MIDDLESEX - The catchment area of Middlesex-London Health Unit has seen 12,640 cases since the start of the pandemic. Everyday case numbers are lowering as vaccination rates continue to rise. As of this past Monday, there were 55 active cases of the virus in the county.
Variants of concern in the area remain an issue with worries of the Delta Strain which is more transmissible spreading throughout the community infecting those who have yet to be vaccinated. Over the past year and a half, variants have totaled 3,503 of the 12,640 total diagnosed. The majority of variants were first detected in MLHU have been the Alpha variant or B 1.1.7, followed by 96 of the Gamma variant, 27 for the Delta variant, Beta 2, B.1.167 one case, Kappa (one case), B 1.167.3 (one) and Zeta (one).
Breaking down cases by municipality, London has seen the majority of cases with 11,439, followed by Middlesex Centre at 361, Strathroy-Caradoc at 334, Thames Centre at 169, Lucan Biddulph at 73, Southwest Middlesex at 58, North Middlesex at 55, Adelaide-Metcalfe at 55, and Newbury with 6. The region has administered some 502,545 doses with 34.8% of the population receiving full (two doses)vaccination.
Vaccination clinics are set to take place on 26 July at North Middlesex District High School, 3 August at Strathroy District Collegiate Institute, and 4 August at Glencoe District High School. All vaccination clinics listed run from 1:30pm to 6:30pm and are walk-ins for first or second doses. Other walk-in clinics can be found on the MLHU website.
Public heatlh continues to urge people to get vaccinated Medical Officer of health Chris Mackie, addressed the significance of getting vaccinated noting that, “Incidences in the last two weeks 92 per cent of those positive covid cases are among those who had no vaccine at all and 8 per cent were among people that had received one vaccination.”
Damon MacLean, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner