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1 death, COVID-19 hospitalizations climb in London, Ont., Monday

Another death linked to COVID-19 was reported in Middlesex-London on Monday, as hospitalizations continue their upward trend.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) said a man in his 80s from a care home has died with the virus. There have now been four deaths with COVID-19 in April as cases among high-risk occupations and settings rise.

There have been 266 new high-risk COVID-19 cases reported since Friday, bringing the seven-day rolling average to 98. The number of known active cases rose to 1,041, an increase of more than 62% from on the same day last month. . The true number of cases in the community is believed to be much higher.

While the most recent data shows an increase in cases following the lifting of certain health protocols, local health authorities are encouraging measures to slow the spread.

“Wearing this mask when attending indoor events, when you’re on the go, even though it’s not mandatory, it’s still a simple and cost-effective way to protect yourself and limit your risk,” said Dr. Alex Summers, Area Medical Officer of Health.

Local vaccination rates reach 91% for residents aged five and older with one dose and 88.1% for those who are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise

The London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) registered 47 COVID-19 patients in local hospitals on Monday, up six since Friday and more than double the number of care three weeks ago.

The number of people being treated specifically for the virus is 20, while another 27 patients tested positive while being admitted for other conditions. There are five or fewer COVID-19 patients in intensive care.

There are currently 288 LHSC staff who have tested positive for the virus and are in isolation, down from six since Friday.

There is currently an outbreak at Victoria Hospital in medicine unit D61, which was declared on April 9.

COVID-19 across the province

Ontario is reporting 1,090 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, up from 977 the day before and 857 on the same day last week.

There are 184 patients in intensive care, compared to 173 the day before. The province says 82 patients need a ventilator to breathe.

The Department of Health reported another 2,401 cases of COVID-19 through limited PCR testing, with a test positivity rate of 17.6%.

There have been three additional deaths province-wide, a total of 12,566 since the start of the pandemic.