9 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex As Of Wednesday

Wednesday July 1st, 2020

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 9 new cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, bringing the local total to 1,611. They say 893 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 1,602 on Tuesday June 30th to 1,611 on Wednesday July 1st.

The Health Unit says 7 of the 9 new cases are from the agri-farm sector, 1 case is a healthcare worker, and 1 case is community based.

There have been no additional deaths due to COVID-19 as of Wednesday and the local death toll stands at 68.

The Health Unit says the outbreak at Village of Aspen Lake has ended, but another long-term care home is now under outbreak.  Devonshire Retirement Residence on Riverside Drive is under outbreak after three staff members tested positive.

Extendicare Tecumseh remains under outbreak with one positive resident.

As of Wednesday, the Health Unit says six workplaces are under outbreak. Four workplaces in Leamington and two workplaces in Kingsville remain under outbreak with two or more cases.

Single Agri-farm Outbreak

The Health Unit has issued an additional order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act prohibiting workers from working at one particular farm that is under outbreak.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health for Windsor Essex says the farm reported 191 cases on Saturday and Sunday which “represents one quarter of the total cases among farm workers in the region since March.”

“The order requires the owner/operator of the farm to ensure the isolation of workers and prohibits them from working until further direction,” he said. “The Ontario government and other partners have committed to supporting and working closely with the farm during the isolation period.”

“It is imperative that we stop the transmission of COVID-19 in this farm and our agricultural sector,” Dr. Ahmed said. “All affected workers must be isolated and their health and wellbeing be monitored before any return to work can be discussed.”

Health Unit manager of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Eric Nadalin clarified that the order applies to all workers at the farm, and not just workers who tested positive.

The Health Unit has not named the farm.

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