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Windsor-Essex public health to monitor effects of loosened COVID-19 measures

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 43 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday. (Sanjay Maru/CBC - image credit)
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 43 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday. (Sanjay Maru/CBC - image credit)

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says it will be looking at the impact of newly loosened COVID-19 restrictions across the province.

"At this point, our main goal is monitoring to see what the effect of these relaxations will be in the Windsor-Essex community," Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, acting medical officer of health, told reporters in a virtual briefing on Monday.

On Friday, the province released a tentative timeline for the easing of pandemic rules, including the rescinding of vaccination and masking requirements early next year.

The new plan started Monday with the lifting of capacity limits in most settings where proof of vaccination is required, including restaurants, casinos and gyms.

The health unit has the power to enact additional public health rules on a local level if necessary. Right now, COVID-19 indicators are trending in the right direction, said CEO Nicole Dupuis.

Public health reported Monday a three-day total of 43 new cases. There were 19 cases on Saturday, 11 on Sunday and 13 on Monday.

COVID-19 has also claimed one more life in the region, that of a man in his 60s.

Currently, 161 cases are considered active, the lowest number since August. A dozen people who have COVID-19 are in hospital.

A total of 17 outbreaks are ongoing in the region. Six of the outbreaks are in workplaces:

  • One outbreak in the agricultural sector.

  • One in the construction sector

  • Three in the health care and social assistance sector.

  • One in retail.

There's an outbreak ongoing at the Downtown Mission, along with Augustine Villas in Kingsville.

Outbreaks are affecting the following nine schools:

  • Tecumseh Vista Academy.

  • St. Angela Catholic Elementary School.

  • Mount Carmel Blytheswood Public School.

  • Giles Campus French Immersion Public School.

  • Colchester North Public School.

  • Leamington District Secondary School.

  • West Gate Public School.

  • St. Anne French Immersion Catholic School.

  • Marlborough Public School.

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