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Drive-thru Testing Centre Opens, 23 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex As Of Friday

Friday May 29th, 2020, 9:04am

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 23 additional cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, bringing the local total to 950. They said 495 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 927 on Thursday May 28th to 950 on Friday May 29th.

Health Unit CEO Theresa Marentette says 14 of the 23 new cases reported Friday are people working in the agri-farm sector.

The Health Unit says there have been no additional deaths due to COVID-19 as of Friday and the local death toll stands at 63.  Saturday marks two weeks without any local COVID-19 deaths.

The Health Unit says there are ongoing outbreaks at two long-term care and retirement facilities:

  • Chartwell Royal Oak
  • Heron Terrace

The Health Unit says 16,734 total tests have been conducted since testing began locally and 1,066 tests are pending as of Friday.

Random COVID-19 Testing

Health Unit CEO Theresa Marentette says the Health Unit is starting random COVID-19 testing today in Windsor.

The Health Unit will be running a drive-thru testing centre in the parking lot of the SilverCity movie theatre on Walker Road between 10:00am and 5:00pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“The test is a nasopharyngeal swab that goes into the nostril and is done quickly and may be slightly uncomfortable,” she said.

Marentette says you will need to provide a Health Card and contact information in order to get tested.  She says testing is available to anyone 12-years-old or older.

Weekly Epidemiological Summary

Dr. Ahmed says Windsor-Essex Continues to see a decline in case counts, but has the third highest case numbers in the province; the primary source of exposure locally is through close contacts with a confirmed case; hospitalizations and ICU capacity are “within expected thresholds”; and the current rate of transmission (R0) has decreased from 1.07 last Friday to “less than 1” today. Dr. Ahmed says a R0 of above 1 means each infection causes more than one new infection.

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