New COVID-19 cases continue to slow in London area with 1 positive test Thursday

The Middlesex London Health Unit reported one new case of COVID-19 across the region Thursday, bringing the local total to 568. There have been no new deaths reported since June 4.

The new case is linked to an inmate at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre

Vehicles were lined up for COVID-19 testing at the Oakridge assessment centre on June 11, 2020. (Travis Dolynny/CBC)

The downward trend in new COVID-19 cases continued Thursday, with the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reporting one new case across the region and no new deaths.

The new case comes from the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC), where an inmate tested positive for the virus. 

There hasn't been a new case of COVID-19 reported at a seniors' facility in London since Saturday, when a staff member tested positive at a long-term care home.

The local total is now at 568 cases, with 428 recovered.

The lower case counts come as much of the province braces for Stage 2 of the province's plan to lift restrictions on its lockdown. The size of social gatherings will increase to 10 people, restaurants, bars and food trucks will be able to open for dining on patios and in parking lots, along with child care centres, hair salons, shopping malls and splash pads. Playgrounds will remain closed.

COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Southwestern Public Health, which covers St. Thomas and Elgin and Oxford counties, reported no new cases of COVID-19 Thursday. The regional total remained at 77 cases, with 69 resolved and four deaths.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 203 additional cases of COVID-19, the lowest update since late March. The report comes as province-wide testing saw a record 24,341 tests processed.

There are currently 3,172 active cases of coronavirus in Ontario, the fewest since new daily cases started to rise again in mid-May.

Canada-wide, there have now been 97,472 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases.