COVID-19: LHSC reports 132 inpatients, MLHU reports 2 deaths

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Ontario

Ontario reported 3,814 people in hospital with COVID on Friday, up by 184 since the day prior.

Of those, about 53 per cent were admitted because of the virus and 47 per cent were incidental infections admitted for other reasons.

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There are 527 people in ICUs, which is up by 27 from the previous day. Around 80 per cent of those in intensive care were admitted because of COVID, while around 20 per cent were admitted for other reasons.

Ontario also reported 10,964 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, though that is an underestimate of the true widespread transmission of the virus due to recent testing restrictions.

The province also added 41 deaths from the past month and one death from more than a month ago.

Elgin and Oxford

Southwestern Public Health reported one death Friday, involving a woman in her 80s tied to an outbreak at Valleyview Home.

SWPH reported one death Thursday, four deaths Wednesday and three on Tuesday. Of those, five were tied to long-term care homes.

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SWPH reported 27 hospitalizations on Friday, up from 25 on Thursday and 17 a week ago. There were seven cases in the ICU, a decrease of one from the day before but up from the three cases in ICU reported last Friday.

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The test positivity rate for the week of Jan. 2 was 19.5 per cent, down from 24.8 per cent during the week of Dec. 26.

As for cases, SWPH is reporting:

8,942 cases (an increase of 118, with seven removed due to data cleanup)
1,129 active cases (a decrease of 44)
7,685 resolved cases (an increase of 154; note that SWPH clears all cases after 10 days regardless of outcome)
128 deaths (an increase of one)

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There are active outbreaks at the following long-term homes, retirement homes and hospitals:

Valleyview Nursing Home, St. Thomas, declared Dec. 23 and involving 16 resident cases, 24 staff cases and one death
Woodingford Lodge, Woodstock, declared Dec. 28 and involving 13 resident cases, 15 staff cases and one death
Tillsonburg Retirement Residence – Tillsonburg, declared Dec. 29 and involving three resident cases
Chartwell Oxford Gardens, Woodstock, declared Dec. 30 and involving 12 resident cases and four staff cases
Caressant Care Bonnie Place Retirement Home, St. Thomas, declared Dec. 30 and involving 16 resident cases, 11 staff cases, one death and one case under investigation
Caressant Care Bonnie Place Nursing Home, St. Thomas, declared Dec. 30 and involving 12 resident cases and eight staff cases
Elgin Manor, St. Thomas, declared Dec. 31 and involving four resident cases and two staff cases
Extendicare, Port Stanley, declared Jan. 2 and involving nine resident cases and 11 staff cases
Terrace Lodge, Aylmer, declared Jan. 2 and involving 10 resident cases, three staff cases and one death
Secord Trails, Ingersoll, declared Jan. 2 and involving 36 resident cases, 16 staff cases and two deaths
Chartwell Aylmer, Aylmer, declared Jan. 2 and involving five resident cases and six staff cases
Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll, declared Jan. 3 and involving nine resident cases and three staff cases
Caressant Care Nursing Home – Woodstock, declared Jan. 3 and involving one resident case and 12 staff cases
Maples Nursing Home – Tavistock, declared Jan. 7, involving two resident cases and 11 staff cases
St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital – St. Thomas, declared Jan. 7, involving four resident cases and three staff cases
Aches Transitional Bed Program, Woodstock, declared Jan. 10 and involving four staff cases
Woodingford Lodge, Tillsonburg, declared Jan. 11 and involving three staff cases
Woodingford Lodge, Ingersoll, declared Jan. 12 and involving three staff cases
Metcalfe Gardens Retirement Home, St. Thomas, declared Jan. 13 and involving one resident case and one staff case

As of Jan. 12, 76.7 per cent of those aged five and older in the region had received two doses of the vaccine, while 81.8 per cent have had at least one dose.

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Further information on where and how to get vaccinated can be found on the health unit’s website.

The health unit encouraged people to join its Same-Day Vaccination List, which offers any leftover doses due to cancellations or no-shows.

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Huron and Perth

Friday’s data from Huron Perth Public Health was not available as of publication time.

On Thursday, Huron Perth Public Health reported nine people were in hospital with COVID-19, up from six Wednesday and up from six a week ago.

Of those, six are considered to be active cases.

The number of health-care workers with active COVID-19 infections climbed to 95, up from 89 Wednesday and 21 a week ago.

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For the week of Jan. 2, the test positivity rate was 11 per cent, from 21.2 per cent for the week of Dec. 26.

In total, HPPH reported on Wednesday:

4,394 total cases (an increase of 88)
1,262 active cases (an increase of 73)
3,054 recoveries (an increase of 15)
78 deaths to date (unchanged)

The most recent deaths were reported on Tuesday when two deaths were added to the tally, no further details were provided.

