This brings the total number of confirmed cases in London and Middlesex to 393 and the number of deaths to 36. Health officials have reported that 11 people have also recovered, bringing the total to 212, or approximately 59% of all cases.
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The health unit said that one of the cases and two of the deaths, a man in his sixties and a woman in his forties, were associated with long-term care homes, while one death, involving a man in the sixties, was associated with a retirement home. The health unit does not say in which establishments the deaths occurred.
A fourth death involving a man in the 1980s was not associated with long-term care or retirement homes, the health unit said.
MLHU figures show that eight of the new cases have been confirmed in London, where 364 cases have been reported, while one has been reported at the Middlesex Center, where there are seven cases.
Elsewhere, 15 cases have been reported from Strathroy-Caradoc, while four have been reported from Thames Center and three from North Middlesex.
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Homes for the aged now represent at least 109 of the region’s cases and 20 of its deaths.
Sixty-eight cases were reported in long-term care homes, involving 47 residents and 21 employees, while 41 cases were reported in retirement homes, involving 29 residents and 12 employees.
The number of outbreaks reported in London and Middlesex remained unchanged from Tuesday at 16.
Of this number, 10 remain active, including 7 in institutions for the elderly. They are among at least 11 outbreaks that have been reported in long-term care homes and local retirement homes since the start of the pandemic.
Provincially, at least 181 outbreaks have been reported in Ontario long-term care homes, according to Public Health Ontario.
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The latest local outbreak was reported on Saturday at the Elmwood Place long-term care home, where a resident tested positive.
Outbreaks also remain active at Earls Court Village, Grand Wood Park, Henley Place, Horizon Place, Kensington Village, Meadow Park Care Center, Sisters of St. Joseph and Victoria Hospital, which has seen cases in its oncology unit (C7 -400) and geriatric behavioral unit (C6-100).
At least 38 London Health Sciences staff on Wednesday tested positive for the new coronavirus, the organization said, unchanged from the previous day. Few other details were released, including the number of front-line medical workers, how many, if any, were hospitalized and how many recovered.
University and Victoria hospitals treated a total of 32 COVID-19 patients on Wednesday, a decrease of four from Tuesday, including 12 in intensive care.
Six local outbreaks were declared completed, the most recent Tuesday at the Hospice Saint-Joseph, where 13 staff members and five patients tested positive.
Outbreaks have also been reported in Chelsey Park, Mount Hope Center for Long-Term Care, Seasons Strathroy, Sprucedale Care Center and the inpatient cardiology unit at the University Hospital.
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Provincially, Ontario reported 347 new COVID-19 cases and 45 additional deaths on Wednesday, bringing the province’s workload to 15,728, a 2.3% increase from the previous day , which is the lowest growth rate in weeks.
Over 60% of the total cases, 9,612, are resolved cases and there have been a total of 996 deaths.
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The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased, although the number of people in intensive care and on respirators has decreased slightly.
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As part of the province’s reopening, the Chief Medical Officer of Health is looking for a steady two to four week drop in the number of new cases and a drop in hospitalizations before advising them to take the first step.
Ontario said it had 11,554 tests in the past 24 hours and said it would do 14,000 tests a day by Wednesday, a number that would be reflected in Thursday’s data.
Elgin and Oxford
Another person tested positive for the new coronavirus, while four recovered, officials from Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) reported on Wednesday.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Elgin and Oxford counties to 60 and the number of recoveries to 32, or about 53% of cases. The number of deaths remains unchanged at four.
SWPH said the region is seeing cases double every 10 days, with the percentage of positive cases dropping by around 3.5%.
No new outbreaks were reported on Wednesday, SWPH said. The region has seen two outbreaks declared since the start of the pandemic.
One such outbreak – at Caressant Care on Bonnie Place in St. Thomas, Ontario. – remains active. The epidemic was declared on April 21 after a healthcare worker tested positive. No additional cases have been reported there.
The other, at the Beattie Manor, was declared on March 27 and resolved on April 22.
Of the 24 active cases in the region, at least seven are in Elgin County, including four in St. Thomas, while 16 are in Oxford, including five in Woodstock. Details of a case were not available.
