The Windsor Essex County Health Unit reported seven new cases of COVID-19 for our region Tuesday, and another person has died.
A woman in her 70s who was a resident of a long-term care home died on Monday, said medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed.
One of the seven new cases is a farm worker, and the other six people who have tested positive were “community cases” said Ahmed.
The health unit is no longer providing updated numbers on how many tests have been taken or how many are pending. Ahmed said it’s because there are multiple testing centres and the information they provide daily will not be accurate.
He said the province’s broader testing strategy will be lead by the Ministry of Health along with its partners, and public health work is moving toward “case and contact management.”
On Monday, the health unit reported that two people have died due to COVID-19, and one of them was the youngest victim to the disease our region has seen.
A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a long-term care home died at the Windsor Regional Hospital’s field hospital set up at St. Clair College.
A 31-year-old migrant farm worker from Mexico died Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19 on May 21.
On Tuesday, Ahmed said the health unit is testing migrant workers when appropriate but it’s a group of more than 8,000 people locally, and he said the ministry needs to provide the health unit with more information on how to proceed.
This comes after Premier Doug Ford said Monday that all migrant workers should be tested.