Area equals April’s deadly toll with 2 more COVID deaths, 92 new cases

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The London area’s COVID-19 death toll this month has matched April’s total, the deadliest month of the pandemic.

Middlesex-London Health Unit has reported 35 COVID deaths so far this month, the same number as April, the peak of the first wave.

The health unit reported 92 new cases, its second-highest daily case count of the pandemic, and two more COVID deaths Wednesday.

One death, a man 80 years or older, is linked to a long-term care home. The other, a woman 80 or older, is not tied to a retirement or long-term care facility.

The London-area health unit has reported 102 COVID-19 deaths since the first was announced in late March. Of those deaths, 45 have occurred since mid-October.

London Health Sciences Centre is reporting a sharp increase in COVID inpatients, with 38, including 10 in intensive care, as of Wednesday. That’s up 11 inpatients and two intensive care patients from the day before.

LHSC, which has resolved a series of deadly outbreaks at University Hospital, has one active COVID outbreak remaining, in Victoria Hospital’s fifth-floor burns and plastics unit. Fewer than five patients and fewer than five staff have tested positive in connection with the outbreak.

jbieman@postmedia.com