54 new COVID-19 cases in London, Middlesex County

The London area is finishing the week with 54 new cases of COVID-19.

The Middlesex London Health Unit released the latest figures on Friday afternoon. It says there were 21 new cases on Thursday and 33 on Friday. The health unit did not release a report on Thursday due to the National Day for Reconciliation.

There were no deaths reported on either day. The local death toll since the start of the pandemic remains at 239.

The number of active cases in the community, as of Friday, is 156.

There are three active outbreaks at schools in the London area. They are at Wilfrid Jury Public School, Ekcoe Central School, and Lord Elgin Public School. Lord Elgin has closed until next week as it deals with a growing number of cases.

The London Health Sciences Centre says it is caring for 13 COVID-19 patients, seven of whom are in intensive care.

Southwestern Public Health, the health unit for Elgin and Oxford counties, reported 21 new cases. It says there are a total of 43 active cases in the two counties.

Provincially, there were 668 new cases reported Friday, along with eight deaths. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 502 of the new cases involve people who are not fully vaccinated. There are 278 people in hospital being treated for COVID. Of those, 163 are in intensive care. The overwhelming majority are unvaccinated.

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