UPDATE: 44 COVID-19 Cases in Windsor-Essex

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WINDSOR — There are now 44 positive COVID-19 cases in Windsor-Essex, an increase from 25 cases on Sunday.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reports 862 people have been tested with 492 results pending.

Of those positive cases, about half are between the ages of 40 and 59 with 60 percent of them being male.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed notes there has been a signfiicant increase in the number of cases so the likelihood of community transmission is high.

"Most of these positive cases that were reported in the last two days, were in isolation and were tested last week or the week before," he says. "Anyone who is tested this week and tests positive will be an indicator of success of how aggressive physical distancing measures to flatten the curve is working or not."

There are eight people currently in hospital.

He says the likelihood of community transmission now is high.

"It is bad because all these measures we are putting into place, they are there to prevent community transmission and if it is happening that means the measures aren't working or people are not following them," he says. 

He points out there are people who were told to self isolate and didn't follow the instructions saying "it is important for those people to realize that maybe they are fine or have mild symptoms but they are putting other people at risk."

He says people who are tested now, should be able to get their results in 24 to 48 hours.