London region sees largest spike in COVID-19 cases since beginning of June

The Middlesex London Health Unit reported seven new cases of COVID-19 Friday, the largest one-day spike in positive results since early June. One of the new cases was a child at a London daycare.

7 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in London-Middlesex on Friday, including a child at a daycare

Vehicles were lined up onto Valletta Street to get into the Oakridge assessment centre for a COVID-19 test Friday morning. (Travis Dolynny/CBC)

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported seven new cases of COVID-19 Friday, the largest one-day spike in daily positive results since early June.

"It's pretty concerning. We haven't seen a number that high since June 9th,  when we reported eight cases. That's around the time when we had the last death in our community," said Dr. Chris Mackie, the medical officer of health for the MLHU.

"I very much hope that this is a temporary trend and it's really just a reminder to all of us to still do your best to be cautious, do your best to keep your distance, wash those hands, wear those masks. We don't want to put all of what we gained at jeopardy."

According to data from the health unit, four of the new cases were health care workers, including one staff member from a retirement residence. It's the first new case of a staff member testing positive at a retirement home in nearly a month.

The demographic breakdown of the new cases includes one person under 19, three people in their 20's, and three others each in their 30's, 40's and 50's.

Mackie said patient under 19 is a child at a London daycare.

"The child is doing well, it's not a severe case," he said. "But it definitely reminds us of the importance of trying to keep our children as safe as possible."

There were 590 people swabbed at London's Carling Heights and Oakridge assessment centres Thursday, a drop from the 644 tests that were performed on Wednesday.

No new deaths were reported in the London area Friday. The number of coronavirus-related deaths stands at 57.

The total number of local COVID-19 cases is now up to 659, with 97 per cent considered resolved.

COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Southwestern Public Health, which covers St. Thomas, Woodstock, and Elgin and Oxford counties, reported four new cases Friday, marking four continuous days of positive results for the region, with a total of nine new cases since Monday.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 195 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, with two-thirds of those being people under 40.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported an additional 53 cases Friday, bringing the weekly total to 164 new cases since Monday. The region now has the highest rate of COVID-19 in Ontario.


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