Windsor-Essex reported four new cases of COVID-19 today. Two of the cases were a result of close contact from a confirmed case and two were community acquired. This brings our local total up to 2,825 cases with 42 active cases. Ontario reported 896 new cases of COVID-19, as compared to 934 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, 834 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, 827 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and 851 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The province’s labs processed 41,000 tests within the last 24 hours, and the positivity rate sits at 2.2 percent.
A cohort at St. Anne’s French Immersion School has been dismissed after a high-risk exposure with a student testing positive for COVID-19. Twenty-four of the students were in the same class and seven students were in the same bussing cohort. The school remains open, and parents have been notified that unless they receive a call from the Health Unit, their child was not affected by the exposure.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has revealed a new local pandemic status tool on their website to help determine local response measures. The status is categorized into three areas/colours: low-risk (yellow), medium-risk (orange), and high-risk (red). As of today, our area is considered under medium-risk as result of a mild increase in community transmission within the last week. The tool is intended to help residents and businesses make informed decisions about their day-to-day activities in order to reduce COVID-19 transmission risk. To learn more about the new system, click here: https://www.wechu.org/cv/covid-19-monitoring-indicators.
I hope that everyone has a good weekend and a safe and happy Halloween. Here is a link from the Windsor Essex Health Unit outlining low and high-risk Halloween activities: https://www.wechu.org/cv/safety-recommendations-celebrating-halloween. Please continue to stay safe by washing your hands frequently, practicing physical distancing of 2 metres apart, and wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible and where otherwise required.