CBC Windsor Oct. 11 COVID-19 replace: 11 new instances over weekend
11 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit over the weekend, eight on Sunday and three on Saturday.
Four of the new cases are in close contact with a confirmed case, two are travel-related, one case is a local health worker, one case is a farm worker, one case is community acquired, and two cases are still under investigation.
On Friday, the health unit reported 21 new positive cases, 17 of which were reported among farm workers, the highest increase in cases in a day since August 18.
The health unit did not disclose the name of the farm this happened on, but said it was in Kingsville. The worker’s accommodation was said to be a factor in the spread of the virus, and others who had close contacts were tested or in bunkhouses with those who tested positive.
There are currently 50 active cases of COVID-19 reported in the region, 2,587 cases have been resolved and 76 people have died as a result of the virus.
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The number in the province remains high. 649 new cases were reported on Sunday.
An epidemiological survey conducted last month predicted that Ontario should hit 1,000 cases a day by mid-October. More than 900 new cases were reported across the province on Friday.
Public exposure notices
On Sunday, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit made the public aware of COVID-19 exposures at a company:
- Walmart at 400 Sandwich St. S. in Amherstburg on September 25-30
The health unit said the risk of exposure is low, but they advise anyone visiting the store on these dates to watch for symptoms for 14 days from the date of exposure.
How and where to book a COVID-19 test
Walk-in tests for the novel coronavirus are no longer available in the province. Anyone in Ontario who needs a COVID-19 test must schedule an appointment at an assessment center or select pharmacies.
According to the province, those wishing to book a test in an assessment center should only do so if they:
- have a symptom of COVID-19
- You are at high risk for someone who has the virus as reported by your health unit or through the COVID Alert app
- is a resident or works in an area with a COVID-19 outbreak
- Residents or workers in nursing homes
- Nursing home visitor
- Residents or workers in homeless shelters
- International students who have exceeded their 14-day quarantine period
- Farm workers
- Individuals who need a COVID-19 test for international travel authorization
- Identify yourself as indigenous
- Residents or workers in other residential areas and institutions
Windsor Regional Hospital operates two assessment centers – one on the hospital’s Ouellette campus and one in the St. Clair College sports complex.
People can no longer come by for testing at these facilities. Instead, they have to book an appointment here online or get support by calling 519-973-4443. These websites are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Erie Shores HealthCare also operates an assessment center based on the same criteria as the Windsor Regional Hospital.
If you’d like to book a test with Erie Shores Healthcare, you can do so online here or call 519-326-2373 (ext 4263). The assessment center in Leamington is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Asymptomatic tests are currently available at three Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies in Windsor.
The person must also fall into one of five categories:
- Living, working, or visiting a long-term care facility.
- Living or volunteering in an animal shelter.
- Have been cleared for international travel.
- An international student who travels to the country to go to school after the 14-day isolation period has expired.
- An indigenous person.
For more information or to find a testing site near you, visit the Ontario COVID-19 testing website.
COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton
Lambton Public Health has not reported a new COVID-19 since last week. There were a total of 347 cases in Lambton County.
25 people have died in the region in the course of the pandemic.
COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent
Chatham-Kent Public Health did not report any new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. There were a total of 371 cases in Chatham-Kent.
The region currently has two active cases.
Three people have died in the region during the pandemic.