London region reports 26 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend and no new deaths

The Middlesex-London Health Unit reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday and 10 cases Sunday. It's been eight days since the region has logged a COVID-related death.

The region has not logged a COVID-related death in eight days

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) recorded 16 new COVID-19 cases Saturday and 10 on Sunday. (Colin Butler/CBC)

Recent developments:

  • Middlesex-London logged 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 10 new cases on Sunday. 
  • The region has gone eight consecutive days without a COVID-related death. 
  • Ontario reported 1,087 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. 

What's the latest for Middlesex-London?

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) recorded a total of 26 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. Sixteen of those cases were reported Saturday and 10 were reported on Sunday. 

With 18 recoveries reported Sunday, the number of known active cases in the region has dipped to 108.

Sunday also marked the eighth consecutive day of no new deaths related to the virus in the region. The latest death was a woman in her 80s linked to a long-term care home who died Feb. 13. Since then, the region's death toll has stayed at 181.  

"What we're experiencing now is the result of people putting in the work, of staying home, of minimizing their social contacts," said Dr. Alex Summers, the associate medical officer of health with the MLHU. "That decline in the overall prevalence of COVID-19 in the community means that there's less of a risk to those that are most vulnerable, which means we're not seeing the deaths that we were seeing before." 

Summers added that the decline in deaths also signals early success of the region's vaccination efforts. As of Friday, vaccinations at long-term care homes were set to be completed, while vaccinations at retirement homes are set to be finished next week.

Currently, six seniors' facilities in the region are dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks. The latest facility to declare an outbreak was Peoplecare Oak Crossing. According to the MLHU, the outbreak is affecting the Norway Spruce area of the facility.  

Summer said the region is still in that in-between phase in which the full impact of the vaccination program at these homes has not been seen. 

"Everything about this is a long game and we will see more and more outbreaks declared over in the next little while, and I anticipate less declared as a result of the early stages of the vaccine program." 

According to the London Health Science Centre (LHSC), 15 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19. Seven of those patients are in the critical care unit. 

Meanwhile, the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) reported a case of COVID-19 at Central Public School in Woodstock.  

The school board said staff and students who have been identified as close contacts are being advised to stay at home for 14 days. The school will remain open. 

COVID-19 across the region 

Southwestern Public Health, which oversees Elgin and Oxford counties, reported two new infections of COVID-19 on Sunday. The region now has 43 ongoing cases.

Two new cases of the disease were reported by Huron Perth Public Health on Saturday. Huron-Perth currently has 21 active cases.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 1,087 new COVID-19 cases Sunday along with 13 new deaths. 

Sunday is the fourth straight day in which daily case counts have topped 1,000 across the province. Most of the new cases were logged in Toronto, Peel Region and York region, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said.