Frigid temperatures and bitterly cold winds are expected to linger longer in the London and Middlesex region, prompting the Middlesex-London Health Unit to extend its Cold Weather Alert for one more day. Originally set to end later today, the Alert will now be in place until tomorrow afternoon. The current Environment Canada forecast calls for a low of -15°C and a windchill of -21 tonight, exceeding the Health Unit’s threshold for an Alert. This windchill is expected to continue into the morning of Tuesday, February 15, before easing back below the threshold in the afternoon.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit received report of a text/telephone scam. A fraudulent text message asks you to click on a link to complete COVID-19 screening questions and provides a fake telephone number to call the Health Unit.
Very cold winter weather is expected to make a return visit to our region over the next 36 hours, prompting the Middlesex-London Health Unit to issue a Cold Weather Alert that will come into effect the evening of Saturday, February 12 and last until the afternoon of Monday, February 14. While daytime temperatures on Sunday are expected to climb above the Health Unit’s threshold, Environment Canada’s current forecast calls for temperatures to drop and meet the conditions for a Cold Weather Alert both Saturday and Sunday night, with forecast temperatures of -16C and -17C respectively. The Alert will end with temperatures expected to rise to a high of -8C by Monday afternoon.
As part of its effort to increase the availability of first, second or booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the Middlesex-London Health Unit is making the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty and Moderna Spikevax vaccines available at all its clinics. The decision means anyone who visits a mass vaccination clinic, a pop-up vaccination clinic hosted by the Middlesex-London Paramedic Service or one of the Community Hub COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in Schools, will be able to receive the mRNA vaccine of their choice. The Health Unit hopes this will encourage more people to receive their booster dose of vaccine. As of the end of January, only 51.9% of all eligible residents 18 years of age and older had received a booster dose of vaccine.
As part of the effort to reduce barriers and increase opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) announced today that walk-ins are now available at all its vaccination clinics. Starting today, those eligible to receive a dose of vaccine can visit the Western Fair District Agriplex, Caradoc Community Centre, Earl Nichols Arena, or any Community Hub COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, without booking in advance. While walk-ins are now welcome, pre-scheduled vaccination appointments can still be booked in advance at www.covidvaccinelm.ca.
Bitterly cold temperatures and windchill values are prompting the Middlesex-London Health Unit to issue its second Cold Weather Alert of the week. Environment Canada’s current forecast calls for temperatures to plunge to -25C tonight with a windchill value of -32. While a daytime high of -10C is expected Saturday, the Health Unit’s threshold for an Alert will continue to be exceeded with an expected windchill value of -33 along with an overnight low of -16C. The Alert will remain in effect until Sunday morning when temperatures are expected to rise to -8C.
The Province of Ontario’s GO-VAXX bus mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic will return to London on Sunday, January 30th, setting up for the day at the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre in London’s White Oaks neighbourhood. Since the fall of 2021, the bus has travelled to many Ontario communities, increasing opportunities for local residents to get their COVID-19 vaccine and supporting residents who haven’t been able to access mass vaccination clinics. The GO-VAXX bus has made three previous visits to neighbourhoods in London.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit announced today that it will launch the next phase of the local COVID-19 vaccination effort when it opens the doors to the first of its Community Hub COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Schools on Monday, January 31st. So far, 10 clinics have been scheduled at schools in neighbourhoods where there has been lower uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine. In order to reduce potential barriers that may have prevented people from getting themselves and their children vaccinated, no appointments are needed to attend any of the school-based clinics.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit is issuing another Cold Weather Alert for the region as temperatures and windchill values drop below the Health Unit's thresholds. Environment Canada's forecast currently calls for a low temperature of -17C overnight, accompanied by windchill values of -24 tonight and tomorrow morning. The Cold Weather Alert will come into effect this evening and remain in place until midday tomorrow, when temperatures are expected to rise to -10C and the windchill to ease to -13.
Bitter cold temperatures and gusting winds are expected to continue in the London and Middlesex region over the weekend. Although the current Environment Canada forecast calls for conditions that don’t meet the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s threshold all through the weekend, temperatures and windchill values for tonight and Sunday night warrant extending the current Alert.