The MLHU reported nine recoveries, bringing that total to 12,337. There are at least 57 active cases.
The number of deaths remains unchanged at 226.
Four more variant cases have been flagged for a total of 3,501.
The breakdown of variant cases is as follows:
- 3,361 cases of the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7), first identified in the U.K.
- 96 cases of the Gamma (P.1) variant, first identified in Brazil
- 37 cases of the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, first identified in India
- two cases of the Beta (B.1.351) variant, first identified in South Africa
- one case of the Kappa (B.1.617.1) variant, first identified in India
- one case of the Zeta (P.2) variant, first identified in Brazil
There are also two cases listed only as B.1.617, down from three, and one case listed as B.1.617.3.
A total of 11,421 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in London since the pandemic began, while 360 have been in Middlesex Centre and 334 in Strathroy-Caradoc.
Further information can be found on the health unit’s Summary of COVID-19 Cases in Middlesex-London page.
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The London Health Sciences Centre says it is caring for 12 inpatients with COVID-19 as of Friday, with fewer than five in the ICU.
Of those, no patients in acute care are from outside of the region and fewer than five in the ICU are from outside of the region. In an effort to protect the privacy of patients, LHSC only provides specific numbers when there are more than five.
Fewer than five staff members currently have COVID-19.
At St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the organization reported no current COVID-19 cases among its patients or staff.
The MLHU is not reporting any institutional outbreaks, however, there is an outbreak tied to indoor gatherings at Christ Embassy Church at 1472 Dundas St. in London.
As of Thursday, six cases were associated with the outbreak.
Anyone who attended any indoor gatherings at the church between June 20 and June 30 has been asked to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and to get tested if symptoms develop.
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As of the end of the day on July 3, 76.7 per cent of residents age 12 and older have had at least one dose, while 34.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.
More than 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the region.
Information on second-dose re-booking eligibility and how to cancel appointments can be found on the health unit’s website.
Information on local pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines can be found on the province’s website.
Several pop-up walk-in clinics are scheduled throughout the region. A full list can be found on the health unit’s website.
The health unit is also encouraging anyone with a second dose scheduled for the latter half of August or later to try to reschedule it for July.
Anyone looking to test to see if they have COVID-19 can find information about locations of testing sites on the health unit’s website.
The test positivity rate in the region was 1.3 per cent for the week of June 27.
The province reported 183 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths on Friday.
According to Friday’s report, 50 cases were recorded in Waterloo, 24 each in Peel Region and Grey Bruce, 22 in Toronto and 10 in Halton Region.
All other local public health units reported fewer than 10 new cases in the provincial report.
The percentage of the adult population that is fully vaccinated is now 52.7 per cent, while 78.9 per cent of adults have at least one dose.
Meanwhile, officials confirmed Friday that the province is poised to move into Step 3 of the COVID-19 reopening plan on July 16, nearly a week earlier than the previously expected date.
Elgin and Oxford
Southwestern Public Health reported three new cases and two more recoveries on Friday, leaving the total at 3,898 with 3,798 listed as resolved, 17 active cases and 83 deaths.
Per-municipality case counts can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.
Two people are hospitalized with COVID-19, down from three on Thursday, including one person in the ICU.
Three additional variant cases have been confirmed, bringing that total to 819. Of those, 754 involve the Alpha variant.
There were no active institutional outbreaks reported in the region.
The region’s test positivity rate was 0.6 per cent for the week of June 27.
SWPH says 64 per cent of residents age 12 and older have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 34.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.
All individuals aged 12 and up are eligible to re-book their second appointment through the online booking portal or by phone at 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9.
The health unit is also still encouraging people to add their names to a same-day vaccination list.
Several pharmacies in the region are also continuing to offer COVID-19 vaccine.
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Huron and Perth
Huron Perth Public Health’s total case count decreased by one on Friday, to 1,909, as one case was reassigned to another health unit.
Two more recoveries were reported for a total of 1,843 while the number of deaths is unchanged at 57.
At least nine cases are currently active and one person is hospitalized with COVID-19.
Case counts by municipality can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.
Three more variant cases were confirmed for a total of 326.
