UPDATE: Another Death, Four New Cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex


The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has announced another death and four new cases of COVID-19.

The latest victim is a woman in her 90's, a retirement home resident who passed away in the hospital. 

Of the four cases announced Thursday morning, two are the result of close contact to someone with the virus, one is community based while the other is related to travel to Michigan.

During is his daily briefing, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed once again asked the community to do its part to help limit the spread of the virus.

He says the virus can spread quickly.

"This is something that maybe many people understand but there are others who may not truly understand the impact of it," says Dr. Ahmed.  "So one purpose of that is to help everyone realize why some of these messages are critical and why we want to follow those messages."  

He adds school settings will be impacted if there is virus transmission in the community.

"When we're talking about different types of controls for school outbreak, the first thing is to manage and control the outbreak in the community because that's the defining point," says Dr. Ahmed.  "If there is limited transmission or no transmission happening in the community, the likelihood of schools or children going into schools and expose to virus would be low."    

The health unit says 17 people are in the hospital receiving care for the virus while one patient is in the intensive care unit.

This region now has 2,541 confirmed cases since the pandemic began with 74 deaths. 2,376 cases are listed as resolved.

Outbreak protocols are in place at one long-term care or retirement home and at one workplace.

- with files from AM800's Rusty Thomson