences Centre as of Tuesday, a decrease of one from Monday, with fewer than five people in the intensive care unit.

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No patients in acute care and fewer than five in the ICU are from outside of the region, the organization says. LHSC only provides specific numbers when there are more than five to protect the privacy of patients.

Fewer than five staff members at LHSC were positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.

Institutional outbreaks

LHSC is reporting that an outbreak at University Hospital, declared June 13, in 8TU Transplant Unit has resolved, though health unit data has yet to reflect that.

The outbreak was believed to be linked to the Gamma variant, though full sequencing is still in process, LHSC says.

The outbreak was linked to fewer than five patients and fewer than five staff cases.

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Vaccinations and testing

As of Monday, eligibility for shortened second-dose intervals is now available to everyone 12 and older, provided that appointments are booked at least 28 days after the first dose was administered.

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Information on second-dose re-booking eligibility and how to cancel appointments can be found on the health unit’s website.

Information on local pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines can be found on the province’s website.

One-day pop-up community clinics continue this week at select schools in the city and county. Locations, dates and times can be found on the Global News website.

As of June 26, the most recent data available, the MLHU reports 75.3 per cent of residents age 12 and older have received one dose, while 23.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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Meanwhile, those looking to get a COVID-19 test have several options.

The region’s main assessment centres, located at Carling Heights and Oakridge Arena, remain open and operating by appointment.

People can also be tested at MyHealth Testing Centre, at certain pharmacies and — if a student or staff member — at Fanshawe College and Western University.

The test positivity rate in the region stands at 1.2 per cent for the week of June 13, the most recent data available.

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Ontario

Ontario is reporting 299 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, however, officials said that due to a data review and cleanup, the numbers include 90 cases from 2020 that have been included in Toronto’s case count. The provincial case total now stands at 544,713.

According to Tuesday’s report, 130 cases were recorded in Toronto, 69 in Waterloo Region and 20 in Peel Region.

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All other local public health units reported fewer than 15 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,154 as 25 more deaths were recorded, 19 of which were from previous months and included as a result of the data cleanup.

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Elgin and Oxford

Southwestern Public Health’s case tally actually decreased by four on Tuesday, as five previous cases were reassigned to other jurisdictions and one new case was added.

The total case count for the region now stands at 3,878, down from 3,882 as of Monday.

Of those, 3,780 have resolved, an increase of five from Monday.

The total number of deaths remains unchanged at 83.

At least 15 cases are active, with five each in St. Thomas and Woodstock. Per-municipality case counts can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.

Three people are currently hospitalized, an increase of one from Monday. One person remains in the ICU, unchanged from the day before.

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The number of variant cases in the region increased by three to 810. The vast majority, at least 748, involve the Alpha variant.

There are no active outbreaks reported in the region.

All individuals age 12 and older are eligible to re-book their second appointment through the online booking portal or by phone at 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9, provided that second-dose appointments are booked at least 28 days after the first dose of an mRNA vaccine was administered.

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 Pfizer and Moderna shots.

The region’s test positivity rate increased to 1.5 per cent for the week of June 13, up from 0.9 per cent for the week of June 6.

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Huron and Perth

Huron Perth Public Health is reporting one additional case on Tuesday, bringing the regional total to 1,891.

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The number of recoveries is unchanged from Monday at 1,825 while the number of deaths is unchanged at 57. There are currently nine active cases.

Case counts by municipality can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.

One person was is currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

The total number of variant cases and cases that have screened positive for a mutation consistent with a variant climbed by six to 317.

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According to HPPH, 93,063 of its residents have received at least one dose of vaccine while 36,836 people are fully vaccinated, or 72.9 per cent and 28.8 per cent, respectively.

As of noon on Monday, June 28, anyone age 18 or older is now eligible to re-book their second appointment, provided that second-dose appointments are booked at least 28 days after the first dose of Moderna or Pfizer or eight weeks after a first dose of AstraZeneca.

There are no active outbreaks reported in the region.

The region’s test positivity rate fell to 1.0 per cent for the week of June 13, down from 1.2 per cent the week of June 6.

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Sarnia and Lambton

On Tuesday, Lambton Public Health reported one new COVID-19 case and three recoveries.

The region’s total case count stands at 3,600 with 38 active cases, 3,500 recoveries and 62 deaths.

According to Bluewater Health, two patients in their care are confirmed to have COVID-19 as of Tuesday, a decrease of one.

The region’s variant case tally climbed one from Monday to 642 on Tuesday.

An outbreak declared June 25 at Afton Park Place, a long-term care home, continues. It involves fewer than five cases among residents and fewer than five cases among staff or caregivers.

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Second-dose re-bookings are available in the region for any adults 18 or older who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days ago.

Residents can 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.

Some pharmacies are also continuing to offer Pfizer or Moderna shots.

Lambton Public Health says 72.5 per cent of adults have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 36.1 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated.

The region’s test positivity rate is 1.8 per cent for the week of June 13, the latest available data.

—With files from Global News’ Gabby Rodrigues, Kelly Wang and Matthew Trevithick.

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