25 New Cases Of COVID-19, 1 New Outbreak In Windsor Essex As Of Tuesday

Tuesday August 18th, 2020

Posted at 9:37am

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 25 new cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, bringing the local total to 2,449. They say 2,266 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 2,424 on Monday August 17th to 2,449 on Tuesday August 18th and 99 people are currently self-isolating with COVID-19.

The Health Unit says 21 of the 25 cases are agri-farm workers, 3 cases are residents in a retirement home, and 1 case is still under investigation.

Health Unit CEO Theresa Marentette says the new agri-farm cases are close contacts of a case at one agri-farm that is now under outbreak.

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

As of Tuesday, the Health Unit lists 6 people as hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor Essex, and 6 of those hospitalizations are listed at Windsor Regional Hospital.

Two retirement homes remain under outbreak: Shoreview at Riverside (Windsor – 4 staff cases), and New Beginnings (Leamington – 1 staff case, 4 resident cases).

Workplace Outbreaks

As of Monday, the Health Unit listed the following workplaces under outbreak:

  • 2 farms (1 in Kingsville and 1 in Leamington)
  • 1 manufacturing facility (1 in Windsor)

As of Tuesday, the Health Unit says the following workplaces are under outbreak (1 new compared to yesterday):

  • 3 farms (1 in Kingsville and 2 in Leamington)
  • 1 manufacturing facility (1 in Windsor)

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.

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