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17 cases of COVID-19 in London area as province records fewest cases since October | CBC News

Recent developments:

  • Ontario reported 699 new cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths on Tuesday.
  • More than 56 per cent of residents 12 and older in Middlesex-London have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • There are 31 patients being treated for COVID in London hospitals, including nine in ICUs.

What’s the situation for the London area?

The Middlesex London Health Unit is reporting 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and no deaths.

There were 42 recoveries, with the number of known active cases in the region down to 228, according to the health unit.

The seven-day average for daily case counts continues a downward trend at 31. It has now been over a month and a half since the third-wave high of 133 average cases.

London Health Sciences Centres says there are 31 patients with COVID-19 in London hospitals, including nine in critical care.

There are fewer than five patients being cared for from outside the health region. Fewer than five staff members have tested positive for the virus and are isolating.

Testing and vaccinations continue for the region

London’s two assessment centres continue testing operations for COVID-19. Testing volumes have decreased from a high of 867 during the peak of the third wave to an average of 366 swabs a day over the last two weeks.

There have been over 77,300 tests performed at Oakridge Arena and over 132,500 at Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre since the pandemic began.

The North London Optimist Community Centre on Cheapside St near Highbury Ave is a vaccination centre for residents of Middlesex-London. (Colin Butler/CBC)

The most up-to-date vaccination data shows 56.9 per cent of residents aged 12 and older in Middlesex-London have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 3.7 per cent have received two doses. As of May 24, there have been 255,659 doses administered since vaccinations began in early March.

Everyone aged 12 and older is eligible to receive a first does of a COVID-19 vaccine. For complete eligibility details, visit the health unit’s website.

To book a shot, visit covidvaccinelm.ca, or call 226-289-3560 between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily.

COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Southwestern Public Health posted four new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and no deaths. There are currently 49 ongoing cases in Elgin-Oxford, including 13 in Tillsonburg, 12 in St. Thomas and nine in Woodstock.

Huron Perth Public Health is reporting one new case of the virus and no deaths. There are 41 active cases across Huron-Perth.

Meanwhile, Ontario reports 699 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the fewest on a single day in October 2020.

The highest case counts were in Toronto and Peel Region, which saw 207 and 144, respectively.

The Ministry of Health reported nine additional deaths across the province. There have now been 8,766 people who have died with COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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