6 New Cases Of COVID-19, 1 Less Outbreak In Windsor Essex As Of Monday

Monday August 17th, 2020

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Last updated: Monday August 17th, 10:40am

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 6 new cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, bringing the local total to 2,424. They say 2,251 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 2,418 on Sunday August 16th to 2,424 on Monday August 17th and 91 people are currently self-isolating with COVID-19.

The Health Unit says 2 of the 6 cases are agri-farm workers, 1 case is a resident at a retirement home, and 3 cases are in the community.

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

As of Monday, 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), and New Beginnings (Leamington).

Workplace Outbreaks

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

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

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

  • 2 farms (1 in Kingsville and 1 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.

Maskless Shopping Trip

Responding to a question about a maskless group shopping trip planned by a local Facebook group where participants would visit Devonshire Mall this coming weekend, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health said the planned event is a “blatant disregard of the law” and noted the maskless event would be a violation of the Health Unit’s Section 22 mask order along with the City of Windsor’s mask bylaw.

“People can do whatever they want in their own personal space, no one is questioning them, but when we are talking about any kind of public space…it’s just a violation of the law and should be dealt with accordingly,” he said.

Dr. Ahmed says the Health Unit has typically “worked with our local area police for these type of events.”

“The idea is we don’t want to penalize anyone, but any disregard of the applicable law, it is a concern, and we definitely want to make sure that the police, the bylaw [enforcement officers], our people, they’re all working together to keep our community safe,” he said. “We definitely don’t want to see any cases, and we definitely don’t want to see any disregard of the law as well.”

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