WATCH: Family Party to Blame for First Major COVID-19 Community Cluster in Windsor-Essex


The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting the region's first major COVID-19 community cluster.

During his daily briefing, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed says as of Tuesday, there are 31 confirmed cases within the cluster.

16 of those cases are females while 15 are males.

Dr. Ahmed says the cluster started after a local family hosted a party in mid-August.

"They had a party when they could be infectious so that's how we felt it started but technically as I said the symptoms can be mild," says Dr. Ahmed.  "The individuals may not even be aware of that they had any symptoms."      

He adds an investigation is underway but would not say if the family that hosted the party will be issued a violation or if they will be charged.

"At this point all I can say is the purpose of this investigation and this process is to help to explain to people what is happening in the community and how they can be impacted," says Dr. Ahmed.  "I cannot comment on anything specific about any of the event but at this point our focus is ensuring that we are preventing any further spread and transmission in the community." 

Within the cluster, there are 19 confirmed cases in the age bracket of 10 to 19-years-old.

Dr. Ahmed says the recent exposure alerts are linked to the cluster and is encouraging anyone who attended the party to get tested.