1 Additional Death, 7 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex As Of Tuesday

Tuesday June 2nd, 2020

Posted at 9:32am

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 7 additional cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, bringing the local total to 977. They say 497 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 970 on Monday, June 1st to 977 on Tuesday June 2nd.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health, says 1 of the 7 new cases is a farm worker, and “the rest are community cases.”

The Health Unit says there has been one additional death due to COVID-19 as of Tuesday bringing the local death toll to 66.  Dr. Ahmed says a woman in her 70s, who was a resident of a long term care home, passed away.

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

  • Chartwell Royal Oak
  • Heron Terrace

Health Unit CEO Theresa Marentette says they will no longer be providing new data on the number of total tests conducted and the number of new daily pending tests.

Dr. Ahmed says a new testing strategy has been launched by the province with “many different partners doing testing in different settings, which is not directly reported to public health.”

“So our numbers, if we continue to report the way we are, it will not be accurate numbers with respect to the number of tests that are happening, and the number of results we are getting back,” he said. “Most of the results we reported previously were from the testing that was done at the assessment centre, or some of our key partners such as primary care providers and other providers.”

“Now that testing has been expanded broadly, with many partners testing, our numbers will not be accurate,” he said.

Dr. Ahmed says some of the new partners testing include hospitals testing their staff, “more broader testing, targeted testing at various sectors that will be initiated and led by the Ministry [of Health],” and “employers themselves who are engaged in these types of testing as per Ministry directions.”

He said “public health core work is now moving toward case and contact management.”

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