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3 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex As Of Friday, Outbreak Ends At Chartwell Royal Oak

Friday June 5th, 2020, 9:05am

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 3 additional cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, bringing the local total to 999. They say 567 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 996 on Thursday June 4th to 999 on Friday June 5th.

Theresa Marentette, CEO of the Health Unit says one of the new cases is a healthcare worker, one is an agri-farm worker, and one is a close contact of a confirmed case.

The Health Unit says there have been no additional deaths due to COVID-19 as of Friday and the local death toll stands at 66.

The Health Unit says the outbreak at Chartwell Royal Oak long-term care residence has now ended.  One long term care home, Heron Terrace, remains under outbreak.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health says per Ministry of Health direction, staff at long-term care and retirement homes will be tested twice in the month of June.  He says residents will be tested if they have symptoms.

The Health Unit said earlier this week they will no longer be providing the number of total tests conducted and the number of new pending tests each day due to the province’s expanded testing strategy.  Dr. Ahmed says the reason for this is that testing is conducted “in different settings, which is not directly reported to public health.”

Weekly Epidemiological Summary

Dr. Ahmed says Windsor-Essex Continues to see a decline in case counts, but has the fourth highest case numbers in the province; the primary source of exposure locally is through close contacts with confirmed cases; hospitalizations and ICU capacity are “within expected thresholds”; and the current rate of transmission (R0) has decreased to 0.56 today. Dr. Ahmed says “when the R0 is less than one, that means each existing infection causes less than one new infection.”

The Health Unit’s presentation showing a slide that breaks down cases by location of infection.

The entire presentation can be viewed at this link.

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