5 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex As Of Thursday, 2nd Community Cluster Information

Thursday September 17th, 2020

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 5 new cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, bringing the local total to 2,613. They say 2,442 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 2,608 on Wednesday September 16th to 2,613 on Thursday September 17th and 90 people are currently self-isolating with COVID-19.

The Health Unit says 1 case is a close contact of a confirmed case, 3 cases are community acquired, 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 76.

As of Thursday, the Health Unit lists 1 person as hospitalized with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Windsor Essex, and 1 hospitalization is listed at Windsor Regional Hospital.

Retirement Home Outbreaks

The Health Unit lists three retirement homes under outbreak:

  • Dolce Vita (Windsor) has 2 staff cases and 4 resident cases
  • New Beginnings (Leamington) has 7 staff cases and 21 resident cases
  • Rosewood Erie Glen (Leamington) has 1 staff case

Workplace Outbreaks

As of Thursday, the Health Unit says there are no workplace outbreaks.

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.

Second Community Cluster

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health provided details on Thursday about the region’s second community cluster of COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Ahmed said in late August / early September a family gathering took place in the Collingwood / Blue Mountain area. Following that event, Dr. Ahmed says, some family members ended up attending another family gathering outside of Windsor Essex.

He said one of those exposed had a celebration with friends at a restaurant, and later, as a group, all went to a cottage in the Tobermory area.

Dr. Ahmed said another case from the initial event attended a card game resulting in two more cases.

One of the cases later attended a local restaurant.

The cluster resulted in 19 confirmed cases and 1 probable case. Seventy per cent of the cases are aged between 20 and 29 and seventy-five per cent of cases are male. Ninety per cent of the cases live in Windsor, five per cent live in Amherstburg and five per cent live in Oldcastle. Three cases are already considered closed. All of the cases so far have been close contacts.

Dr. Ahmed warned that private parties and social gatherings can lead to a large number of cases very quickly.

“A number of low risk events resulted in a number of exposures,” he said.

He also noted that the Health Unit couldn’t link the initial exposure to anyone or any event in Windsor Essex.

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