Five new COVID-19 cases reported in Windsor

Medical Officer of Health for Windsor-Essex Doctor Wajid Ahmed

Social gatherings remind MOH of second wave of the 1918 flu pandemic

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in one of its schools. Medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed says numerous municipal bylaws would apply to libraries, but the health unit wanted to ensure the order was clear for all libraries throughout the region.

There have been 76 deaths related to COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex.

"If we act now, we can have a controlled second wave where we can protect many, many lives".

"The second wave will come", Ahmed said.

Out of the new cases, three are from retirement homes, one is from global travel and one is a close contact.

The province reported 251 new cases and four new deaths. "Potentially any of them could be a case", Ahmed said. On Monday, Ontario reported its highest number in 14 weeks, 313.

It's the first case to be reported in a school in the Windsor-Essex region. Ahmed attributed the rise in cases to Labour Day festivities where the virus spread between large groups of people. "I know people don't want to hear that, people don't want to follow recommendations because they've been doing it for (so) long, but you have to remember what is at stake". Just think about it. While the Windsor Public Library has a mask rule, Ahmed said many county libraries are covered under municipal bylaws, and some of them do not require face coverings in libraries.

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