5 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex As Of Friday

Friday June 26th, 2020

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 5 new cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, bringing the local total to 1,374. They say 839 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 1,369 on Thursday June 25th to 1,374 on Friday June 26th.

The Health Unit says 1 of the 5 new cases is from the agri-farm sector and 4 cases are in the community.

There have been no additional deaths due to COVID-19 as of Friday and the local death toll stands at 68.

The Health Unit says one long-term care home, Village of Aspen Lake, is still under outbreak.

The Health Unit has started listing the number of workplaces that have outbreaks where two or more workers have tested positive for COVID-19 “within a reasonable timeline to suspect transmission in the workplace.”

As of Friday, 6 workplaces in the agriculture sector have 2 or more cases (2 in Kingsville, 4 in Leamington).

Enforcement Of Stage 2 Reopening

Theresa Marentette, CEO of the Health Unit says they’ve been fielding calls from the public on Stage 2 compliance relating to patios and the Health Unit has sent tobacco and vaping enforcement officers and public health inspectors out to certain establishments.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health says businesses need to follow the Health Unit’s guidance for safe reopening.  He says enforcement officers will provide an “educational approach” but the Health Unit “will be issuing tickets and orders to protect our community” if violations occur.

Reduced Daily Agri-farm Cases

Responding to a question about the recent reduction in the number of new, daily cases attributed to workers at agri-farms, Dr. Ahmed says both a reduction in testing and the sector getting a handle on the spread of COVID-19 are factors.

“We are working closely with all the farms that have active cases, and our team is working diligently to put all these individuals in isolation and prevent any new cases from happening in the first place,” he said. “The second piece is we’ve noticed there has been a shift in terms of how the testing strategy was being rolled out and there was some delay in who was being signed up to get tested.”

Dr. Ahmed says the process is ongoing and 30 farms have been tested as of Friday.

Weekly Epidemiological Summary

Dr. Ahmed says Windsor-Essex has continued to seen a high number of cases this week, with most cases in the agri-farm sector; the primary source of exposure is through close contact with confirmed cases; hospitalizations and ICU visits have decreased dramatically in June; and the current rate of transmission (R0) is 1.01 meaning every COVID-19 case leads to one new case.

Distribution of cases by municipality over the past 7 days.

Community exposure by reported date.

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