Windsor-Essex sees 52 new COVID-19 cases

A public health nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine. (File photo supplied by Southwestern Public Health)

Health officials in Windsor-Essex reported an increase of 52 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

According to the local health unit, 26 cases are close contacts of confirmed cases and 11 are community-acquired. The remaining 15 cases are still under investigation.

The overall case count in Windsor-Essex is now at 16,063. As of Saturday, there are 535 active cases, 200 of which are variants of concern cases. There are also 19 hospitalizations.

There were 42 more recoveries reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the number of resolved cases up to 15,289.

The number of outbreaks at local workplaces went down by one on Saturday for a total of five. There is also one community outbreak remaining at Southwest Detention Centre

Meanwhile, there were no new deaths reported on Saturday, with the death toll in the region remaining at 421.

There was also a significant jump in the number of vaccines administered over the past 24 hours.

As of Saturday, 196,736 residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, up from 178,197 on Friday.

Across Ontario, provincial health officials reported 2,584 new cases on Saturday, 24 more deaths and 3,063 additional recoveries. Currently, there are 1,546 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province. As of Friday night, the province had administered over 6.9 million doses of the vaccine.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliot, the province recorded a new record of over 150,000 vaccines administered in a single day.