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59 New Cases Of COVID-19, Three New Deaths As Of Wednesday Morning

Wednesday April 15th, 2020, 9:08am

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 59 additional cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, bringing the local total to 408.

There have been three new deaths in Windsor-Essex as of Wednesday bringing the local death toll to 16. Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health says the three new deaths were not related to long-term care homes. He says one male and one female in their 80s, and one male in their 80s passed away.

Dr. Ahmed says outbreaks have ended at two long-term care homes: Riverside Place and Villages of St. Clair.

Theresa Marentette, CEO of the Health Unit says 34 per cent of cases are associated with long-term care and retirement homes and ten of the sixteen deaths took place at long-term care homes.

Cases increased from 349 reported on Tuesday April 14th to 408 on Wednesday April 15th.

Dr. Ahmed says the ‘significant’ increase in confirmed cases is due to active testing taking place at long-term care homes.

“It is a result of our active screening,” he said. “We went out to these facilities over the weekend and we tested pretty much everyone in long-term care homes.”

“As expected, we picked up more cases,” he said. Dr. Ahmed said active testing will continue daily at long-term care homes.

The Health Unit says 2,701 tests have been conducted as of Wednesday and 303 tests are still pending. They say 32 people locally have recovered.

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