UPDATED: 53 New Cases Of COVID-19, 1 New Outbreak In Windsor Essex As Of Friday

Friday July 24th, 2020

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Last updated: Friday July 24th, 10:26am

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 53 new cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, bringing the local total to 2,124. They say 1,365 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 2,071 on Thursday July 23rd to 2,124 on Friday July 24th.

The Health Unit says 43 of the 53 cases are agri-farm workers, 5 cases are from the community, and 5 cases are under investigation.

There have been no additional deaths due to COVID-19 as of Friday and the local death toll stands at 69.

As of Friday, 15 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Windsor Essex, according to the Health Unit, and 9 hospitalizations are listed at Windsor Regional Hospital.

The Health Unit says Chartwell Leamington, a retirement home on Henry Avenue, is now under outbreak after two staff members tested positive. They say Village of Aspen Lake and Augustine Villas remain under outbreak.

A total of 10 workplaces are under outbreak in Essex County. The Health Unit’s website lists two manufacturing facilities, one in Windsor and one in Leamington under outbreak, and eight agri-farms, six in Kingsville and two in Leamington under outbreak.

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.

Possible Walmart Outbreak

Responding to reports about a possible outbreak at two local Walmart stores, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health says four workers who tested positive for COVID-19 are actually household contacts of each other. He says the four workers are students and the acquisition primarily happened at their home.

The stores are not considered under outbreak at this time, based on the Health Unit’s outbreak criteria, but Dr. Ahmed says the Health Unit is investigating the situation closely.  “We are still trying to figure out if any of them worked while they were infectious at the Walmarts,” he said.

Dr. Ahmed says shopping at stores can still be safe if proper precautions are taken.

“My message has always been if you’re going to any of these commercial establishments, by default you should assume that anyone you are interacting with or anyone you’re coming in contact with could potentially have COVID so you always do everything that you need to do,” he said.

He says shoppers should clean their hands when entering stores, limit what they touch, and when leaving the establishment, shoppers should clean their hands again. He says taking all those measures “eliminates any risk that you could potentially have in any of those commercial establishments.”

Weekly Epidemiological Summary

Dr. Ahmed says Windsor-Essex is seeing more cases outside of the agri-farm sector; the primary source of exposure is through close contact with confirmed cases; hospitalizations and ICU visits have increased in the last 7 days; and the current rate of transmission (R0) is 0.83 indicating a decrease in transmission in Windsor-Essex.

Confirmed cases by reported date (agri-farm vs non-agri-farm)

Regional and provincial case rates per 100,000 population.

This chart shows the rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population, by municipality.

This graph shows an age breakdown in cases by municipality.

Distribution of cases by municipality since the start of the pandemic.

Distribution of cases by municipality in the last 30 days.

Distribution of cases by municipality in the past week. Dr. Ahmed says Windsor’s cases were going down but are now going up “probably because of the Stage 2 reopening and people not following public health measures.”

Exposure history by reported date (travel, close contact, community transmission).

This graph shows where agri-farm workers acquired COVID-19, by date.

This graph shows where the Windsor Essex community (excluding agri-farm workers) acquired COVID-19, by date.

Hospitalizations including intensive care since May 1st, 2020.

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