CM – Positivity rises as the MLHU reports 49 new COVID-19 cases, one new death


Amanda Taccone web producer


A COVID-19 test will be conducted on December 3, 2020 at a test location at the Canada Games Center in Halifax.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reports 49 new COVID-19 cases and one death on Thursday – a 24-year-old man.

The death is the first in the region since Friday, and the MLHU health officer, Dr. Chris Mackie says it’s a reminder that everyone should be vaccinated, regardless of age.

« It was really a shock this week to see another death in such a young person … really just brings home the importance of getting young people vaccinated. Folks, if you are a young person or you know someone who it is, please make sure that we can bring as many young arms as possible to the clinics. « 

Eighteen-year-old Owen Brandies died earlier this month. He was the second COVID-19 related death of a teen in the area and his family has confirmed that he did not have any pre-existing conditions. An investigation into the recent young death is ongoing.

The number of cases corresponds to the total number of 46 cases on Wednesday. It’s the fifth day in a row with counts below 50.

The region now has a total of 12,126 cases and 218 deaths, with 11,476 cases resolved and 432 remaining active. There are now 2,946 cases with a worrying variant and another 365 that are mutation-positive.

For the week ending May 22, Middlesex-London, the most recently available data, had a percent positivity rate of 5.6 percent, compared with 6.2 percent for Ontario over the same period. The rate is an increase from the previous week, when the local positivity was 4.5 percent and has been falling steadily for five weeks.

The London Health Sciences Center is currently caring for 36 inpatients with COVID-19, 11 of whom are in intensive care. Transfers outside the region account for fewer than five acute care patients and fewer than five in the intensive care unit.

There have been three persistent outbreaks in senior citizen facilities in the London area, one in a school and one in a childcare facility.

An active outbreak at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital continues, with 19 cases and three deaths, although no new cases or deaths were reported as of Thursday.

Ontario health officials reported 1,135 new cases on Thursday, while positivity dropped significantly from 5.2 percent on Wednesday to 3.6 percent on Thursday.

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