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COVID-19: Middlesex-London Health Unit reports another 33 cases

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For the second day in a row, the Middlesex-London Health Unit reported 33 COVID-19 cases.

However, the total case count increased by 35 to 13,732 with 186 active cases (a decrease of eight), 13,309 recoveries (an increase of 43) and 237 deaths.

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The most recent death was reported Sept. 14 and involved a man in his 60s who was not vaccinated and the death was not associated with a long-term care or retirement home.

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The number of cases involving a variant of concern climbed by one, a Delta case, to 4,124.

The breakdown of known variant cases is as follows:

  • 3,384 cases of the Alpha variant
  • 610 cases of the Delta variant
  • 124 cases of the Gamma variant
  • two cases of the Beta variant
  • one case of the Kappa variant
  • one case of the Zeta variant

There are also two cases listed using the old code numbers, one described as B.1.617 and another listed as B.1.617.3.

Further information can be found on the health unit’s summary of COVID-19 cases in Middlesex-London.

Hospitalizations

London Health Sciences Centre says it is caring for seven inpatients with COVID-19. Five or fewer patients are in adult intensive care.

Five or fewer inpatients with COVID-19 are in Children’s Hospital, with none in pediatric critical care.

Five or fewer staff are currently positive with COVID-19, the organization reported.

St. Joseph’s Health Care London (SJHCL) is reporting one non-outbreak case involving a health-care worker.

Outbreaks

There are currently no active institutional outbreaks reported by the MLHU.

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Schools and child care

The MLHU is reporting cases at the following schools in its jurisdiction:

  • École élémentaire La Pommeraie, three cases
  • École secondaire catholique Monseigneur-Bruyère, three cases
  • École secondaire Gabriel-Dumont, two cases
  • Hillcrest Public School, one case
  • Kensal Park Public School, two cases
  • Lambeth Public School, one case
  • Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School, one case
  • Stoney Creek Public School, one case

The health unit is also reporting one case at a child-care setting or early years centre, at l’Escale la Pommeraie.

Vaccinations and testing

As of end of day Sept. 11, the MLHU says 78.4 per cent of residents aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 84.7 per cent have had at least one dose.

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When looking specifically at the city of London, the number drops to 78.1 per cent fully vaccinated and 84.6 per cent with at least one dose.

For Middlesex County, 79.8 per cent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated and 85.2 per cent have had at least one dose.

MLHU data says, in the last six weeks, two deaths involved unvaccinated individuals and one involved a fully vaccinated individual. However, six deaths have been recorded in that time.

The health unit is working to correct an issue where the script written to update the dashboard ignores deaths that occurred in the last six weeks if they involved individuals who developed symptoms more than six weeks ago.

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According to the available data, only one hospitalization, or 3.13 per cent of hospitalizations, involved an individual who was fully vaccinated.

As for reported cases in general, 16.82 per cent (or 145 of 862 cases) involved people who were fully vaccinated and 14.04 per cent (or 121 cases) were among those who were partially vaccinated.

On the health unit’s website, residents can find information on pop-up clinics, mass vaccination clinics and pharmacies; guidance for anyone vaccinated outside of the province or country; transportation support for those in need; and more.

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Anyone looking to be tested for COVID-19 can find information about locations of testing sites on the health unit’s website.

The COVID-19 test positivity rate in the region was 2.2 per cent for the week of Sept. 5, down from 2.9 per cent for the week of Aug. 29.

Ontario

On Thursday, Ontario reported 864 new COVID-19 cases:

  • 533 among unvaccinated people
  • 56 partially vaccinated
  • 209 fully vaccinated
  • 66 with unknown vaccination status

According to Thursday’s report, 162 cases were recorded in Toronto, 122 in Peel Region, 78 in York Region, 64 in Ottawa, 53 in Hamilton and 50 in Windsor-Essex. All other health units reported fewer than 50 cases.

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Three deaths were recorded. Ontario is reporting 348 people in general hospital wards with COVID-19.

