Middlesex-London sees 244 COVID-19 cases and 4 new deaths over the weekend
There are currently 1,208 active cases in the region
- There were 244 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend in Middlesex-London
- Four more deaths were also reported, including two on Saturday and two on Sunday
- Western University is delaying the start of in-person classes until Feb. 21
- Ontario saw 3,945 new cases Sunday
What's the situation for the London area?
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is reporting 240 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. Of the new cases, 128 were reported on Saturday and 116 on Sunday.
The latest cases leaves the total number of active cases in the region at 1,208. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Middlesex-London has logged a total of 4,368 cases.
Meanwhile, Men's Mission, a downtown shelter, is dealing with an outbreak after health officials linked nine new cases with the facility on Saturday.
Over the weekend, four more people succumbed to the virus, including a man in his 70s and a woman in her 90s both linked to long-term care homes. The other two deaths were a man in his 80s and another in his 50s, both who were not associated with any seniors' facilities.
The death toll in the region is sitting at 123. Twenty of those deaths have occurred in the first ten days of the new year.
What's the situation at seniors' homes?
There were 26 new cases of COVID-19 logged at long-term care homes in the region. Twenty-one of these cases involve residents, while five involve staff.
Meanwhile, there were three new cases reported at retirement facilities, all involving staff members.
The MLHU has declared two new outbreaks including one at Fox Hollow Retirement Residence in northwest London and another at Glendale Crossing in south London.
What's the situation at local hospitals?
According to the latest update from the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) on Thursday, there are 40 inpatients with COVID-19, 11 of them which are in critical care. Meanwhile, there are 32 staff members infected with the virus.
There are three ongoing outbreaks at Victoria Hospital. Active outbreaks include D5-300 Medicine, D7-200 Medicine and B41 Antenatal. All of the outbreaks have less than five patients and less than five staff members infected. There have been no deaths associated with the outbreaks, according to LHSC.
Western delays in-person classes until Feb. 21
In light of rising COVID-19 case numbers, Western University said it's delaying the start of in-person classes to Feb. 21.
In a statement, Western University President Alan Shepard said they've taken the decision "out of an abundance of caution."
Online classes are going ahead as planned, Shepard said, with students starting the semester Monday, Jan. 11.
"Some clinical learning in health sciences and medicine and in a small number of approved non-health related programs will begin in person on Monday as well, but these are very limited," he added.
Shepard said the school will be staggering the return for students. A "small number" of students will be returning early due to pre-arranged travel and other personal circumstances, the statement said.
In-person classes were set to resume on Jan. 25
COVID-19 across the region and beyond
Southwestern Public Health, which oversees St. Thomas and Oxford and Elgin counties, is reporting 46 new cases in the region. There are currently 379 active cases, most which are concentrated in Tillsonburg, Aylmer and St. Thomas.
Meanwhile, Ontario reported 3,945 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, and 61 more deaths.
Toronto, Peel Region and York region logged the most cases Sunday.