7 New Cases Of COVID-19, 1 New Possible Public Exposure In Windsor Essex As Of Saturday

Saturday September 12th, 2020

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 7 new cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday, bringing the local total to 2,579. They say 2,424 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 2,572 on Friday September 11th to 2,579 on Saturday September 12th and 74 people are currently self-isolating with COVID-19.

The Health Unit says 4 cases are close contacts of a confirmed case, 1 case is due to community exposure, and 2 cases are still under investigation.

There have been no additional deaths due to COVID-19 as of Saturday and the local death toll stands at 76.

As of Saturday, the Health Unit lists zero people hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor Essex. Zero hospitalizations are also listed at Windsor Regional Hospital.

Dolce Vita retirement home in Windsor remains under outbreak with 1 staff case, and 1 resident case, New Beginnings retirement home in Leamington remains under outbreak with 7 staff cases and 21 resident cases, and Rosewood Erie Glen in Leamington remains under outbreak with 1 staff case.

Workplace Outbreaks

As of Saturday, 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.

New Possible Exposure

The Health Unit is alerting the public to one more possible public COVID-19 exposure as of Saturday.

The possible exposure took place on Tuesday September 8th at a fitness facility in LaSalle.

The Health Unit lists locations open to the public where a positive case of COVID-19 worked, visited, or attended during their infectious period when it is determined there was a risk of public exposure, and when the Health Unit is not able to contact everyone who may have been exposed.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health for Windsor Essex said last week the local exposures listed are not about the businesses themselves but rather are about people who visited places while they were possibly contagious.

“It’s not a reflection of how the businesses were performing, it’s about the public who visited these facilities,” he said. “I just want to re-emphasize it’s not a reflection of the business.”

The Health Unit says the potential exposures listed are considered low risk, however as a precaution they ask anyone who visited any of the locations on the identified dates to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for fourteen days from the date of exposure.

Anyone with symptoms is asked to stay home and take the Health Unit’s online self-assessment tool.

You can find the updated list here.

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