Variants increase, 28 new COVID-19 cases reported in Windsor-Essex
Windsor Essex County Health Unit in Windsor, Ont., on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Chris Campbell / CTV Windsor)
WINDSOR, ONT. -- The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 28 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death.
The death toll related to COVID-19 is at 403 people.
The person who died was a man in his 60s from a long-term care home.
“This particular individual had a long history of illness,” says medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed, who added he doesn’t know if the man was vaccinated.
WECHU is reporting three COVID-19 clusters and 30 cases linked to funerals.
The health unit says 69 local Variant of Concern (VOC) cases have been identified in Windsor-Essex. That’s an increase of 10 from Monday.
“I don’t think it’s associated with a cluster, I think it’s just results coming back, which all of these tests are now being tested for the variant of concern and it’s just reported as soon as it becomes available to us,” says Ahmed.
Ahmed also talked about the AstraZeneca vaccine, saying the new restrictions are no reason to panic.
Windsor-Essex has had a total of 13,837 confirmed cases of the virus, including 13,143 people who have recovered.
Here’s the breakdown of new cases:
- 10 cases are close contacts of confirmed cases
- 7 cases are community acquired
- 11 cases are still under investigation
The health unit reports 291 cases are considered active. There are 19 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the hospital and five people are in the ICU.
There are 10 outbreaks in the region, including five at workplaces, four community outbreaks and one at W.F. Herman Secondary School.
Here’s the number of Windsor-Essex County residents vaccinated:
- 75,407 WEC residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine
- 63,325 WEC residents have received only 1 dose of a vaccine
- 12,082 WEC residents have received both doses of a vaccine
- A total of 87,489 doses have been administered to WEC residents.