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16 new COVID-19 cases in Middlesex-London Tuesday, lowest count in more than a week

The Middlesex London Health Unit is reporting 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the lowest daily total in more than a week.

There was another case reported at a local high school

A healthcare worker walks in the snow outside University Hospital in London, Ont. in December. (Colin Butler/CBC)

What's new today:

  • 16 people tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday in the London area
  • 16 new recoveries
  • 2 new cases linked to an outbreak at University Hospital
  • 4 new cases at local schools

What's the latest?

The local case count for the London area climbed to 1,881 Tuesday, with the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) posting 16 new positive infections. Today's count is the lowest in more than a week, with an average of 37 cases per day for the week prior.

There were also 16 recoveries today, with the total number of known active cases in the region at 307.

No new deaths were reported, with the total remaining at 76.

Outbreak continues at University Hospital

According to London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), there were two new cases connected to an outbreak at University Hosptial Tuesday. There have now been 72 patients and 61 staff and health-care providers who have contracted COVID-19 at the hospital. 13 people have died.

The LHSC is reminding people that the hospital remains open and they should not delay seeking urgent or emergency care at the facility.

All non-urgent and non-emergency surgeries and procedures have been postponed at University Hospital due to the outbreak.

What about schools?

Cases at London area school continue to climb, with five new cases reported late Monday. Two of those cases were at London Christian High, a private school in the city's southeast. In an abundance of caution, the school decided to close and students will spend the rest of the month learning online.

Two additional cases were reported Tuesday, one at at Parkside Collegiate Institute and another at Elgin Court Public School in St. Thomas.

The Thames Valley District School Board says there are now 13 schools with positive cases, while the Catholic board is reporting five. 

 

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