The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is reminding everyone who will be out enjoying the summer weather to take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of heat-related illness. With the current Environment Canada forecast calling for hot temperatures and high humidity, the Health Unit is issuing a one-day Heat Alert. The expected high of 31º Celsius today and a humidex reading expected to reach 35, meet the MLHU’s criteria for issuing the Alert. The Alert will only be in effect for today as overnight temperatures are expected to fall to 17º Celsius and showers are expected for Tuesday.
With more than 610,784 does of COVID-19 vaccine delivered since December 23rd, 2020 and the opening of mass vaccination clinics to walk-in traffic for first and second doses this week, changes are in store for the local vaccination effort. As of last Saturday, more than 79 percent of all those over the age of 12 in London and Middlesex County had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine; 56.6 percent had received two doses and are considered fully vaccinated.
After being in place since October 24th, 2020, the last remaining Section 22 Class Order put in place for all indoor sports and recreational fitness activities by the Middlesex-London Health Unit will be lifted today. The Order covered all gyms, health clubs, community centres, multi-purpose facilities, arenas, exercise studios, yoga studios, dance studios and other fitness facilities.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is stepping up its effort to encourage as many people as possible to get vaccinated this summer, by reducing potential barriers even further. Starting Wednesday, July 14th, it will no longer be necessary to book appointments to receive a first dose of vaccine at one of the four mass vaccination clinics in London or Middlesex County. The addition of more walk-in options for those who have yet to receive their initial dose of COVID-19 vaccine is intended to make it easier for those individuals to get started on a two-dose summer and be protected against COVID-19.
With comments from the World Health Organization (WHO) being taken out of context, the Middlesex-London Health Unit is reiterating the importance of seeking the first mRNA vaccine available for any first or second doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is calling on London and Middlesex County residents to join the effort to ensure the community can have a two-dose summer and be fully vaccinated by the time classes are back in session in September. In order to achieve the goal, the Health Unit has scheduled a series of Walk-in Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics over the next five weeks.
Yesterday’s hot temperatures and Environment Canada’s forecast met the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s threshold for issuing a two-day Heat Alert for Sunday and Monday. Now, with an updated forecast that calls for temperatures to reach a high of 31º Celsius, a humidex of 39 and a very high UV index, the Health Unit is extending the current heat alert into Tuesday. The Alert will remain in effect until tomorrow night when rain and thunderstorms will cause temperatures to drop below the Health Unit’s threshold.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) announced today that over 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the region since the first dose was given, just over six months ago. The total includes both first and second doses delivered to individuals at either mass vaccination clinics, pharmacies, primary care offices or pop-up community clinics. Over 100,000 of these doses were administered since June 21, when the region’s Vaccine Olympics first began. New vaccine coverage data by age groups will be released tomorrow.
The current Environment Canada forecast is calling for high temperatures of 31º Celsius on Sunday and 33º Celsius on Monday, meeting the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s threshold for issuing a two-day Heat Alert. While there will be a slight reprieve overnight on Sunday as temperatures drop down to 18º Celsius, the two-day heat alert will remain in effect until Tuesday, July 6th, when a mix of sun and cloud will bring the temperature down just slightly below the Health Unit’s threshold. Vigilance on Tuesday is still recommended, as temperatures will remain high, despite being below the Health Unit’s threshold.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit has declared a COVID-19 outbreak after six people who attended indoor gatherings have tested positive for the virus. Health Unit investigators have been able to associate these cases to a series of indoor gatherings held between June 20th and June 30th, where no masks were worn and physical distancing was not maintained. Investigators are continuing the work of determining the number of close contacts associated with those who have tested positive. Anyone who attended an indoor gathering of any kind, including church services or other gatherings, at Christ Embassy Church, located at 1472 Dundas Street in London, between June 20th and June 30th is being asked to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms develop.