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Local health unit reports 62 new COVID cases

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Taylor Campbell

Publishing date:

Aug 31, 2021  •  42 minutes ago  •  1 minute read  •  7 Comments

The exterior of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is shown in this file photo.
The exterior of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is shown in this file photo. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 62 more COVID-19 infections on Tuesday.

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Of the new cases, 16 are close contacts of confirmed cases, five are community acquired and two are outbreak related. Transmission sources for the remaining 39 cases are still under investigation.

To date, 18,179 local residents have tested positive, including 527 cases that are still active and 439 people who died as a result of COVID. Resolved cases number 17,213, though some of those individuals may be experiencing lasting health impacts from the disease.

Thirteen people who have tested positive are in area hospitals.

Cases of the more highly contagious Delta variant have risen by 12 since Monday, for a total of 957 Delta variant cases. Overall, 2,971 preliminary or confirmed variant of concern cases have been identified, most of them being the Alpha variant (1,834 cases).

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A new workplace outbreak has been declared at another health care and social assistance setting in Windsor. In total, 13 workplaces currently have active COVID outbreaks.

  1. The South West Detention Centre is pictured in this undated file photo.

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  2. Gemma Fontanin, a nursing student at the University of Windsor, administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccine clinic in downtown Windsor, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

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  3. Already facing a “surge” in young people seeking medical attention as the return to school looms, Windsor Regional Hospital is opening a COVID-19 paediatric clinic. The Paediatric Urgent Medical Assessment (PUMA) Clinic will open Tuesday at the former Met Campus COVID-19 Assessment Centre.

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Community outbreaks remain active at the Ciociaro Club in Oldcastle and the South West Detention Centre in Maidstone. An outbreak linked to a wedding involving St. Anne’s Parish in Tecumseh and Pelee Island Winery in Kingsville has been rescinded.

So far, 79.2 per cent of local residents ages 12 and up have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 72.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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