21 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Windsor-Essex
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit office in Windsor, Ont., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. (Alana Hadadean / CTV Windsor)
WINDSOR, ONT. -- The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 21 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.
Since March, the region has had 2,306 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1443 people who have recovered.
WECHU says 11 new cases are in the community, seven cases are in the agri-farm sector, and three are still under investigation.
Thirteen people are in the hospital.
Windsor-Essex medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed provided his weekly summary of statistics for the region on Friday.
The health unit released a new map indicating which parts of Windsor-Essex had the most cases.
Leamington and Kingsville had the most cases, but the map shows cases sprinkled across the region.
Ahmed says he doesn’t want residents to be vigilant in all areas and not feel a false sense of security.
“One of the biggest concerns is sharing that detail is not reflective of which neighbourhood is safe or which neighbourhood is worse. It’s just an indication of where they are living,” says Ahmed, who adds the situation changes day to day.
Ahmed says the data for Windsor-Essex now shows the cases aren’t just in the farms and community spread is rising.
For the second week in a row, Windsor has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the province.
There are 12 Windsor-Essex workplaces experiencing outbreaks - six agricultural facilities in Kingsville and Leamington, five manufacturing facilities in Windsor, Leamington, Tecumseh and Kingsville and one construction company in Leamington.
There are currently three long-term care or retirement homes in outbreak status – Village of Aspen Lakes and Augustine Villas in Kingsville and Chartwell in Leamington.
There have been 71 people who have died in the region related to the virus. Forty-nine deaths have occurred among residents in long-term care homes and two are related to migrant workers.