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2 more deaths, 43 new COVID-19 cases in London area Thursday

The Middlesex London Health Unit posted two more deaths and 43 additional cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. The majority of the cases are linked to an outbreak.

The majority of cases are connected to an outbreak, according to the health unit

A discarded hospital-issue surgical mask lays on the asphalt on Windemere Road outside University Hospital in London, Ont. (Colin Butler/CBC)

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported two more deaths and 43 additional cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. The majority of the cases are linked to an outbreak.

Two men in their 80s died of the virus. According to the MLHU, both men contracted the disease during the outbreak at University Hospital. The London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) says there have now been 10 COVID-related fatalities at the hospital.

There are now 62 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 46 staff members, all connected to the outbreak. The hospital remains open for any urgent or emergency needs, but LHSC is postponing all non-urgent and non-emergent surgeries and procedures until further notice.

Nine health care workers were among the local case tally Thursday. In terms of demographics, there were 16 people in their 20s and under who tested positive, 14 people between 30 and 59, and 11 people over 60.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 1,737 cases in the region, with 121 cases so far this month. There were 10 recoveries reported Thursday, with the known active cases now up to 249.

Contact tracing show 31 cases were attributed to an outbreak, two were connected to international travel, three had come into contact with a known case and seven had no known link.

COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Southwestern Public Health, which includes St. Thomas, Ingersoll and Woodstock, reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. There have been 33 new cases in Elgin-Oxford so far this week, with 63 ongoing infections.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit posted 63 additional cases on Thursday, with the total active cases for the region now up to 415.

Meanwhile, there were 1,824 more cases reported province-wide as intensive care unit (ICU) admissions climbed to 203. Models detailed by health officials on Nov. 26 forecasted the number of people in ICUs wouldn't break the 200 mark before next week, which means Ontario is five days ahead of projected scenarios.

Peel Region saw 592 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. There were 396 cases in Toronto and 187 in York Region.

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