51 new COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Windsor, Photo by Mark Brown, WindsorNewsToday.ca.

A day after recommending school boards in the region hold off on introducing extracurricular activities, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting 51 new cases of COVID-19.

The health unit wants the school boards to wait until October 1 before starting sports, clubs, field trips, in-person school assemblies, and even in-person staff meetings.

Other recommendations include mandatory masks for all students starting in Junior Kindergarten.

Of Wednesday’s cases, 36 remain under investigation to find out where those people were infected. Another six infections were traced back to the community, five are from close contacts with another confirmed case, and four are related to outbreaks.

The region still has over 500 active cases. Public health officials reported 509, of which 266 involve a variant of concern.

There are currently 16 people in the hospital with the virus, an increase of five from Tuesday. On Tuesday, Windsor Regional Hospital said nine were not vaccinated, including three in intensive care.

There are 14 outbreaks at workplaces and three more in the community.

As of Wednesday, 72.3 per cent of Windsor-Essex residents aged 12 and up had received both shots of the vaccine. That’s 274,227 people. There are another 26,554 who have had just one dose.

Across Ontario, the province reported 656 new case of the virus today and 13 deaths.  Six of those fatalities were months ago but were added to the total on Wednesday as part of an ongoing data cleanup.

As of Wednesday, there were 5,861 people with an active infection across the province.