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21 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex As Of Monday

Monday May 11th, 2020, 9:15am

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 21 additional cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning, bringing the local total to 726. They said 275 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 705 on Sunday May 10th to 726 on Monday May 11th.

The Health Unit says there have been no additional deaths as of Monday and the local death toll stands at 59.

Of the 59 total, local deaths, the Health Unit says 45 deaths have been residents of long-term care and retirement homes.

The Health Unit says there are still ongoing outbreaks at fifteen facilities: AMICA, Sun Parlour, Lifetimes on Riverside, Franklin Gardens, Heron Terrace, Country Village Homes, Village at St. Clair, Chartwell Oak Park LaSalle, Berkshire, Chartwell Kingsville Retirement Residence, Extendicare Southwood Lakes, Dolce Vita, Leamington Mennonite Home, Riverside Place, Chartwell Oak Park Terrace.

As of Monday morning, 11,034 tests have been conducted and 1,761 tests are pending.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health says proactive testing of residents at local long-term care and retirement homes over the last several days has raised the number of local pending tests, and has revealed the four new outbreaks announced Sunday.

Dr. Ahmed says many of the patients in those faciltieis testing positive for COVID-19 have been asymptomatic.  In some cases, only residents — and no staff — have tested positive at long-term care and retirement homes.  Dr. Ahmed says those residents may have contracted it from other staff members who were not working shifts when mass testing at their facilities was conducted, or rarely he says, the tests may be false positives due to their asymptomatic nature.  He says long-term care and retirement home staff who were not working or who missed the testing should go to an assessment centre for a COVID-19 test.

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