Crunching the local COVID numbers from a distressing December

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Record-breaking daily COVID-19 cases, the start of the local vaccine rollout and a death count that matches the first-wave peak. Here is the latest on December’s COVID-19 stats as the ninth month of the pandemic draws to a close:

This week . . .

  • The London area set and surpassed its daily case count record, reaching triple digits for the first time. The Middlesex-London Health Unit on Thursday announced 119 new cases, blowing past the previous record of 100 set Tuesday.
  • Officials on Tuesday declared an outbreak at Maple Ridge on the Parc, an apartment complex at 112 and 114 Arbour Glen Cr. Forty-six cases are linked to the outbreak. The first case was identified Dec. 11.
  • After seven weeks and 23 patient deaths, University Hospital is now outbreak-free. The outbreak in the fourth-floor general medicine unit, first declared Nov. 10, was resolved Tuesday. The outbreak on the unit, the first at University Hospital during the second wave, spread to five other wards.
  • A week after administering its first shot, London Health Sciences Centre’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Western Fair District Agriplex field hospital ramped up to inoculate about 400 health care workers from the London area each day. It will immunize 500 each day starting next week.
  • The Thames Valley District school board reported new COVID-19 cases in 10 London area schools since Dec. 27. The London District Catholic school board has no active cases.