What’s the latest situation for the London area?
The Middlesex-London Health Unit is reporting 12 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, along with the death of a man in his 30s.
The health unit does not release details about the identity of the deceased. The latest victim is the third person to die with COVID-19 this month. There have been 222 fatalities in Middlesex-London since the pandemic began.
There were 11 recoveries posted Friday, with 105 ongoing cases in the region.
London Health Sciences Centre has not updated hospital numbers since Thursday. At last count, there were 15 patients being treated for COVID-19 at local hospitals, including seven in critical care.
There are currently no hospital staff who have tested positive for the virus.
First phase of reopening begins
Starting Friday, outdoor gathering limits increase to 10 people. Outdoor dining is also permitted at restaurants, with up to four people per table. Retail stores are allowed to open to a maximum capacity of 15 per cent. Outdoor fitness programs are open to groups of 10 people, but indoor facilities remain closed.
Outdoor religious ceremonies are allowed, but people must be able to maintain a two-metre distance. Indoor services are also permitted with up to 15 per cent capacity.
Overnight camping is now permitted, along with kids’ day camps.
Personal care services, such as salons, remain closed, but will be allowed to reopen during phase two of the province’s plan.
COVID-19 across the region and beyond
Southwestern Public Health posted four new COVID-19 cases and no deaths Friday. There are 21 active cases in the health region.
Huron Perth Public Health reported six additional cases in Huron County Friday. There were no new deaths reported. The region now has 23 ongoing cases.
Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 576 new COVID-19 cases across the province, along with four additional deaths.
Nearly 200,000 vaccinations were administered across Ontario on Thursday. Nearly 12 per cent of adults in the province have now had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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