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Leamington calls for a renewal of COVID-19 testing in the community

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported 47 new cases of COVID-19 in the region on Saturday. According to the health unit, 41 of these cases are of workers in the agriculture sector and the rest are from the community. There are a total of 1,926 confirmed cases of the virus in Windsor-Essex County, with 1,303 recoveries.

While the overall graph of the number of COVID cases has been declining, with four new confirmed cases and one possibly affected, there could be another outbreak in the Municipality. Some of these cases may be resulting from ‘one community’ in the area of Leamington. This region now has seven workplace outbreaks, with one added since Friday. The mayor of Leamington, Hilda MacDonald has called for a renewal of testing for coronavirus in the community, to better manage the potential outbreak.

The By-law enforcement officers of Leamington and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are collaboratively working to effectively regulate the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) orders, which include, prohibiting people from accessing some outdoor recreational amenities, attending organized public events, social gatherings or religious services of more than ten people and the operation of some businesses.

The Municipality is collaborating with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU), the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada to closely monitor updates regarding the coronavirus outbreak. The local hospitals, emergency services and other local health agencies are also collaborating with the WECHU for an increased effect of reporting and pursuing individuals who may require testing for COVID-19.

While we are getting better at understanding most part of this virus, there have been some concerns raised in other regions as well that paint a very vivid picture of our understanding and knowledge. Usually infants and young children are known to do well with this virus. However, a newborn baby has tested positive for COVID-19 after an outbreak at Neonatal intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital, Vancouver. The doctor assures the child has no symptoms of COVID-19. Nonetheless, several people in that unit have tested positive. An investigation on how the virus got into such a sensitive environment is in progress.





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