2 Additional Deaths, 2 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex As Of Monday, First Migrant Worker Death Reported

Monday June 1st, 2020

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, bringing the local total to 970. They said 496 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 968 on Sunday May 31st to 970 on Monday, June 1st.

The Health Unit says there have been two additional deaths due to COVID-19 as of Monday bringing the local death toll to 65. They say a woman in her 80s, who was a long-term care resident, passed away at the field hospital.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health says a man in his 30s, who was a temporary foreign worker with no pre-existing medical conditions, passed away from COVID-19. Dr. Ahmed says the man came to Canada in February, was working at a local farm, was diagnosed with COVID-19 and had been self-isolating in a motel.

“It is with deep regret that I share the news of the loss of these two individuals. I share my sympathies with the families during this very difficult time,” said Dr. Ahmed.

Migrant Workers

To date, of the 970 confirmed cases of COVID-19 locally, 175 (approximately 18 per cent) have been among farm workers representing 17 farms, according to officials. They say the numbers include both migrant workers and community workers. To date, 47 individuals of the 175 have recovered, 1 has died and 127 remain in self-isolation, they say.

Dr. Ahmed says the Health Unit’s infectious disease department works closely with each individual to conduct contact tracing, provide direction and guidance to both employees and employers where appropriate.

Long-term Care, Retirement Homes

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

  • Chartwell Royal Oak
  • Heron Terrace

The Health Unit says 18,889 total tests have been conducted since testing began locally and 455 tests are pending as of Monday.

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