There were no active institutional outbreaks reported in the region.
The region’s test positivity rate was 0.9 per cent for the week of June 27.
According to HPPH, 80.3 per cent of residents had received at least one dose of vaccine, while 48.3 per cent are fully vaccinated as of Friday.
Sarnia and Lambton
Lambton Public Health reported one new COVID-19 case on Friday and three recoveries.
The region’s total case count stands at 3,621 with 14 active cases, 3,545 recoveries and 62 deaths. The region’s variant case tally climbed by six to 664 in total.
According to Bluewater Health, only one patient in their care is confirmed to have COVID-19, a decrease from two patients on Thursday.
The ongoing outbreak declared June 25 at Afton Park Place, a long-term care home, involves fewer than five cases among residents and fewer than five cases among staff or caregivers.
The region’s test positivity rate was 0.8 per cent for the week of June 27.
For the COVID-19 vaccine, residents can book and re-book using the health unit’s registration page. People can also call the vaccine call centre at 226-254-8222.
Some pharmacies are also continuing to offer Pfizer or Moderna shots.
Lambton Public Health says 73.5 per cent of adults have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 47.8 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated.
—With files from Global News’ Gabby Rodrigues, Nick Westoll and Matthew Trevithick
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Peel Region reports its first confirmed case of monkeypox – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
Peel Region has its first confirmed case of monkeypox.
According to Peel Public Health, the person infected is an adult male in his 30s who lives in Mississauga.
The heath unit said the risk to the public remains low.
Monkeypox, which comes from the same virus family as smallpox, spreads though close contact with an infected individual. Most transmission happens through close contact with the skin lesions of monkeypox, but the virus can also be spread by large droplets or by sharing contaminated items.
To reduce risk of infection, people are advised to be cautious when engaging in intimate activities with others. Vaccination is available for high-risk contacts of cases and for those deemed at high risk of exposure to monkeypox.
Symptoms can include fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash/lesions, which could appear on the face or genitals and then spread to other areas.
Anyone who develops these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider and avoid close contact with others until they have improved and rash/lesions have healed.
While most people recover on their own without treatment, those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for monkeypox should self-monitor for symptoms, and contact PPH to see if they are eligible for vaccination.
The Mississauga case is at least the 34th confirmed case of the disease in Ontario, with dozens more under investigation.
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More than 3,400 confirmed monkeypox cases and one death were reported to the World Health Organization as of last Wednesday, with a majority of them from Europe, the agency said in an update on Monday.
WHO said that since June 17, 1,310 new cases were reported to the agency, with eight new countries reporting monkeypox cases.
Monkeypox is not yet a global health emergency, WHO ruled last week, although WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was deeply concerned about the outbreak.
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Sudbury news: Northern agencies highlight national HIV testing day | CTV News – CTV News Northern Ontario
Monday was national HIV testing day. Officials say this year’s theme surrounds how getting tested is an act of self-care.
From clinics to self-testing kits, groups in the north say there are many options to get tested and everyone should use whichever way works best for them.
Just more than a year ago, Reseau Access Network in Sudbury teamed with Ready to Know and Get a Kit, groups that provide HIV self-testing kits at a pickup location.
Officials said it has been a huge success.
“We get a consistent number throughout each month and I can’t really divulge those figures, unfortunately, but as part of the overall study I can tell you the pickup of self-tests is a fraction of the amount of tests being ordered,” said Angel Riess, of Reseau Access Network.
“There’s actually a lot of tests being shipped to homes directly but I can confirm that they have been active and there’s a significant number of people who have chosen to engage in both programs.”
Elsewhere, the Aids Committee of North Bay and Area held a point-of-care testing clinic to mark the day.
“It’s an opportunity for us to remind everyone that getting tested is essential. If you don’t know you have HIV, you can’t take the steps to try to mitigate the possibility of spread,” said executive director Stacey Mayhall.
In addition to stopping the spread, knowing whether you are positive sooner rather than later can allow for a better quality of life.
“HIV is not a death sentence that it used to be,” said Riess.
“There have been advances in testing and medication and people can live long, healthy lives living with HIV.”
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