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London-area COVID-19 vaccination rates are creeping higher and local hospitalization rates due to the virus are holding steady, new figures show.
The most recent update from the Middlesex-London Health Unit shows 87.2 per cent of eligible local residents (12 and older) have received one vaccine shot and 82.1 per cent are fully vaccinated with two doses. That’s up from the previous update, Sept. 25, when it was 86.5 per cent and 80.9 per cent.
The vaccine has been shown to be effective at slowing the virus’s spread and easing the health risks for those who do contract it. London Health Sciences Centre as of Wednesday was treating 10 in-patients for COVID-19 – a level that’s remained roughly the same for two weeks.
Five or fewer are in intensive care, per hospital statistics.
On Wednesday, London-area officials recorded 20 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the pandemic total 14,131, and no new deaths. The most recent virus-related fatality was earlier this week, when a man in his 70s died – the 240th local death of the pandemic.
Provincewide, officials reported 476 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and 10 new deaths. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 141 of those cases are in fully vaccinated people.
There are 156 people in intensive care units due to COVID-19 across Ontario and Elliott says 12 are fully vaccinated.