The Middlesex-London Health Unit’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Western Fair District Agriplex and White Oaks Mall will not be offered on Friday, June 24th, while the agency’s offices at Citi Plaza and in Strathroy will be closed as of 12:00 noon for an all-staff event. Urgent public health response will still be available, should the need arise.
With the official start of summer tomorrow, the forecast is calling for a short heatwave to mark the change of seasons. The Environment Canada forecast is calling for a two-day spike in temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday’s high is expected to reach 33º Celsius with a humidex of 39. While rain showers are expected on Wednesday, temperatures are still expected to reach a high of 31º Celsius. These temperatures meet the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s criteria for a two-day Heat Warning. The overnight temperatures are expected to offer a slight reprieve, dropping to 23º Celsius on Tuesday, and 15º Celsius on Wednesday. Based on the current forecast, this Heat Warning will remain in effect until Thursday morning, when the daytime high is expected to reach 27º Celsius.
Starting Monday, June 20th, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) will be changing the frequency with which it updates its online COVID-19 Dashboard. The current five-day-a-week schedule has been in place since July 2021 and no longer aligns with the current level of COVID-19 activity in the community, or the reporting frequency of other public health partners. Rather than continue updating the dashboard five days a week, starting next Monday, the dashboard will be updated twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. When statutory holidays observed by the Health Unit fall on a Monday, the dashboard update will be posted on Tuesday and Thursday of that week.
With just a week to go before the official start of summer, the forecast is calling for a short, late-spring heatwave to prepare us for the change of seasons. The Environment Canada forecast is calling for a two-day spike in temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday’s high is expected to reach 32º Celsius with a humidex of 43 While rain showers are expected on Thursday temperatures are still expected to reach a high of 31º Celsius. These temperatures meet the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s criteria for a two-day Heat Warning. There will be a slight reprieve from the heat when overnight temperatures are expected to drop to 22º Celsius on Wednesday, and 19º Celsius on Thursday. Based on the current forecast, this Heat Warning will remain in effect until Friday morning, when the daytime high is expected to reach 25º Celsius.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) announced today that it is reporting the first identified case of monkeypox in the region. Through their work, Health Unit staff members have determined that the person diagnosed with the illness has no close contacts who require post-exposure prophylaxis for monkeypox or additional follow-up from public health.
The World Health Organization (WHO) marks World No Tobacco Day each May 31st, partnering with public health partners around the world to recognize the efforts being made to reduce the devastating harms of tobacco use. This year’s theme, “Tobacco: Threat to our environment”, is an opportunity to highlight how the tobacco industry makes huge profits at the expense of both the environment and the health of those who become addicted to their products.
London and Middlesex County will get a blast of hot and humid weather before we turn the calendars over to June. The current Environment Canada forecast calls for sunshine with a high of 30º Celsius and a humidex of 37 for today. While today’s conditions are not enough to meet the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s threshold for issuing a Heat Alert, it will be a different story Tuesday. That’s when daytime temperatures are expected to reach 31º Celsius with humidex values of 36 and conditions remaining muggy overnight with a low of 20º Celsius. The one-day Heat Alert will be in effect until Wednesday, when showers and cooler temperatures are expected to move into the area.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit announced today that its COVID-19 vaccination clinic at White Oaks Mall will continue to operate through the month of June. The walk-in clinic at the south London mall has delivered more than 1,100 doses of vaccine since reopening on April 7th. In addition to providing first, second and third doses, the location has proven to be a popular choice for those who are eligible and seeking to receive their second booster, or fourth dose of vaccine. Before it resumed administering vaccine just over seven weeks ago, the clinic at White Oaks Mall delivered nearly 6,000 doses between September 14 and October 10, 2021.
You may have heard or read recent media reports about monkeypox. The risk to Middlesex-London residents is very low.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit’s (MLHU) offices and its COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at the Caradoc Community Centre in Mount Brydges will be closed for the Victoria Day holiday on Monday, May 23rd. The Health Unit’s online COVID-19 dashboard will also not be updated on Victoria Day; new data will be posted on Tuesday, May 24th.