Among those eligible, 78.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Elgin and Oxford

On Thursday, Southwestern Public Health reported:

  • 4,190 total cases (an increase of 16)
  • 72 active cases (an increase of 12)
  • 4,033 recoveries (an increase of four)
  • 85 deaths
  • 1,099 variant of concern cases, with 769 Alpha, 257 Delta (an increase of 18) and 55 Beta or Gamma

The most recent death was reported Aug. 31 and involved a woman in her 80s from Oxford County.

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Of the 72 active cases, 21 are in Woodstock, 12 in St. Thomas and eight each in Aylmer and South-West Oxford. Per-municipality case counts for the pandemic can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.

Four people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with one in the ICU.

The health unit is not reporting any active institutional outbreaks.

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The Thames Valley District School Board reports cases at its schools online. Cases at schools within the London District Catholic School Board can also be found online.

The region’s test positivity rate was 2.3 per cent for the week of Sept. 5, up from an adjusted 1.9 per cent for the week of Aug. 29.

As of Sept. 14, SWPH says 78.0 per cent of residents aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated while 84.0 per cent have had at least one dose.

SWPH adds that if anyone needs a copy of their vaccination receipt, they can download it online using their postal code and Ontario health card or call 1-833-943-3900.

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Information on where to get vaccinated, vaccine eligibility and booking and cancelling appointments can be found on the health unit’s website.

People can add their names on a weekly basis to the health unit’s same-day vaccination list, also known as the Cancellation List. Select pharmacies in the region are also continuing to offer COVID-19 vaccine shots.

Huron and Perth

Global News is awaiting Thursday’s COVID-19 data from Huron Perth Public Health.

On Wednesday, Huron Perth Public Health reported:

  • 2,102 total cases (an increase of 10)
  • 35 active cases (a decrease of seven)
  • 2,002 recoveries (an increase of two)
  • 65 deaths (an increase of one)
  • 424 variant of concern cases

Of the 35 active cases, 11 are in Stratford and four each are in South Huron, North Perth and Perth East.

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

One person is listed as hospitalized as of Wednesday, a decrease of two from Tuesday.

There are now no active cases involving a health-care worker, down from one case Monday.

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An outbreak declared Aug. 20 involving Knollcrest Lodge in Perth East remains active and involves a total of 13 cases, with seven among residents and six among staff as of Wednesday. At least four deaths are associated with the outbreak.

The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board lists cases at its schools on its website. The Avon-Maitland District School Board also lists cases at its schools on its website (under #3. Active Cases of COVID-19 in AMDSB Schools).

The region’s test positivity rate was 2.5 per cent for the week of Sept. 5, up from 2.2 per cent for the week of Aug. 29.

HPPH’s vaccine dashboard showed that as of Sept. 13, 75.7 per cent of residents 12 and older were fully vaccinated while 81.8 per cent have had at least one dose.

Information on how and where to get a vaccine can be found on the health unit’s website.

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

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Sarnia and Lambton

On Thursday, Lambton Public Health reported:

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  • 3,740 cases (an increase of 11)
  • 35 active (a decrease of six)
  • 3,636 recoveries (an increase of five)
  • 69 deaths
  • 545 variant of concern cases

There are no active outbreaks reported by LPH.

Bluewater Health says it currently has two patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Cases at schools within the Lambton Kent District School Board can be found online, as can cases at schools within the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.

The most recent test positivity rate was 2.4 per cent for the week of Sept. 5, up from 0.81 per cent for the week of Aug. 29.

Of those aged 12 and older, 74.1 per cent are fully vaccinated and 79.7 per cent have at least one dose.

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Lambton Public Health is also working with Lambton County Library in an effort to make it easier to obtain vaccine receipts by assisting residents having trouble downloading or printing the receipts.

Those who are able to get vaccinated on short notice are encouraged to sign up for Lambton Public Health’s daily Vaccine Standby List.

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Residents can book and re-book COVID-19 vaccine appointments using the health unit’s registration page. People can also call the vaccine call centre at 226-254-8222.

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

—with files from Global News’ Gabby Rodrigues

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