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Random COVID-19 Testing In Windsor Essex Finds 8 Positive Cases, 4,916 People Tested

Monday June 15th, 2020, 5:39pm


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Random drive-thru testing has completed in Windsor and Essex County and the Health Unit has released information on the total testing conducted and the number of positive cases that resulted.

On Friday the Health Unit said 4,499 individuals had been tested and 4 people had tested positive, but those numbers did not yet include Leamington and Lakeshore’s test results.

The Health Unit says the full results show “4,916 individuals were tested during the 10 days of drive-thru testing with 8 persons confirmed positive to date.”

Testing was open to any resident 12 years and older and took place in Windsor between May 29th – 31st at SilverCity, in Essex on June 2nd at the Essex Centre Sports Complex, in Kingsville on June 3rd at the Kingsville Recreational Sport Field, in Amherstburg on June 4th at the Libro Centre, in Tecumseh on June 5th at the Zehrs Parking lot, in LaSalle on June 9th at the Volmer Culture and Recreational Complex, in Leamington on June 11th at the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre, and in Lakeshore on June 12th at the Atlas Tube Centre.

Officials say random testing was conducted to provide a sense of the prevalence of COVID-19 within Windsor-Essex.

“Random testing for COVID-19 is important as it provides better quality data for analysis, planning and intervention through random sampling of the community,” officials said in a statement. “As well, random drive-thru testing allowed for increased accessibility by bringing testing and assessment to each community.”

Officials say data related to random testing will be presented in more detail on Friday June 19th during Dr. Wajid Ahmed’s weekly epidemiological summary on Facebook Live.

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