However, the total case count increased by 11 to 12,561. Of those, 12,287 are listed as resolved and 226 deaths have been recorded in total.
Currently, at least 48 cases are listed as active.
The number of cases involving a variant of concern stands at 3,478, an increase of five from Tuesday.
The health unit says the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7), which was first identified in the U.K., has accounted for nearly all of them — 3,356 cases.
The Gamma variant (P.1), which was first identified in Brazil, accounts for 96 cases. One case has also been confirmed to involve the Zeta (P.2) variant — another lineage first identified in Brazil in October 2020.
Twenty cases have been confirmed to involve the B.1.617 variant, first identified in India. Nineteen are listed as being the Delta sub-lineage (B.1.617.2) and one the Kappa sub-lineage (B.1.617.1).
Two cases have been confirmed to involve the Beta variant (B.1.351), first identified in South Africa.
A total of 11,366 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in London since the pandemic began, while 360 have been in Middlesex Centre.
Further information can be found on the health unit’s Summary of COVID-19 Cases in Middlesex-London page.
The MLHU also announced Wednesday morning that, going forward, it will not be updating its dashboard on weekends or statutory holidays observed by the health unit.
As a result, the dashboard will not be updated on Thursday, July 1.
The health unit adds that when the dashboard is updated on Mondays it will include a breakdown by day of cases reported on Saturday and Sunday.
While the health unit will no longer be updating the dashboard seven days a week, it says it will provide urgent updates when necessary.
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At least nine COVID-19 patients are in the care of London Health Sciences Centre, unchanged from Tuesday, with fewer than five people in the intensive care unit.
No patients in acute care and fewer than five in the ICU are from outside of the region, the organization says. LHSC only provides specific numbers when there are more than five to protect the privacy of patients.
Zero staff members at LHSC were positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday.
At St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the organization reported no COVID-19 cases among its patients or staff as of June 24, the most recent data available.
There are currently no active institutional outbreaks listed.
An outbreak at LHSC’s University Hospital in 8TU Transplant Unit declared on June 13 is listed as resolved on June 29.
The outbreak was believed to be linked to the Gamma variant, though full sequencing was still in process as of Monday.
The outbreak was linked to fewer than five patients and fewer than five staff cases.
Vaccinations and testing
As of Monday, eligibility for shortened second-dose intervals is now available to everyone 12 and older, provided that appointments are booked at least 28 days after the first dose was administered.
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.
One-day pop-up community clinics continue this week at select schools in the city and county. Locations, dates and times can be found on the Global News website.
As of June 26, the most recent data available, the MLHU reports 75.3 per cent of residents age 12 and older have received one dose, while 23.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, those looking to get a COVID-19 test have several options.
The test positivity rate in the region stands at 1.2 per cent for the week of June 13, the most recent data available.
Ontario is reporting 184 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, marking the first time the case count is below 200 since Sept. 10, 2020, when 170 new cases were reported.
The provincial case total now stands at 544,897 as the province, with the exception of Waterloo Region, enters Step 2 in the reopening plan.
According to Wednesday’s report, 46 cases were recorded in Waterloo Region, 19 in Grey Bruce, 17 each in Toronto and Hamilton and 16 in Peel Region.
All other local public health units reported fewer than 15 new cases in the provincial report.
The death toll in the province has risen to 9,168 as 14 more deaths were recorded.
Elgin and Oxford
Southwestern Public Health’s case tally is unchanged from Tuesday, but four recoveries were recorded Wednesday.
The total case count for the region stands at 3,878 with 3,784 listed as resolved, 83 total deaths and 11 active cases.
Per-municipality case counts can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.
Two people are currently hospitalized, including one person in the ICU, a decrease of one from Tuesday.
The number of variant cases in the region stands at 810. The vast majority, at least 747, involve the Alpha variant.
There are no active outbreaks reported in the region.
All individuals age 12 and older are eligible to re-book their second appointment through the online booking portal or by phone at 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9, provided that second-dose appointments are booked at least 28 days after the first dose of an mRNA vaccine was administered.
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 Pfizer and Moderna shots.
The region’s test positivity rate increased to 1.5 per cent for the week of June 13, up from 0.9 per cent for the week of June 6.
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Huron and Perth
HPPH reported three additional cases Wednesday, bringing the regional total to 1,894.
The number of recoveries increased by one to 1,826 while the number of deaths is unchanged at 57. At least 11 cases are currently active.
Case counts by municipality can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.
One person remains in hospital with COVID-19.
The total number of variant cases and cases that have screened positive for a mutation consistent with a variant is 318, an increase of one from Tuesday.
According to HPPH, 93,265 of its residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 39,582 people are fully vaccinated, or 73 per cent and 31 per cent, respectively.
As of noon on Monday, June 28, anyone age 18 or older is now eligible to re-book their second appointment, provided that second-dose appointments are booked at least 28 days after the first dose of Moderna or Pfizer or eight weeks after a first dose of AstraZeneca.
