22 new COVID-19 cases in London area Thursday

There are 22 additional cases of COVID-19 reported on Thursday and no deaths.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit is seeking additional staff to assist in its vaccination effort

Health officials have set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the North London Optimist Community Centre on Cheapside St near Highbury Ave. (Colin Butler/CBC)

Recent developments:

  • Ontario is reporting 590 new COVID-19 cases and 11 more deaths on Thursday.
  • The province is moving up second COVID-19 vaccinations for some residents in delta variant hot spots.
  • There are 15 patients being treated for the virus in London hospitals, including seven in critical care.

What's the latest situation for the London area?

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is reporting 22 additional cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and no deaths.

There were 17 recoveries logged, with 105 active cases in the health region.

London Health Sciences Centre says they are caring for 15 patients with COVID-19, including seven in critical care. That's down from a high of 99 patients, including 43 in ICUs, in early May, according to data from the hospital network.

There are currently no staff members who have recently tested positive for the virus.

During Thursday's MLHU COVID-19 briefing, London Mayor Ed Holder noted London's support for its Muslim community, in the wake of Sunday night's fatal truck attack of a Muslim family. 

He said Londoners are encouraged to wear their masks and socially distance as they gather at vigils and memorial events. 

"I think taking your shot shows great respect for one another," said Holder. "There's been an outpouring of that as a result of this sad, sad situation where we care about each other, and what a great way to show we care about each other as well as to get the shot." 

The MLHU is also putting out the call for additional staff as it expects more vaccines to arrive for distribution.

It is seeking clinical supervisors and managers, as well as registered nurses, vaccinators and administrative staff to help expand its vaccination effort at clinic sites. 

The list of available positions required to fill immediately include:

  • Two temporary, full-time supervisors, COVID-19 Clinical Services.
  • Two temporary, full-time site managers, COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics.
  • Temporary, casual immunizers to work on the Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) team in the Environmental Health and Infectious Disease Division.
  • Temporary, casual Registered Nurses to work on the Vaccine Preventable Disease team in the Environmental Health & Infectious Disease Division.

More information on current employment opportunities can be found here.

COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Southwestern Public Health posted one new case of the virus on Thursday and no deaths. There are 19 ongoing cases in Elgin-Oxford, including 13 in Woodstock and two in St. Thomas.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported another 590 cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of 11 more people with the illness this morning.

There are now 516 patients being treated for COVID-related illnesses in hospitals across the province, including 450 in ICU with the illness and 291 who require a ventilator to breathe.