The London region saw 29 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 11 cases Saturday and 18 cases Sunday.
“COVID is in the community and transmission is continuing,” Dr. Alex Summers, the associate medical officer of health with the MLHU, told CBC News.
This past week, the region saw three consecutive days of case counts in the 20s, but the weekend’s lower figures aren’t enough to see a reduction in the overall trend of new cases.
“We’re holding steady. That’s a good thing, but this could turn on a dime. When we look at other jurisdictions in the province it’s really clear that this can take off like a rocket,” Dr. Summers said, adding that it’s crucial people continue to follow public health guidelines.
The cases reported during the weekend were among people of all ages, however, people in their 20s and youth under 19 made up the majority of the cases, with nine and eight new cases respectively.
On Saturday, the MLHU declared an outbreak at Perth Hall, a Western University residence which houses mostly first-year students, after three people tested positive for the virus. On Thursday, an outbreak had been declared at Saugeen-Maitland Hall, another residence on campus. As of Sunday, health officials said 10 people from that residence have tested positive for COVID-19.
“We see transmission where people are in close proximity with one another beyond their immediate household. Obviously in a university residence you essentially have a big family on your floor so it can be a bit more challenging to keep that distance,” said Dr. Summers.
“We’re working with the university to ensure that all the important steps are being taken to keep ongoing transmission under control.”
Over the course of the pandemic, the region has logged 1,468 cases, of which 1,268 have been marked as resolved. The area’s death toll remains at 63.