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262 Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex, Thursday Morning

Thursday April 9th, 2020, 9:20am


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UPDATED 1:30pm: The Health Unit says there is a new outbreak at an 8th long term care facility: Franklin Gardens in Leamington where one resident has tested positive.

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 18 additional cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday morning bringing the local total to 262.

There have been seven total deaths locally all deaths are in people aged seventy or older. Thirteen people have recovered locally.  There are eight outbreaks at local long term care facilities.

As of Thursday morning, the Health Unit says 1,940 people have been tested and 275 tests are still pending.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed presented updated epidemiological data for Windsor-Essex.  To date, thirty-four per cent of local cases have been travel related, thirty per cent of local cases have been from contact with a confirmed case, twenty-six per cent of local cases have been community acquired.  He said sixty two per cent of cases from travel were from travel to Michigan.

Dr. Ahmed said three per cent of local cases have died, nine per cent have been hospitalized and one per cent have required intensive care.

Dr. Ahmed says the Health Unit’s modelling is showing an initial signal that the case doubling rate is going down but cautions that it is still too early to see a difference.

“Unless we keep measures in place, we will not see a difference,” he said. “Whatever we are seeing right now is from the measures that were put in place from March 19th or March 20th, or a little after that time period.”

Dr. Ahmed said it is important to continue physical distancing and to practice all of the recommended measures.

“Keep doing what you are doing. It is very important,” he said. “For the few people who are not following these measures, it can lead to further spread and change the trajectory of the modelling.”

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