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

Thursday July 30th, 2020

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, bringing the local total to 2,285. They say 1,443 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 2,275 on Wednesday July 29th to 2,285 on Thursday July 30th and 724 people are currently self-isolating with COVID-19.

The Health Unit says 3 of the 10 cases are agri-farm workers, 6 cases are from the community, and 1 case is still under investigation.

There have been no additional deaths due to COVID-19 as of Thursday and the local death toll stands at 71.

As of Thursday, 13 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor Essex, according to the Health Unit, and 8 hospitalizations are listed at Windsor Regional Hospital.

The Health Unit lists Chartwell Leamington, Village of Aspen Lake and Augustine Villas as still under outbreak, with two positive staff cases from each.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health says more than 40 local farms have been tested at this point and testing is still ongoing.

Workplace Outbreaks

As of Wednesday, the Health Unit listed the following under outbreak:

  • 6 farms (4 in Kingsville and 2 in Leamington)
  • 5 manufacturing facilities (2 in Windsor, 1 in Tecumseh, 1 in Leamington, and 1 in Kingsville)
  • 1 construction company in Leamington

As of Thursday, the Health Unit says the following are under outbreak:

  • 5 farms (4 in Kingsville and 1 in Leamington)
  • 6 manufacturing facilities (2 in Windsor, 1 in Tecumseh, 1 in Leamington, and 2 in Kingsville)
  • 1 construction company in Leamington

A workplace outbreak is declared when two or more employees test positive for COVID-19 within a reasonable timeline to suspect transmission in the workplace, according to the Health Unit. Officials with the Health Unit have said a workplace will only be named if a threat to the public exists.

Low German-Speaking Population Cases Surge

The Health Unit will be working with local hospitals to conduct active outreach in a “culturally sensitive manner” to the Low German-speaking population in Essex County after a surge in cases.

“Recently we have seen a surge of COVID-19 cases in Low German-speaking communities in Southwestern Ontario, including Windsor Essex,” said Dr. Ahmed. “We recognize that this population is at a higher risk to contract COVID-19 given the traditional cultural gatherings and practices.”

“We want to work with them to ensure that they have all the tools information, access to testing, access to care, to ensure their safety and well-being in the region,” he said.

Dr. Ahmed would not say how many cases there have been or how many deaths are attributed to that community, due to privacy reasons.

But he said the number of cases is significant enough that the Health Unit will be conducting active outreach and that “the extent of spread could get severe.”

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