Community transmission remains low

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit weekly epidemiological report, October 23, 2020.

Over the last week, about a quarter of new COVID-19 cases in Windsor-Essex were contracted through community transmission.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed said this is an indication that some people are not following public health guidelines or there are cases in the community that the health unit is not aware of.

“If you have a larger amount of cases as a result of community transmission it can be more of a risk compared to a large proportion of cases due to close contact,” he said.

On Friday morning, the Windsor Essex County Health Unit reported one new case of COVID-19 in the community. It was a close contact of a previously confirmed case.

There are now 30 active cases in the community. Three people are currently in hospital receiving treatment for COVID-19.

In the last week, an average of 532 people were tested each day at assessment centres in Windsor-Essex. About 46 per cent of people are receiving test results within one day while 88 per cent receive results in two days. About 1 per cent of people tested are positive for COVID-19.