After two days of single digit increases, the Middlesex London Health Unit reported a double digit jump in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the London area.
The health unit reported 21 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 1,391. Fortunately, no deaths were reported so the death toll remains at 63.
Another 10 recoveries were reported, so the current number of active cases in London and Middlesex County is 119.
Outbreaks of the virus continue on two units at University Hospital (fourth floor general medicine and ninth floor orthopaedic), however, the outbreak at Henley Place Long Term Care Residence was declared over on Monday. There are currently no outbreaks at any long term care facilities or retirement residences in London or Middlesex County.
The number of new COVID-19 cases returned to the double digits in Elgin and Oxford counties as well. Southwestern Public Health, the region’s health unit, reported 11 new cases Tuesday. That brings the case count up to 466. Of those, 66 are considered active.
The death toll is unchanged at five with no new deaths since July.
Provincial health officials reported 32 deaths on Wednesday, the highest number in a single day since June 6. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there were 1,417 new cases reported Wednesday, based on roughly 33,400 that were processed. There are 535 people in Ontario being treated in hospital for COVID-19. Of those, 127 are in intensive care and 78 are on ventilators.