52 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex On Saturday

Saturday May 15th, 2021

Posted at 10:36am


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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit announced 52 new cases of COVID-19 in Windsor and Essex County on Saturday, bringing the local total to 16,063.

New Cases

Cases increased from 16,011 on Friday May 14th to 16,063 on Saturday May 15th and 353 cases of COVID-19 are currently active in Windsor-Essex.

The Health Unit says 26 cases are close contacts of confirmed cases, 11 cases are community acquired, and the acquisition sources of 15 cases are still being investigated by the Health Unit’s contact tracing staff.

Variants of Concern

The Health Unit says 1,371 preliminary or confirmed variant of concern cases have been identified to date (an increase of 40 identified since yesterday).

Variant case totals:

  • 1,274 of the total variant cases to date have been the U.K. Variant (B.1.1.7) (increase of 31 identified since yesterday)
  • 3 of the total variant cases to date have been the South African Variant (B.1.351)
  • 4 of the total variant cases to date have been the Brazilian Variant (P.1)

The Health Unit says there is a time delay of several days between specimen collection, preliminary screening, and confirmation of a variant case’s strain.

They say 200 variants of concern cases are currently active active in Windsor-Essex.


Here’s the Health Unit’s vaccination update for today (residents of Windsor-Essex):

  • 196,736 people have received at least one dose of a vaccine (+3,720 since yesterday)
    • 181,719 people have received only their first dose of a vaccine (+3,522 since yesterday)
    • 15,017 people have received both doses of a vaccine (+198 since yesterday)
  • A total of 211,753 vaccine doses have been administered to Windsor-Essex County residents (+3,918 since yesterday)

The Health Unit says Windsor-Essex’s total population in 2021 is approximately 438,001. As of today, 44.91 per cent of Windsor-Essex residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Getting A Vaccine (1st Dose)

There are two vaccination programs at this time:

  • Mass Vaccination Clinics (Pfizer or Moderna)
    • Those eligible include:
      • Adults aged 30 and older in 2021 living anywhere in Windsor-Essex
      • Adults aged 18 and older, living in “hot spot” postal code regions: N8X, N8Y, N9A, N9B, N9C, N8H, or N9Y
      • Pregnant individuals
      • People with the “highest risk”, “high risk” and “at risk” health conditions
      • Healthcare workers in the “highest priority”, “very high priority” or “high priority” groups
      • Essential Workers Who Cannot Work from Home (Group 1 & Group 2)
    • See the province’s eligibility guide for full definitions of conditions and groups.
    • Vaccination booking is available at this link: https://wait.crowdhandler.com/wechuvaccination
    • Or you can call 226-773-2200 (but the Health Unit says the call centre is only for assisting people who can’t use the website and the call centre has the same access to appointments as what’s shown on the website)
  • Pharmacy Vaccinations (Moderna)
    • Adults aged 18 and older, living in “hot spot” postal code regions: N8X, N8Y, N9A, N9B, N9C, N8H, or N9Y can make an appointment with a participating pharmacy.
    • Please note: Despite the province’s website stating the Moderna vaccine is available to adults 18 and over with no location restrictions, the Windsor Essex County Health Unit has directed that it is only available locally to residents living in hot spot postal codes.
    • See the province’s pharmacy list and contact your chosen pharmacy directly to make an appointment: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations/moderna

For more information about vaccines and vaccination locally, visit WEVax.ca.

Getting A Vaccine (2nd Dose)

The Health Unit is now inviting healthcare workers in the “highest priority” category, along with staff and essential caregivers of long-term care and retirement homes to book their second doses.

Health Unit CEO Theresa Marentette says people in these priority groups are able to book an earlier appointment from what was previously scheduled and must call the call centre at 226-773-2200 to book.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health says the Health Unit will soon be reaching out to people who are due for their second doses. He says the Health Unit will be reaching out through “multiple channels” including phone calls and post cards, around two to three weeks in advance.

Resolved Cases

The Health Unit lists 15,289 total resolved cases.

That’s an increase of 42 resolved cases since yesterday.


There have been no additional deaths from COVID-19 today and the local death toll stands at 421.


The Health Unit lists 19 hospitalizations of people from Windsor-Essex today: 16 people in acute care (decrease of 4 today), and 3 people in the ICU with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor Essex.

Cases listed on local hospital websites (note: these numbers are not updated at the same time as the Health Unit’s):

Workplace Outbreaks

  • 2 outbreaks at healthcare and social assistance workplaces in Windsor (1 outbreak is positive for the U.K. Variant B.1.1.7)
  • 1 outbreak at a manufacturing workplace in Windsor (positive for the U.K. Variant B.1.1.7)
  • 1 outbreak at a mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
  • 1 outbreak at a retail workplace in Windsor (positive for the U.K. Variant B.1.1.7) (1 less outbreak today)

Community Outbreaks

  • Southwest Detention Centre

School Outbreaks

  • No current school outbreaks.

Hospital Outbreaks

  • No current hospital outbreaks.

Long-term Care / Retirement Home Outbreaks

  • No current outbreaks.

Note: windsoriteDOTca News makes every effort to track the changes in COVID-19 data each day. These numbers are subject to change as the Health Unit makes changes to their numbers throughout each day, and errors and omissions sometimes occur with their data. Please see this page for the latest, most up to date data throughout each day.

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