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There are 21 active outbreaks reported by HPPH, including 10 at long-term care or retirement homes:

Braemar Nursing Home, North Huron, declared Jan. 12 and involving two residents and four staff cases
Hillside Manor, Perth East, declared Dec. 31 and involving three staff cases
Kingsway Lodge, St. Marys, declared Jan. 3 and involving 10 resident cases and 14 staff cases
Knollcrest Lodge, Perth East, declared Jan. 12 and involving three staff cases
Queensway Nursing home, Bluewater, declared Dec. 31 and involving one resident case and one staff case
Caressant Care Retirement Home, North Perth, declared Jan. 2 and involving one resident case and two staff cases
Exeter Villa, South Huron, declared Jan. 2 and involving six resident cases and 12 staff cases
Goderich Place, Goderich, declared Jan. 8 and involving one resident case and three staff cases
Maplewood Manor Retirement Home, Huron East, declared Dec. 30 and involving one resident case and three staff cases
Seaforth Manor Retirement Home, Huron East, declared Jan. 2 and involving three resident cases and three staff cases

HPPH is also reporting an outbreak at Stratford General Hospital, declared Jan. 7, involving one patient and four staff members.

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HPPH is reporting 10 outbreaks at congregate living settings but no further details were provided.

An outbreak at Wildwood Care Centre, St. Marys, declared Dec. 27 and involving seven staff cases, is no longer listed as active.

As of Jan. 10, 83.3 per cent of residents aged five and older have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose while 78.4 per cent are fully vaccinated. Third-dose coverage stands at 38.6 per cent of those five and older, though those under the age of 18 are not eligible for a third dose.

Information on how and where to get a vaccine can be found on the health unit’s website.

Sarnia and Lambton

Bluewater Health reported 41 patients in hospital with confirmed COVID-19, up from 35 on Thursday and 29 a week ago.

Lambton Public Health is reporting the average ICU occupancy was at 95 per cent for the week of Jan. 2, up from 80 per cent for the week of Dec. 26.

The test positivity rate for the week of Jan. 2 was 28.5 per cent, down from 31.2 per cent for the week of Dec. 26.

On Friday, Lambton Public Health reported:

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7,568 total cases (an increase of 141)
800 active cases (a decrease of 70)
6,674 resolved cases (an increase of 210)
94 deaths to date (an increase of one)

No further details were provided about the death reported Friday.

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LPH reported 15 active outbreaks as of Friday, including at the following congregate living facilities:

Christian Horizons in Sarnia, declared Jan. 10 and involving fewer than five resident cases and fewer than five staff/caregiver cases
Lambton County Developmental Services in Wyoming, declared Jan. 9 and involving fewer than five resident cases and fewer than five staff/caregiver cases
Huron House Boys Home in Brights Grove, declared Jan. 8 and involving fewer than five residents and five staff/caregivers
Community Living Sarnia-Lambton in Sarnia, declared Jan. 7 and involving fewer than five residents and fewer than five staff/caregivers
St. Francis Advocates in Petrolia, declared Jan. 7 and involving fewer than five residents and fewer than five staff/caregivers
Community Living Sarnia-Lambton in Sarnia, declared Jan. 6 and involving fewer than five residents and fewer than five staff/caregivers

There are outbreaks at the following long-term care and retirement homes:

Watford Quality Care in Watford, declared Jan. 5 and involving fewer than five resident cases and fewer than five staff cases
Trillium Villa in Sarnia, declared Jan. 3 and involving 26 residents and 26 staff/caregivers
Marshall Gowland Manor in Sarnia, declared Jan. 1 and involving fewer than five residents and 14 staff/caregivers
Afton Park Place in Sarnia, declared Dec. 31 and involving fewer than five residents and 11 staff/caregivers
Sumac Lodge in Sarnia, declared Dec. 31 and involving 24 resident cases and 18 cases among staff/caregivers
Fiddick’s Nursing Home in Petrolia, declared Dec. 30 and involving 11 residents and 16 staff/caregivers

Outbreaks have also been reported at a jail and hospital. The outbreak at Sarnia Jail in Sarnia was declared Jan. 8 and involves 13 inmates and fewer than five staff members. The outbreak at Bluewater Health in Sarnia was declared Jan. 7 and involves six patients and six staff members.

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There is also an outbreak at an unidentified workplace, declared Jan. 11 involving three cases.

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Eighty-one per cent of area residents age five and older have had at least one dose of vaccine while 77 per cent have had two doses. Thirty-four per cent have had a third dose, health unit data shows. Note that those under 18 are not currently eligible for a third dose.

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Residents can book and re-book COVID-19 vaccine appointments or find information on vaccine availability at pharmacies using the health unit’s registration page. People can also contact the vaccine call centre at 226-254-8222.

Those who are able to get vaccinated on short notice are encouraged to sign up for Lambton Public Health’s daily Vaccine Standby List.

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— with files from Global News’ Gabby Rodrigues

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