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London and Middlesex County have hovered around 10 cases per 100,000 for several weeks, Mackie said, adding he would speak with the province’s medical officer of health about new concerns.
“We’re not sure at this point where exactly this community will go by the weekend, but we’ll definitely make that public as soon as possible,” Mackie said.
The Brant, Hamilton and Halton regions are expected to land in the Yellow-Protect category, a decision to be made by the province on Friday and take effect on Saturday.
COVID-19 hotspots Toronto, Peel and Ottawa will be ranked third of five categories, orange limit. Only the red check and lockout categories are more stringent.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the region’s total to 1,171 so far. Of these, 1,052 have recovered and 52 are active cases.
Daily increases in cases in the region have been relatively stable since peaking over Thanksgiving weekend. On October 12, the health unit reported 25 new cases, its biggest jump in a day since the start of the pandemic.
While the start of the second wave in September was driven by an increase in the number of cases among teens and young adults under the age of 30, Mackie said older groups accounted for more new cases.
“It’s a trend we’ve seen around the world. . . the second wave passes through the younger age groups and young adults quite quickly, and then, when it reaches a tipping point, it begins to spread to the older population and to those who are more vulnerable to poor outcomes ”, Mackie said.