Windsor-Essex exceeds 6,000 COVID-19 cases

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The local spread of the virus has accelerated. It took Windsor-Essex just six days to get its most recent 1,000 new cases.

Before that, it took 10 days for the region to go from 4,000 cases to 5,000 cases, and 25 days to go from 3,000 to 4,000 cases.

Of the 6,073 local residents who have tested positive since March, 1,186 cases are active and are being followed by staff at the public health unit.

There are 33 sites in Windsor and Essex County with active outbreaks of the novel coronavirus.

Eight are farms – four in Leamington and four in Kingsville – and one is a manufacturing plant in Tecumseh. Two health care and social assistance companies in Windsor and Essex also have outbreaks.

The local health unit continues to monitor community outbreaks at Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario, Manor Lodge House and Victoria Manor.

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An outbreak has been declared at St. Mary’s Catholic French Immersion Elementary School, where at least three members of a single class cohort have tested positive. The class was previously dismissed and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

An outbreak at LA Desmarais Catholic Elementary School is also active.

Windsor Regional Hospital is facing two outbreaks of COVID-19 on its Met campus – one on the sixth floor north unit (6th floor) and one on the fourth floor north unit (4th floor). The epidemic at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is also ongoing.

Fourteen long-term care homes and retirement homes have active COVID-19 outbreaks.

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