Sep. fourth wave if we reopen 6 Aug.

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MIDDLESEX - During a public health meeting on Monday, the Middlesex-London Health Officer Chris Mackie stated he believes we’ll see a fourth wave of Covid in time for back to school.

“That is the timing that we’re looking at... we’ll see what happens... on August 6th, with gatherings of gathering limits in the thousands then we really could see a wave much sooner than the fall. If that doesn’t happen and we’re able to get vaccination rates up, then there’s no doubt we will see more activity in the regular Coronavirus season.”

Currently, there are 47 active cases in the MLHU catchment with low daily cases reported this past weekend, with five cases on Friday and three on Saturday. Mackie headed warning that long-term trends are not clear with percent positivity remaining around the provincial average. Vaccination rates in MLHU have started to decrease to provincial levels, too. London Mayor Ed Holder spoke strongly against the unvaccinated at the conference. Warden Burghardt-Jesson urged everyone to convince the unvaccinated to get the jab.

“For those who aren’t vaccinated. It’s literally only a matter of time before the virus catches...Look, the vaccination rate of 80% is great. That leaves one in five Londoners exceptionally vulnerable. A fourth wave in the fall or winter here will be the pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Damon MacLean, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner

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