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6 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex As Of Thursday

Thursday June 18th, 2020, 10:34am


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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 6 new cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, bringing the local total to 1,244. They say 721 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 1,238 on Wednesday June 17th to 1,244 on Thursday June 18th.

The Health Unit says 5 of the 6 new cases are from the agri-farm sector.  Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health, says  365 total agri-farm workers have contracted COVID-19 and 195 of those cases are now resolved.

There have been no additional deaths due to COVID-19 as of Thursday and the local death toll stands at 67.

The Health Unit says two long-term care homes, Village of Aspen Lake and Country Village Homes are 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 Thursday, 8 workplaces have 2 or more cases (3 in Kingsville, 5 in Leamington).

Health Unit’s Role

Following numerous public calls for mandatory testing of migrant workers, Dr. Ahmed clarified the Health Unit’s role in a media briefing, Thursday morning.

Dr. Ahmed says the Health Unit’s (public health’s) mandate is to test symptomatic cases and conduct case and contact management. He says Ontario Health is responsible for asymptomatic surveillance testing.

“There’s two components to testing: one we’re talking about asymptomatic surveillance testing, the other one is about the symptom-based or case and contact management, outbreak investigation testing,” he said.

“The case-based symptomatic testing and investigation, all those are happening through public health on site in the most effective way that we can, and that’s what public health is mandated and is responsible for,” Dr. Ahmed said. “The asymptomatic surveillance testing is under Ontario Health and they’re the ones to come up with a strategy, come up with a plan to support the testing in these farms.”

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