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Local health unit reports 76 new COVID-19 cases over two days

Local health unit reports 76 new COVID-19 cases over two days

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An additional 76 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Windsor and Essex on Wednesday, but the local health unit said that number actually covers a two-day period.

A system issue resulted in 33 positive cases that should have been reported on Tuesday being included in Wednesday’s infection count, said health unit CEO Theresa Marentette. The remaining 43 cases would have been reported on Wednesday regardless of the issue.

Twelve of the 76 cases are close contacts of people who previously tested positive, 14 are related to outbreaks, 14 are attributed to community spread, and two are travel-related. The sources of transmission for the remaining 34 cases are still under investigation by Windsor-Essex County Health Unit staff.

Since March, 12,682 local residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 11,999 cases are considered resolved and 328 are active. The remaining 355 died as a result of the disease.

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There are 43 people with COVID-19 in local hospitals, and 10 of those people are in intensive care.

The health unit also provided an update on the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in the region. So far, 2,191 people have received only a first dose of the vaccine, while 9,888 have received two doses.

Although no local schools are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, 82 staff and students from four cohorts have been dismissed and directed to self-isolate following possible classroom exposures.

Active outbreaks were reported by the health unit at 11 locations across Windsor-Essex.

A new community outbreak was declared at the Salvation Army, which previously endured an outbreak from Dec. 27 until Jan. 14. There are also community outbreaks at the Downtown Mission and Kensington Court Retirement Residence.

Workplace outbreaks were rescinded Wednesday at two Leamington farms, one health-care and social assistance setting in Tecumseh, one personal service setting in Windsor, and two manufacturing facilities in Windsor and Tecumseh.

The only two workplaces with active outbreaks are one manufacturing facility in Windsor and another in Tecumseh.

This chart from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit shows the local long-term care and retirement homes with active COVID-19 outbreaks as of Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Photo by Via the WECHU /Windsor Star

A retirement home outbreak at Augustine Villas in Kingsville has been rescinded. That outbreak was declared on Dec. 26 and saw positive cases among 66 residents and 20 staff members.

There are still active long-term care and retirement home outbreaks in Leamington at Franklin Gardens and Rosewood Erie Glen, and in Windsor at Heron Terrace, Regency Park, Devonshire Retirement Residence, and the Village at St. Clair.

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All previous hospital outbreaks had been rescinded, but Windsor Regional Hospital on Wednesday night announced a new outbreak at its Ouellette campus clinical teaching unit. Three patients were identified as COVID-19 positive, with additional patients and staff in the process of being tested.

Although Windsor and Essex County have moved into the red level of the province’s COVID-19 response framework, the health unit still advises residents to avoid close contact with anyone who doesn’t live with them and maintain two metres of physical distance from others.

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