Bump in COVID-19 hospitalizations in Windsor-Essex

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Following last week’s advisory that COVID-19 disease activity is on the rise in the region, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported on Monday another increase in hospitalizations related to the novel coronavirus.

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As of Monday, the health unit said 44 people with COVID-19 are in local hospitals — up from 40 last Friday, and 36 last Thursday.

However, only two of those cases are currently under intensive care.

The health unit is now counting 317 active “high risk” cases of COVID-19 in the region.

Two more local COVID-19 deaths have been reported since last Thursday: A man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s, both of whom were residents of long-term care facilities.

To date, 594 people in Windsor-Essex have died due to COVID-19 since March 2020.

The health unit is currently monitoring 15 active outbreak situations, including seven in long-term care facilities or retirement homes, two in hospital units, and six in the community.

The region’s COVID-19 vaccination rate remains relatively unchanged, with 83.4 per cent of residents ages five and older having received at least two doses, and 50.9 per cent of residents ages 12 and older having received a third dose/booster shot.

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