WINDSOR, ONT -- The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 17 new cases of COVID-19 in the region on Tuesday.

That’s a sharp increase compared to recent weeks. The seven-day moving average has been around 5 new cases in Windsor-Essex, with only one new case reported on Monday.

Windsor-Essex has had a total of 2,812 confirmed cases of the virus, including 2692 people who have recovered.

Here’s the breakdown of new cases:

  • 12 cases are close contacts of confirmed cases
  • 3 cases are community acquired
  • 2 cases are still being investigated

The health unit says 44 cases are considered active in the region.

WECHU says there are still two outbreaks - one in the food and beverage industry in Kingsville and one in a construction workplace in Lakeshore. There are no reported outbreaks at local schools or long term care homes.

There have been 76 deaths related to COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex. Fifty-three deaths are related to residents in retirement or long-term care homes and two are related to migrant workers.