There are no active outbreaks reported in the region as of Wednesday.
The region’s test positivity rate fell to 1.0 per cent for the week of June 13, down from 1.2 per cent the week of June 6.
Sarnia and Lambton
Lambton Public Health reported zero new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 10 recoveries.
The region’s total case count stands at 3,600 with 28 active cases, 3,510 recoveries and 62 deaths.
According to Bluewater Health, two patients in their care are confirmed to have COVID-19 as of Wednesday.
The region’s variant case tally is 644, up two from Tuesday.
An outbreak declared June 25 at Afton Park Place, a long-term care home, continues. It involves fewer than five cases among residents and fewer than five cases among staff and caregivers.
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, however, call volume is expected to be very high.
Some pharmacies are also continuing to offer Pfizer or Moderna shots.
Lambton Public Health says 72.6 per cent of adults have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 37.8 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated.
The region’s test positivity rate is 1.8 per cent for the week of June 13, the latest available data.
—With files from Global News’ Gabby Rodrigues, Kelly Wang and Matthew Trevithick.
© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
Ontario reports 170 COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths; 124K more vaccines administered – q107.com
Ontario reported 170 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 549,156.
“Locally, there are 44 new cases in Toronto, 26 in Peel Region, 17 in Hamilton, 15 in the Region of Waterloo and 13 in Grey Bruce,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.
For comparison, last Saturday 176 cases were reported.
Three new deaths were also announced on July 24, bringing the provincial virus-related death toll to 9,311.
A total of 538,421 coronavirus cases are considered resolved, which is up by 150 and is 98 per cent of all confirmed cases.
More than 19,100 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 16,451,025 tests and 5,325 remain under investigation.
The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 0.8 per cent, which down slightly from Friday’s report, when it was 0.9 per cent, and up from last Saturday’s report, when it was 0.6 per cent.
Provincial figures showed there are 132 people in intensive care due to COVID-19 (down by four), 86 of whom are on a ventilator (up by two).
Here is a breakdown of Ontario’s cases by age and gender:
- 273,725 people are male
- 271,734 people are female
- 88,751 people are 19 and under
- 205,695 people are 20 to 39
- 156,528 people are 40 to 59
- 72,892 people are 60 to 79
- 25,196 people are 80 and over
The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.
The province also notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by local public health units on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.
As of 8 p.m. Friday, 18,848,661 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in Ontario, marking an increase of 124,261. Of those, 105,628 were second doses.
In Ontario, 80.7 per cent of adults aged 18-plus have received at least one vaccine dose and 67.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.
© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
COVID incidence in Waterloo Region continues to decline – TheRecord.com
WATERLOO REGION — The incidence rate of COVID-19 in the region continued to decline, and has now reached the lowest level since early November.
According to the latest numbers released Saturday by Waterloo Region Public Health, the seven-day moving average rate of cases per 100,000 population fell to 2.9 cases per 100,000 on Saturday. While still almost triple the provincial rate of one case per 100,000, the last time the region had an incidence rate that low was on Nov. 2.
The incidence rate in the region is nonetheless still one of the highest in Ontario, with just three regions out of the 24 in the province — Porcupine, Hamilton and Grey-Bruce — showing higher rates.
The number of positive cases in the region increased by 14, for a total of 18,271 since the pandemic began.
Other indicators also showed positive trends.
The number of active cases dropped overnight by nine to 134.
The number of outbreaks decreased from 11 to nine.
The number being treated for COVID in hospital remained steady at 13, while the number of those who have died from the virus was also unchanged at 282. Thirteen people were being treated in intensive care, a decrease of three from the previous day.
The number of variants of concern remained steady at 4,579.
As of Friday, 81.26 per cent of the region’s residents over age 12 have received at least one dose, while 63.75 per cent have been fully vaccinated. Another 5,311 people received a vaccine on Friday.
A total of 537,724 test have been carried out in the region.
African countries to receive six million Johnson and Johnson vaccines, the African Union says – News Track English
Around six million doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine will be delivered by the African Union to 27 African nations that have paid for the shipments through the end of August. AU coronavirus envoy Strive Masiyiwa said 18 countries are finalizing loans from the World Bank and other global lenders before they make payment.
Deliveries will rise to an average of 10 million a month from September, increasing to 20 million in January until the order is fulfilled by September next year. Global pharmaceutical firms should license production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa rather than just do piecemeal contract deals, Masiyiwa said while speaking a day after Pfizer and BioNTech announced a “fill and finish” deal with South Africa’s Biovac Institute under which it will carry out the final stages of vaccine manufacturing where the product is processed and put into vials.
Pfizer and BioNTech will handle drug substance production at their facilities in Europe. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has called the arrangement “restrictive” and said much more is needed to support vaccine independence in Africa.
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