September 17, 2021 6:33 p.m.
The daily number of COVID-19 cases in the London area declined slightly on Friday, with the local health unit reporting more than 20 infections.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) on Friday confirmed a total of 26 new cases of COVID-19, a marginal drop from Thursday and the total of 33 cases recorded on Wednesday. The London area started the week with weak numbers after a slight jump last week, but the region remained in double digits.
The total number of cases in London now stands at 13,759. As of Friday, 16 recoveries were reported. However, the number of known active cases in the region rose to 197, up 11 from the previous day. A total of 13,325 cases have been resolved.
The number of cases involving variants of concern in the region increased by 17 to 4,141. All variant cases are linked to the Delta variant for a total of 627 locally. The number of Alpha Variant, Gamma Variant, and Beta Variant cases remains unchanged from Thursday.
On Friday afternoon, the London Health Sciences Center admitted one additional COVID-19 patient to its care for a total of eight inpatients. Five or fewer inpatients are in intensive care and no pediatric patient is in the children’s hospital. Fewer than five staff members are in self-isolation after testing positive for the virus.
After two weeks of returning to classrooms, schools in London-Middlesex face a relatively low number of COVID-19 cases in the region. However, the MLHU confirmed the first local school foyer of the year on Friday.
Health officials have been told of a fourth positive case of COVID-19 linked to La Pommeraie Elementary School, a French-language school in southwest London.
“Thanks to information gathered during the investigation of the case, the health unit concluded that the virus had spread between these close contacts while they were at school,” said a statement from the MLHU.
The last person who tested positive is isolated after having been in close contact with a previous case. The affected person did not attend school during their period of communicability, the health unit said. The school will remain open and only staff and students identified as being in close contact with the cases will be asked to self-isolate.
“Because the close contacts of the cases attending La Pommeraie are currently isolated and not attending classes, there is no need for further action from staff or students, other than monitoring themselves for development. symptoms, ”said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Chris Mackie. “Because most children who attend primary schools are too young to get vaccinated on their own, the best thing we can do to protect them is to make sure that the people they spend time with have already been vaccinated. . “
The Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) currently has 17 active cases in 15 of its schools. The French language board has nine active cases, while the London District Catholic School Board has none.
Across Ontario, provincial health authorities reported 795 new cases on Friday, down 39 from Thursday’s total. The province recorded five new COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the death toll to 9,637. There have now been 585,365 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
More than 21 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed. As of Friday, 84.8% of Ontarians aged 12 and over had received at least one dose, and almost 78.7% had received two.