One death and 8 new COVID-19 cases in Middlesex-London

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported eight new COVID-19 cases in the region Sunday, as the provincial case count tops 14,000. 

Of the new cases in the region, three involve residents of seniors’ facilities, two involve residents at retirement homes and one is linked a long-term care home. 

Since the outbreak began, Middlesex-London has seen 372 cases and 100 of them are linked to seniors’ homes.

According to a report released by the MLHU, Elmwood Place, a long-term care home in London’s old south neighbourhood is the latest facility to declare an outbreak, while at least six other seniors’ homes are facing the same troubles. 

The region’s death toll rose by one after a woman in her 90s linked to a retirement home died after contracting the virus. 

There have now been 31 deaths in the region, and more than half are linked to seniors’ homes. 

Across the province, 835 people have died from the virus according to Ontario’s official tally. However, CBC News has collected data from regional public health units and counted at least 901 deaths.

While the case count has now reached 14,432 in Ontario, the percentage of new cases has been on a steady decline. On Sunday, it dipped to 3.1 per cent, which is the lowest growth rate the province has seen in weeks.  

On Sunday, Oxford and Elgin counties reported three new cases of the disease, bringing their total case count up to 57. Of the total number of cases, 24 have been resolved. 

Officials in Grey Bruce reported two new cases, bringing their tally to 74 — 21 of those cases involve health-care workers. 

Meanwhile, Huron-Perth had no new cases to report. The region has seen 42 cases since the outbreak began and 30 of them have been marked as resolved. 

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