Windsor Star


30% of locals vaccinated


The local medical officer of health focused on the positive Thursday as Windsor-essex surpassed 15,000 total COVID -19 infections.

“We are looking at the silver lining at this time — we are continuing to roll out the vaccine in the region and we are covering a large number of people,” said Dr. Wajid Ahmed.

More than 30 per cent of Windsor-essex residents (130,897) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine so far, with more needles going into arms each day. However, vaccinatio­n alone is not the pandemic's solution, he said. Good case and contact management, and containing any cases in the community, are also important.

A “really scary” infection surge in December and January, when the region's case count rose by more than 8,000, “deflated us,” he said.

Spread slowed significan­tly in February and March, when roughly 1,700 cases were recorded.

More than 1,100 people have tested positive so far in April.

“It's unfortunat­e that we continue to see cases increasing in our community. We all have to do our part to make sure that we can reduce the transmissi­on and get the first available vaccine that's available to us.”

Another COVID death was announced on Thursday. A woman in her 80s who lived in a retirement home succumbed to complicati­ons brought on by the disease, which she reportedly contracted months ago and had been battling the effects of ever since.

To date, 412 Windsor-essex residents have died as a result of COVID.

Since March of 2020, 15,022 area residents have tested positive. Roughly 14,100 of those cases are considered resolved, though some of those individual­s may be suffering lasting health impacts from the disease.

The health unit also reported 57 new COVID -19 cases on Thursday. Ten were attributed to community transmissi­on, 22 were close contacts of confirmed cases, one was related to an outbreak, and one was related to travel outside of North America.

The remaining 23 cases were still under investigat­ion at the time of reporting.

Of the 478 local cases currently active, 20 are in hospital and three of those individual­s are in intensive care.

Variants of concern continue to rise. Forty-five additional variant cases were identified in the region on Thursday, bringing the total to 635 more highly contagious variant cases — 562 cases of the variant first identified in the U.K., two of the variant first identified in South Africa, and 71 that have yet to be categorize­d.

Workplace outbreaks are now active at eight locations across the region: two farms in Leamington, a constructi­on business in Windsor, three health care and social assistance settings in Windsor, and two manufactur­ing facilities in Windsor and Tecumseh.

The health unit has declared a new school outbreak at Amherstbur­g Public Elementary School. Ahmed said one case at the school was identified almost a week ago and was deemed low risk. Although students have not been in the classroom since April 9, health unit investigat­ors determined a second case identified more recently may have been transmitte­d at the school, resulting in the outbreak declaratio­n.

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