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No new cases of COVID-19 in Middlesex-London Wednesday

The local health board reported no new cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row Wednesday, and no new deaths.

Testing remains high as region marks second day with no positive results

An additional 323 tests for COVD-19 were processed at the Oakridge assessment centre, along with 333 at Carling Heights. (Travis Dolynny/CBC)

Low cases counts continued in the London area Wednesday with the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reporting no new positive results of COVID-19. Testing remains high at local assessment centres.

There were no new deaths reported by the health unit Wednesday.

The Carling Heights assessment centre swabbed 333 people and the Oakridge assessment centre processed 323 tests for a total of 656 tests. For those looking to get a test, the Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday to Monday and the Oakridge Area operates weekdsays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The total number of local cases stands at 640, with 570 recovered. A staggering 98 per cent of cases in Middlesex-London are now considered resolved.

Since Monday, the MLHU has reported only one new case of coronavirus. At a committee meeting at city hall yesterday, councillors endorsed a motion to have Dr. Chris Mackie, the region's medical officer of health, come before council to give his advice on making face masks mandatory.

Council is considering putting a bylaw in place that would require masks indoors.

COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Southwestern Public Health, which covers St. Thomas and Elgin and Oxford counties, reported no new cases Tuesday. The regional total stands at 87 cases, with three still active.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 102 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, the fewest since March 25.

With case counts continuing to remain low, the province is now looking to relax visitation rules for long-term care facilities. One of the expected changes will see visitors no longer having to provide proof they've been tested for outside visits.

High numbers of new cases continue to be reported in the Windsor area.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 11 new COVID-19 cases in the region Wednesday, with a total of 1,840 confirmed cases, with 71 per cent considered resolved.

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