Health officials concerned about rising rate of spread of COVID-19, as region sees 20 new cases


The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) on Sunday recorded 20 new cases of COVID-19, marking the largest one-day increase in the region since April, when the first wave of the pandemic reached its peak.But more than the number of cases, it is the general trend of rapid increases that worries local public health officials.

In recent weeks, the region has seen a steady increase in cases, with several days of double-digit increases.

“Trends suggest community transmission is increasing,” Dr. Alex Summers, MLHU deputy medical officer of health, told CBC News.

“We know the absolute number of cases is like what was happening in the spring, but most critical is that we are seeing the rate of increase in cases change rapidly. ”

Since last Sunday, the MLHU has reported 87 new infections. That’s just over half the number of cases reported in the region during the entire month of September and well above the 56 cases reported during the month of August.

“The transmission is increasing, the number of cases is increasing and they are increasing very, very quickly,” Summers said.

Health unit data shows eight of Sunday’s new cases are in people in their 20s, while five are in people under 19. Three other cases involve people in their 40s, while the others involve people in their 50s, 60s and 60s.

Even though the region saw a drop in the number of cases on Saturday, with just three cases from Friday’s peak of 19 cases, Summers said the increase in the average number of cases was concerning.

“At this point, we need to prepare for the possibility of new cases this coming week,” he explained.

“We know we’ve done so much as a community to limit transmission in the spring, and unfortunately we’re going to have to do similar things again. ”

Summers said that unless people start limiting their close contact to people in their households, the virus will spread to the most vulnerable sectors of the population.

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While Thanksgiving weekend is well underway, MLHU still urges people to limit their family gatherings to those in their immediate homes and to avoid going to hot spots inside and outside. outside the province, including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec.

“It’s been a really long year and we have so much to thank, but we have to do things differently,” Summers said.

“We have to postpone our Thanksgiving until next year, especially if it’s with the extended family. We need to keep things as small as possible this year and while it’s really difficult, it’s really important, especially now when you look at the number of cases reported. ”

Meanwhile, those who need to get tested for COVID-19 on Thanksgiving Monday will be able to do so.

The Carling Heights Assessment Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., while the Oakridge Arena will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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