Since Monday, April 4th, 768 COVID-19 cases and three additional COVID-19-related deaths have been reported to the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU). The current level of COVID-19 activity in London and Middlesex County is as high as any seen during the pandemic, except the Omicron-related surge in cases that occurred in January, 2022. With the local incidence rate standing at just over 134 cases per 100,000, wastewater analysis that shows an increasing COVID-19 viral load, and with more people returning to pre-pandemic activities and wearing masks less often, the Health Unit is reminding the community that the current risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 remains very high.
“It’s going to be important to follow the personal protective measures that have become so familiar during the pandemic, even if they are no longer required by the Province,” says Dr. Alex Summers, Medical Officer of Health with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. “With many folks planning to gather with family and friends this week and throughout the month, we need to remember that we each have a role to play in reducing the effects of COVID-19.”
The MLHU continues to strongly recommend the following to reduce spreading COVID-19:
- Wear a mask in enclosed public spaces
- Ensure you are up to date for all recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including a booster dose for those 12 and older and a second booster (fourth dose) for those who are 60 and older.
- Stay home if you feel unwell or develop any COVID-19 symptoms.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, self-isolate and stay at home for at least five days after your positive test.
- Consider your risk and the risk of those around you, when you make plans to gather; think about how you can reduce the transmission of COVID-19, such as inviting fewer people to your gathering or hosting events outdoors.
For more information about COVID-19 visit www.healthunit.com/novel-coronavirus; for information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including a schedule of mass vaccination and pop-up vaccination clinics, visit www.healthunit.com/covid-19-vaccine.
Dan Flaherty, Communications Manager, Middlesex-London Health Unit
519-663-5317 ext. 2469 or 519-617-0570 (cell)
Dr. Alex Summers, Medical Officer of Health, Middlesex-London Health Unit