One death, seven new COVID-19 cases in London region while provincial total tops 10K

Health officials have reported seven new COVID-19 cases in the London region, bringing the total to 289, while the provincial case count has topped 10,000. 

On Saturday, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) also reported a new death, a woman in her 100s who was a resident at a long-term care home.

That means there have been 17 reported COVID-19 deaths in the region. 

According to the province’s official tally, 514 people have died from the virus. However, data compiled by CBC News from regional public health units indicate that at least 534 people have succumbed to the illness, including two health-care workers.

Of the seven new cases, three are linked to seniors’ facilities. One case is a staff member at a long-term care home, while the other two are staff members at retirement homes.

On Friday, the region saw its biggest spike in cases to date after increased testing at seniors’ facilitie. On that day, Grand Wood Park, a retirement residence in old south, reported 14 new cases of the virus. 

There are now 72 cases linked to seniors’ facilities in the region and according to the latest report from the MLHU, at least nine facilities have outbreaks. 

Of the 289 cases of COVID-19 in the London region, almost half are considered resolved. 

Meanwhile, Oxford and Elgin counties have reported one new case, bringing the total to 41, while Huron-Perth had no new cases to report. 

Grey Bruce reported 14 new cases Saturday, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 59 in the region.

“This spike further affirms the evidence of the community spread and that the level of risk warrants continuing practicing physical and social distancing regardless of the location in Grey and Bruce,” the Grey Bruce Health Unit said in a media release. 

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