November is on track to become the second worst month of the pandemic by case count — and could possibly surpass April’s record — as the London area works to contain the second wave of COVID-19.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit has reported 245 new COVID-19 cases so far this month, a total that is well within striking distance of October’s 265 case count, the second-worst of the pandemic.
“I’d be surprised if we didn’t see another hundred cases by the end of the month,” medical officer of health Chris Mackie said Wednesday.
October’s final case tally was well short of the 341 identified in April, the worst month of the pandemic so far. But with 12 days left in November and daily case counts averaging in the double digits, it is possible the London area could close in on April’s tally, Mackie said.
“At this point we’re on track to break the (April) number, but we don’t know for sure which direction this is going to go from here,” he said.
London and Middlesex County have added an average of 14 new cases each day since the start of November, a major departure from the summer when the area was averaging one to two new cases daily.
The London area broke two daily case count records just days apart, 27 on Nov. 6 and 37 two days later. November has had 11 days with new case counts in the double-digits, including six days with 20 or more.
London and Middlesex entered the province’s yellow-protect category Monday, the second-lowest of five restriction groups.