The summer heat that has blanketed the Middlesex-London region is expected to go up a notch tomorrow, prompting the Middlesex-London Health Unit to declare a one-day Heat Alert. The latest Environment Canada forecast for Saturday, August 21st, calls for a daytime high of 31º Celsius, enough to meet the Health Unit’s threshold. While the entire weekend is expected to be hot, the Heat Alert will only be in effect for one day, as Sunday’s forecasted high of 30º Celsius does not meet the level required to issue the notification.
To increase opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and to support uptake within the LGBT2Q+ community, the Middlesex-London Health Unit and Pride London have partnered to offer a Walk-in Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Sunday, August 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Palasad Social Bowl. While the focus will be on administering vaccine, the afternoon will also feature music, food, and entertainment, all in adherence with public health guidelines.
For the second time this week, the Middlesex-London Health Unit has declared a COVID-19 outbreak linked to a downtown bar. Health Unit case investigators are following up with five individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 after being at Lost Love Social House, located at 153 Carling Street in downtown London, on the evening of Saturday, August 7th into the early morning hours of August 8th. The Health Unit has not determined whether any of these cases have been linked to other outbreaks.
In line with today’s announcement by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, starting tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m., the Middlesex-London Health Unit is extending COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to anyone born in 2009 or earlier.
As we head into the final weeks of summer, the Middlesex London Health Unit is reminding local residents to take steps to prevent bug bites, after mosquitoes from a trap located in Glencoe were tested positive for West Nile Virus. The trap in Glencoe is the first to be found with West Nile Virus-positive mosquitoes in 2021.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Delilah’s, located at 209 John Street in London, after 15 patrons who attended the restaurant have tested positive for COVID-19. The Health Unit was notified of three initial cases associated with the establishment on August 13th and received reports of 12 additional cases on August 14th. Health Unit case investigators have also determined that several of these cases attended a gathering together at a private residence during the time they also attended the restaurant while infectious.
As current guidance does not allow for vaccinating those under the age of 12, the Middlesex-London Health Unit will not be extending COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to anyone who has not yet had their 12th birthday.
While weather conditions in London and Middlesex County have been very muggy this week, Environment Canada’s latest forecast is calling for temperatures to reach 31º Celsius and for Humidex values of 39 tomorrow, enough for the Middlesex-London Health Unit to issue a one-day Heat Alert. The Alert will come into effect Thursday, August 12th, as temperatures climb throughout the day and will remain in effect until Friday morning, as temperatures are expected to remain above 20º Celsius overnight.
With the federal government’s declaration of a hepatitis A outbreak associated with frozen mangoes, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) announced today that it will offer free hepatitis A vaccination clinics Friday, August 6th and Saturday, August 7th. The clinics are open to those who consumed any of the recalled products in the last two weeks and will be held at the Health Unit’s Citi Plaza offices, located at 355 Wellington Street, Suite 110, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. both days.
If you're spending quality time together this Civic Holiday Weekend, plan to spend that time outdoors! Even though gathering limits have increased, it is still not the time to gather indoors, even if you are fully vaccinated. Continue to keep physically distant from others (two metres) and follow public health guidance.