Region sees dramatic drop in number of new and active cases, one new death – fr

Region sees dramatic drop in number of new and active cases, one new death – fr

LONDON, ONT. – The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) only reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a tie for the second lowest daily report since March, but a problem in the system may be the reason for the drop.

Monday’s report continues a downward trend over the weekend when 55 cases were reported on Saturday and 47 on Sunday.

The region also saw 26 cases reported on May 9, before that there had not been such a low daily report since March 22, when 20 cases were recorded.

However, the MLHU medical officer of health says the low number is not accurate.

“Unfortunately… the provincial program that tracks COVID cases and reports them from labs to local health departments was shut down at a quarter to six yesterday afternoon and we usually get a lot of cases that are being reported by them. evening laboratory systems. “

He says officials expect to see an increase in Monday’s total which will be reported on Tuesday.

The new death was a woman in her 60s not associated with a long-term care or retirement facility.

His death brings the death toll in the region to 213, but hospitalizations continue to decline with active cases.

As of Monday, there were a total of 11,624 cases with 10,739 resolved cases. There are now 672 active cases in the region.

There are 2,575 cases with a variant of concern, the majority being variant B.1.1.7. There are 300 more cases with a probable variant mutation.

Meanwhile, Mackie reported that a death over the weekend of a person over the age of 80 was someone who had received their first dose of the vaccine more than 14 days previously, but who had not been fully vaccinated.

“We know this is no surprise, the most important reminder in this case is that it is so important to maintain COVID prevention measures, other than vaccination … it is absolutely necessary to mask, remove and avoid unnecessary gatherings. “

This is the second such death in the region, where a person over 80 has died even after receiving their first dose of vaccine, but Mackie says the death rate among those over 80 and unvaccinated is “much, much higher”.

Starting Tuesday, all adults over 18 in Ontario can make an appointment for the vaccination.

The MLHU announced on Saturday that the region had crossed 200,000 doses administered over the weekend.

High-risk health workers can call 226-289-3560 to rebook their second dose of immunization before the initially scheduled four-month interval. A list of eligible people is available here.

The health unit will also work with local school boards when young people between the ages of 12 and 17 are eligible for vaccination, which is slated for late May.

The health unit is also keeping the Carling and Oakridge assessment centers open this holiday Monday, with Carling open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Oakridge open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 24. Only telephone reservations will be closed for the day, with online reservations still available.

At the London Health Sciences Center, there are 51 hospitalized patients with COVID-19, including 24 in intensive care. Out-of-region cases represent 10 patients in acute care and 19 in intensive care.

There are four active outbreaks in seniors’ facilities in the London area and one in a day care center.

Here are the latest issues available from other local public health authorities:

  • Elgin-Oxford – 36 new. 124 active, 3668 total, 3466 resolved, 78 deaths, 666 variants
  • Gray-Bruce – 23 since Friday, 44 active, 1,294 total, 1,244 resolved, six deaths, 325 variants
  • Haldimand-Norfolk – 33 since Firday, 143 active, 2553 total, 2364 resolved, 41 deaths
  • Huron-Perth – 33 since Friday, 87 active, 1,730 total, 1,588 resolved, 55 deaths, 214 variants
  • Sarnia-Lambton – 33 since Friday, 88 active, 3,410 total, 3,265 resolved, 57 deaths, 514 variants

Across Ontario, fewer than 2,200 cases were reported for the second day in a row.

Health officials recorded 2,170 infections on Monday, while the seven-day average for the number of reported cases is now 2,352.

A week ago, that number was 3,016.

With files from CTV Toronto.


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