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4 more deaths, 143 new COVID-19 cases in London area Monday

The Middlesex London Health Unit is reporting 143 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, along with four more deaths. The death toll for January is now up to 25 in the region.

The latest victims were seniors from long-term care homes

An empty wheelchair sits outside the emergency department at University Hospital in London, Ont., in January. (Colin Butler/CBC)

Recent developments:

  • There are 143 new cases of COVID-19 in Middlesex-London
  • Four more deaths were reported, all residents of long-term care
  • There are 27 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths in Elgin-Oxford
  • Across Ontario, there are 3,338 new COVID-19 cases and 29 more deaths

What's the situation for the London area?

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 143 new cases of COVID-19 Monday. The seven-day average for cases in the region is now at 124 per day.

Four more residents of long-term care have died due the virus, including two men in their 90s, one in his 70s and a woman in her 90s. The death toll for the region is now up to 127, including 25 people so far in January.

Known active cases of COVID-19 in Middlesex-London are now up to 1,305, according to the MLHU.

Monday's case count comes as just 416 COVID-19 tests were performed at the Carling Heights assessment centre Sunday.

COVID-19 cases among demographics in Middlesex-London

People in their 20s are leading in the highest number of those contracting COVID-19 in the region, making up over 22 per cent (269) of the total cases so far in January. There have been 1,047 people in their 20s who have contracted the virus since the pandemic began.

The demographic group which has contracted the fewest number of infections are people in their 70s, who have contracted 238 infections since the pandemic began. There have been 72 people in their 70s who tested positive so far this month.

Hospital CEO terminated after travelling abroad

London Health Sciences Centre has announced that CEO Dr. Paul Woods has been been fired. The board of directors, which previously said it was aware of five trips Woods took to the U.S. during the pandemic, now says it didn't know about them.

The dismissal comes after a weekend of mounting pressure from the public and unions representing health-care workers for Woods to resign. He said he lives alone in London, Ont., and was visiting immediate family.

Health officials and mayor respond to LHSC leadership void

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What's the situation at seniors' homes?

The MLHU reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 at local long-term care homes Monday, including 23 residents and 15 staff.

Cases among residents and staff in long-term care have more than doubled since the beginning of the year and now stand at 248. There have been a total of 492 cases since the pandemic began, including 259 residents and 233 staff.

There are 12 seniors' facilities that are continuing to battle outbreaks in the London region, including Strathmere Lodge, Chelsey Park, Glendale Crossing, Fox Hollow and Queens Village, which were declared since Friday.

COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Southwestern Public Health, which includes St. Thomas, Aylmer and Woodstock, reported 27 new COVID-19 cases Monday, along with two more deaths. The region also saw 87 new cases over the weekend. There are currently 383 known active cases in Elgin-Oxford.

There were 228 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Windsor-Essex Monday as the region nears 10,000 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. According to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, there was one more death on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 3,338 new COVID-19 cases province-wide and 29 more deaths. Health units across the province have now reported 30,632 confirmed cases of the virus.

There are 1,563 patients with COVID-19 in hosptials, along with 387 in intensive care.

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