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COVID-19: MLHU reports 14 cases and 1 death, LPH adds 7 cases to its tally

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The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 14 COVID-19 new cases Saturday, as well as a new coronavirus-related death.

The health unit is reporting a total of 14,718 cases, including 129 active cases (an increase of two), 14,339 recoveries (an increase of 13) and 250 deaths (an increase of one).

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The latest death was a man in his 90s not associated with a long-term care home.

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Information on local variant of concern data can be found by visiting the health unit’s summary of COVID-19 cases in Middlesex-London page and clicking on the “Case Status” tab.

Hospitalizations

On Friday, London Health Sciences Centre was caring for 19 in-patients with COVID-19. Eight are in adult critical care or the intensive care unit.

As of Monday, LHSC had accepted fewer than five critical care patient transfers from St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. It’s unclear how many of the current inpatients are transfers.

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There were five or fewer in-patients with COVID-19 in LHSC’s Children’s Hospital with five or fewer in paediatric critical care.

Five or fewer staff have currently tested positive for COVID-19.

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Outbreaks

The MLHU is reporting an institutional outbreak at Richmond Woods retirement home. The facility-wide outbreak was declared Nov. 9.

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Outbreaks are also active at the following schools:

  • Mary Wright School, declared Nov. 17
  • Notre Dame Catholic School, declared Nov. 10
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, declared Nov. 13

Schools

The following schools have active cases associated with them, according to the MLHU:

  • C. C. Carrothers Public School (one case)
  • École élémentaire catholique Frère André (one case)
  • J. S. Buchanan French Immersion Public School (one case)
  • Kensal Park French Immersion Public School (two cases)
  • Mary Wright Public School (five cases)
  • Notre Dame Catholic School (two cases)
  • Oakridge Secondary School (one case)
  • Regina Mundi College (one case)
  • Rick Hansen Public School (one case)
  • St. Mark Catholic School (one case)
  • Stoney Creek Public School (one case)
  • Westminster Secondary School (one case)
  • White Oaks Public School (one case)

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The following child-care and early years centres have active cases associated with them, says the MLHU:

  • Faith Day Nursery (one case)
  • Sir John A. Macdonald YMCA Childcare (one case)

The health unit says at least 243 cases have been reported since the start of the school year involving elementary and secondary schools, as well as child-care and early years centres.

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Vaccinations and testing

The Middlesex-London region is inching closer to having 90 per cent of the eligible population with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

As of end of day Nov. 13, 89.7 per cent of residents aged 12 and older have had at least one dose while 86.7 per cent are fully vaccinated, up from 89.5 per cent and 86.2 per cent respectively a week prior.

Since Oct. 9, unvaccinated individuals have accounted for 52.4 per cent of all cases (242 of 464) and 62.5 per cent of all hospitalizations (six of 11).

Of the eight COVID-19-related deaths reported in the last six weeks, five involved individuals who were unvaccinated, one involved someone partially vaccinated and two involved people who were fully vaccinated.

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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.

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

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The latest COVID-19 test positivity rate in the region was 1.2 per cent for the week of Nov. 7, up from 1.0 per cent for the week of Oct. 31.

Ontario

Ontario reported 728 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total case count in the province to 610,950.

It was the third day in a row where cases were reported above 700. However, new infections actually dropped from Friday’s count of 793 newly reported cases.

The seven-day average has climbed to 635 compared to last Saturday where the average was 559.

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Five more deaths were recorded on Saturday, bringing the provincial death toll to 9,964.

In Ontario, more than 11.1 million people among the eligible population (85.88 per cent) aged 12 and higher are fully vaccinated. At least 88.93 per cent of the eligible population have received at least one dose. More than 22.7 million doses have been administered since the rollout of vaccines began last year.

Elgin and Oxford

Southwestern Public Health does not update case information on the weekend.

On Friday, SWPH reported:

  • 5,094 total cases
  • 157 active cases
  • 4,842 resolved cases
  • 95 deaths to date

Further details can be found on SWPH’s COVID-19 dashboard.

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The most recent death was reported Nov. 9 and involved a woman in her 50s from Elgin County. It was the fourth death reported in a two-week span.

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Of the 157 active cases in the region, 95 were in Elgin County (including 38 in Aylmer, 27 in St. Thomas and 24 in Bayham) and 62 were in Oxford County (including 32 in Woodstock and 23 in Tillsonburg).

SWPH does not disclose the vaccination status of individuals but told Global News on Nov. 9 that roughly 78 per cent of active cases at the time involved individuals who were not fully vaccinated.

Sixteen people were hospitalized with COVID-19 with seven in the ICU as of Friday.

SWPH is reporting an outbreak at Aylmer Retirement Residence involving seven resident cases and one staff case.

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St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital said on Nov. 12 it was at capacity for critical care and overcapacity on a whole due to rising COVID-19 cases. SWPH announced Nov. 16 that it anticipated announcing new health measures within a week.

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Information on school cases can be found on the websites of the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board.

The region’s test positivity rate was 5.8 per cent for the week of Nov. 7, up from 5.1 per cent for the week of Oct. 31.

As of Nov. 16, 84.3 per cent of those aged 12 and older in the region were fully vaccinated while 87.1 per cent have had at least one dose.

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

Huron and Perth

Huron Perth Public Health does not update case information on the weekend.

On Friday, HPPH reported:

  • 2,479 total cases
  • 45 active cases
  • 2,365 recoveries
  • 69 deaths to date

The most recent death was reported on Nov. 16. HPPH also reported a death on Nov. 15.

Among the 45 active cases, eight each were reported in Perth East and in Stratford. Full case counts by municipality can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.

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There were two people hospitalized with COVID-19 and zero active cases involving health-care workers, as of Friday.

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HPPH reported one outbreak involving an unidentified workplace, though there were no long-term care home, retirement home or hospital outbreaks as of Friday.

An outbreak at Milverton Public School in Perth East declared Oct. 27 and involving one staff case and 16 student cases has resolved.

Data on school cases can be found on the websites of the Avon-Maitland District School Board and the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board.

The region’s test positivity rate was 3.2 per cent for the week of Nov. 12, up from 2.7 per cent for the week of Oct. 31.

HPPH’s vaccine dashboard showed that as of Nov. 14, 82.7 per cent of those aged 12 and older were fully vaccinated while 85.4 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.


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Sarnia and Lambton

On Saturday, Lambton Public Health reported:

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  • 4,308 total cases (an increase of seven)
  • 40 active cases (an increase of one)
  • 4,194 resolved cases (an increase of six)
  • 74 deaths (unchanged)

LPH’s last reported death was Nov. 17, involving someone in their 80s who passed away in hospital. No further information was provided.

LPH does not update detailed information over the weekend.

Six COVID-19 patients were in the care of Bluewater Health as of Friday.

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LPH is reporting four active outbreaks:

  • Brigden Public School, declared Nov. 4 and involving eight cases
  • Bluewater Health hospital, declared Nov. 18 and involving fewer than five patient cases and fewer than five staff cases
  • a workplace outbreak declared Oct. 31, involving four cases
  • a workplace outbreak declared Nov. 9, involving three cases

A previous outbreak involving Bluewater Health, declared Nov. 5, and involving fewer than five patient cases and fewer than five staff cases was listed as over on Nov. 18.

All active 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.

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The test positivity rate for the week of Nov. 7 was 2.2 per cent, down from 3.8 per cent the week prior.

Among area residents aged 12 and older, 81.3 per cent are fully vaccinated and 84.1 per cent have had at least one dose.

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

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

—With files from Global News’ Kabi Moulitharan and Jacquelyn LeBel

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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