The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is issuing several more warnings about possible exposures to COVID-19.
On Saturday it warned the public that an employee at the Spirit Halloween store in Devonshire Mall had tested positive for COVID-19.
The employee was at work as recently as Aug. 25.
The public health unit said all the proper precautions were taken by the store, and the employee had been wearing a face covering.
"While the risk of exposure is low, the WECHU is notifying the public because there is a potential risk of COVID-19 exposure to the customers who visited this store on the specified date," a release from the health unit read.
On Sunday, the health unit said individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 attended two businesses while they were infectious.
The affected businesses and dates include:
- Xanadu Gym at 446 Advance Blvd in Tecumseh on Aug. 19, 20, 21, 25 and 26.
- Tim Hortons at 5775 Malden Road in Windsor on Aug, 25.
"Both locations have taken proper precautions and both facilities have voluntarily closed for cleaning," a release from the health unit said Sunday.
Businesses unhappy with notification procedure
On Friday the unit issued another exposure warning, after two people tested positive after attending two restaurants in Kingsville and a vineyard in Harrow.
The health unit said that on Aug. 21 two symptomatic people were at Wineology on 19 Main St. E. and El Diablo on 16 Main St. W. in Kingsville and Muscedere Vineyards on County Rd. 18.
The health unit said it would be refining its process after businesses expressed concerns about how they were notified.
The public health unit recommends any customers that visited any of the businesses on the dates provided to complete an online self-assessment and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
In all cases the health unit said it would be "identifying close contacts of the positive cases through contact tracing efforts, and will notify close contacts directly to provide further direction."
The health unit also said 24 new positive cases of COVID-19 were detected in Windsor-Essex County for Saturday and Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 2,517.
Eighteen of those cases are due to close contact with a confirmed case, one case is a resident of a retirement home and several cases remain under investigation, according to information provided by the public health unit.
New Beginnings in Leamington remains the only seniors' facility in outbreak.
There are currently two workplace outbreaks being reported — one is in the agricultural sector in Leamington and the other is within the manufacturing sector in Windsor.
Five people are currently hospitalized because of the virus, 71 are in self-isolation and 2,366 cases have been resolved.
In all, 72 people have died because of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex County.
3rd assessment centre to open
Starting Thursday, Windsor Regional Hospital plans to use the Sportsplex for COVID-19 testing, in advance of the Labour Day weekend. It will be open Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As of Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Sportsplex assessment centre will be open the same hours as the Ouellette Campus location: from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.
COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton, Chatham-Kent
Lambton Public Health did not report any new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. There have been a total of 338 cases overall in the region.
There have been 311 resolved cases of the virus and 25 people have died.
Chatham-Kent Public Health has not reported any new cases of the virus since Thursday. There have been a total of 362 positive cases in that public health unit.
Right now, there are seven active cases of COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent, 353 people have recovered and two people have died from the virus.