As of Wednesday, 2,355 COVID-19 tests were administered at Elgin and Oxford, an increase of 122 from Tuesday, with 631 results expected, a decrease of 37 from the previous day.
Huron and Perth
One person tested positive for the new coronavirus and two others recovered, officials from Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) reported on Wednesday.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Huron and Perth counties to 45 and the number of recoveries to 33, or approximately 73% of all cases. The number of deaths remains unchanged at four.
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The new case involves a staff member from Huronview Home for the Aged, a long-term care home run by Huron County south of Clinton, where an epidemic has now been declared, the health unit said.
In a statement released Tuesday, county officials said the facility was working with the health unit to identify who the staff member contacted before their symptoms started. It is not known when the staff member started showing symptoms or when he stopped working at home.
“Rigorous COVID-19 testing will begin this evening for all Huronview staff and residents,” said the statement on Tuesday. “Using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), Huron County health care providers are brought in to assist with the swab.”
This is the fourth reported outbreak in a senior’s facility in Huron and Perth since the start of the pandemic and the second this week.
On Monday, an outbreak was reported at Blue Water Rest Home, a long-term care facility in Zurich, Ontario, where a resident tested positive.
The hardest hit facility in the region is Greenwood Court in Stratford, where six residents and nine staff tested positive and three died.
The home represents 15 of the 24 confirmed cases in Stratford. Of the city’s cases, 17 have recovered, but it is not known how many relate to Greenwood Court. One of the two recovered cases reported on Wednesday was in Stratford, while the other was in Perth County.
The only resolved epidemic in the region occurred at the Hillside Manor in Sebringville, Ontario, where a resident tested positive. The epidemic was declared over on April 14.
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Eleven cases have been confirmed in Huron County, including three in South Huron and Bluewater, two in Central Huron and one in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, Goderich and Huron East.
Eight of the Huron cases have been marked as recovered, but authorities have not indicated where the cases were located in the county.
In Perth, eight cases were confirmed, including two in Perth East, North Perth, Perth South and West Perth. Since then, seven cases have been reported to have been recovered.
Two cases, including one death, have been reported from St. Marys. The other case has since recovered.
As of Wednesday, 1,483 COVID-19 tests had been administered in Huron and Perth counties, an increase of 80 from the previous day, and 325 results expected.
Sarnia and Lambton
Three other people tested positive for the new coronavirus and three people have recovered, officials of Lambton Public Health (LPH) reported on Tuesday.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 181 and the number of recoveries to 87, or about 48% of the cases. The number of deaths remains unchanged at 14.
Details on the location of the new cases were not immediately available. LPH figures show that 76% of cases have been confirmed in urban areas, including Sarnia, Bright’s Grove and Point Edward, while 24% have been confirmed elsewhere in Lambton.
None of the new cases were related to the three active outbreaks in institutions for the aged in Sarnia.
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The Landmark Village retirement home was the hardest hit, with 30 residents and 10 staff having tested positive since the start of the epidemic in late March. Six residents also died. It is not known how many cases of the outbreak remain active.
Two other outbreaks remain active at Sumac Lodge, where a staff member tested positive on Monday, and at Vision Nursing Home, where three residents and two staff members tested positive at the end of last week.
According to LPH figures, 18% of the cases confirmed since the start of the pandemic concerned residents in long-term care, while 14% concerned health workers.
Among those who tested positive were 14 staff at Sarnia Bluewater Hospital.
Officials said they had determined that four of the cases had been acquired through work and had traced them back to the patients the staff members had treated. The remaining 11 were acquired by the community, a hospital spokesman said on Monday.
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None of the workers infected with the work was a member of COVID-19 or of the intensive care or emergency units, said the spokesman.
The hospital announced on Wednesday that it was treating 11 COVID-19 patients, one less than Tuesday, in addition to 13 suspects who were positive or awaiting testing, up from 17 the day before.
As of Wednesday, 1,968 COVID-19 tests had been administered in Lambton County, an increase of 73 from Tuesday. The number of cases awaiting results was not available.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:
Health authorities warn against all international travel. Returning travelers are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning on March 26, in case they develop symptoms and prevent the spread of the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to provide self-isolation for people returning to the region.
Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping two meters away from others if you go out.
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