The COVID-19 death count in Windsor-Essex rose by three more deaths over the course of five days, according to Tuesday’s update by the health unit.
From May 12 to May 17, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit recorded the passing of three local seniors due to COVID-19 — with one woman in her 70s, one woman in her 80s, and one man in his 80s.
The women were residents of the community while the man was a resident of a long-term care facility.
The three deaths brings the region’s total COVID-19 toll since March 2020 to 623 people.
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As of Tuesday, the WECHU is counting 147 active “high risk” cases in the region.
There are currently 26 COVID-19 patients in local hospitals, with three patients under intensive care.
The health unit is also counting 13 active outbreak situations: nine at long-term care facilities or retirement homes, one in a hospital unit, and three in the community.
The regional COVID-19 vaccination rate stands at 83.9 per cent of all Windsor-Essex residents ages five and older having received at least two doses, and 51.9 per cent of residents ages 12 and older having received a third dose/booster.
To date, 25,406 area residents have received a fourth dose.