1 death, 33 new COVID-19 cases in London area Wednesday

The Middlesex-London Health Unit in southwestern Ontario reports 33 additional cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with the death of a man in his 70s.

A man in his 70s has died with the virus

Public health still recommends wearing a mask, as this person is doing while near a bus stop on Hamilton Road. The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) posted 33 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. (Colin Butler/CBC)

Recent developments:

  • The province's stay-at-home order expires today, but most COVID-19 health measures remain in place.
  • Ontario is reporting 733 new COVID-19 cases and 25 additional deaths on Wednesday.
  • There are 31 patients with the virus in London hospitals, including 11 in critical care.

What's the latest situation for the London area?

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) says a man in his 70s has died with COVID-19. A total of 220 people have passed away with the virus since the pandemic began.

The health unit posted 33 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average for daily counts continues to trend down, to 29.

There were 52 recoveries reported, with 214 known active cases in the region, according to the MLHU.

The number of patients in critical care in London hospitals increased by two since Tuesday, to 11. Overall, there are 31 patients being treated for COVID-19 at local hospitals. Fewer than five patients are from outside the health region.

Fewer than five staff have tested positive and are isolating.

Stay-at-home order lifted, pandemic health measures remain

Starting Wednesday, Ontarians can leave home to travel within the province to a secondary residence for any reason. Residents are not allowed to host members from another household indoors, except for someone who lives alone or is a caregiver.

Gathering limits are still limited to five people outdoors, socially distanced, and no indoor gatherings.

The ban on interprovincial travel to Manitoba and Quebec has been extended until June 16. It was originally set to end with the stay-at-home order.

COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Southwestern Public Health reported three new infections and two additional deaths on Wednesday. There are currently 48 ongoing cases in Elgin-Oxford.

Huron Perth Public Health posted seven new cases and no deaths.There are 44 ongoing cases in the region.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 733 new cases Wednesday, the third straight day with case counts below 1,000. There were 25 COVID-19-related deaths reported.

The number of people being treated in Ontario hospitals continues to decline, with 708 patients, according to the Ministry of Health. Of those, 576 are in critical care, including 399 requiring a ventilator to breathe.