A woman in her 80s is the first London-area resident to die of COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated against the virus. Her death was recorded this weekend.
Tuesday, public-health officials announced the virus-related death of a local man in his 60s who was unvaccinated – with the two successive fatalities bringing the London-area pandemic death toll to 237.
There have been six local COVID deaths since August began, and all but the elderly woman were unvaccinated, according to Middlesex-London Health Unit statistics. Their figures, since vaccination began in December, show:
- 89.2% of COVID-19 patients were unvaccinated
- 87.9% of COVID-19 patients who needed hospitalization were unvaccinated
- 89.7% of people who died of COVID-19 were unvaccinated (4.3% not yet protected from vaccination; 5.1% partially vaccinated)
The statistics reinforce the message from public-health officials that the vaccine slows the virus’s spread and greatly reduces the chance of serious illness or death for those who do contract COVID-19.
Vaccination efforts in London and surrounding Middlesex County continue, with high school sports joining a slew of large local employers and minor hockey leagues in requiring full vaccination for participation. As of Tuesday, local vaccination rates were:
- 84.7% of eligible (12 and older) citizens have received one dose
- 78.4% of eligible (12 and older) citizens have received the recommended two doses
Tuesday, the London-area added seven new cases, bringing the total local pandemic caseload to 13,662. There are currently 180 active cases.
London Health Sciences Centre is treating seven inpatients for COVID-19.
Provincewide, there were 577 new cases of COVID-19 and six new deaths reported in Ontario on Tuesday. Of the new cases, 452 are people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, while 125 are fully vaccinated, Health Minister Christine Elliott said.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 575,219 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 9,617 deaths in Ontario.
CORONAVIRUS CASES: THE NUMBERS
(*Figures for Southwestern Ontario as of Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at 3 p.m.)
- Ontario — 575,796 cases
- London-Middlesex — 13,662 cases, 237 deaths
- Elgin-Oxford — 4,164 cases, 85 deaths
- Brant — 3,748 cases, 25 deaths
- Chatham-Kent — 2,238 cases, 17 deaths
- Sarnia-Lambton — 3,729 cases, 69 deaths
- Huron Perth — 2,087 cases, 63 deaths
- Grey-Bruce — 2,284 cases, 14 deaths
- Windsor-Essex — 19,070 cases, 448 deaths