As of Friday, the Middlesex-London health unit has been among the regions moving to a higher level of protection against COVID-19 after the province lowered the thresholds for its color-coded system.
Among the local regions changing from green “prevent” to yellow “protect”, we find:
• Middlesex-London Health Unit
• South West Public Health
• Huron Perth Public Health
• Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
• Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
The new level will come into effect on Monday at 12:01 a.m.
On Saturday, the Gray Bruce Health Unit announced that it is working with the Bluewater District School Board to address a COVID-19 case associated with Bruce Peninsula District School in the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula. Although this case is school-related, transmission did not take place in the school setting.
Three ongoing outbreaks are continuing, one at the Henley Place LTC residence and two in separate units at the University Hospital of London Health Sciences Center. There are none in schools.
Health officials reported 1,581 new infections on Saturday, an increase from the 1,396 cases reported a day earlier.
As of Saturday, 502 people in Ontario hospitals were being treated for COVID-19. This is an increase of 50 people over the past 24 hours.
When asked if switching to code yellow would be enough to curb transmission in the region, Deputy Medical Officer of Health Dr Alex Summers is frank.
“Certainly if we continue to see case counts as we have seen over the past week, we will discuss further escalation with the province,” says Dr. Summers.
“We are also seeing increased restrictions across the province. We are not an island, so these changes in other jurisdictions will be very helpful, ”says Dr. Summers. “We know that part of the lack of restrictions in other jurisdictions has likely led to the increase in our cases here.”
A full list of restrictions included in the yellow level can be found here.