COVID-19 transmission at its lowest in Windsor Essex

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed presents the latest epidemiological study, September 25, 2020.

The transmission of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex is at its lowest rate since March.

According to the latest epidemiological study by the Windsor Essex County Health Unit, the transmission rate or r-naught value continues to decline.

“Our r-naught effective is 0.21 which is the lowest that we have seen, indicating a decrease in transmission in Windsor-Essex and we would like to keep it that way,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed.

When the r-naught value is less than one, every infection is causing less than one new infection. This signals a decrease in virus activity in the region.

The health unit reported five new cases of COVID-19 on Friday morning. Among the new cases are two close contacts, a local health care worker, and one agri-farm worker. One case remains under investigation.

There are now 76 active cases in the community and three people are in hospital. The community has lost 76 people due to COVID-19, or 3 per cent of confirmed cases in the region.

Ontario is reporting 409 cases of COVID-19 Friday with more than 41,800 tests completed. There are 204 new cases in Toronto with 66 in Peel and 40 in Ottawa.