WECHU reports two more COVID-19 deaths

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COVID-19 has been linked to two additional deaths in Windsor-Essex.

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit reported a man in his 40s and a man in his 60s passed away after contracting the virus. There have been 409 deaths in the region connected to the illness.

The health unit also announced 40 new cases in the region on Tuesday. Among them are eight close contacts of previously confirmed infections, nine community-acquired cases, and two outbreak-related cases. Case and contact staff continue to investigate 21 cases.

There are currently 398 active cases in the region, of which 114 have been identified as variants of concern.

Local hospitals are treating 18 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, five are receiving treatment in the intensive care unit.

The health unit is monitoring 12 active outbreaks in the community, including seven at workplaces and two community outbreaks.

There are three schools experiencing outbreaks at this time. In total, the health unit has advised 431 students and staff from 15 different schools to isolate themselves after exposure to the virus.

To date, 106,546 individuals in Windsor-Essex have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. To find out more about vaccine eligibility or to book an appointment visit wevax.ca.