CBC Windsor June 30 COVID-19 update: Here's what's happening today

CBC Windsor June 30 COVID-19 update: Here's what's happening today

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 22 new COVID-19 cases in the region on Tuesday.

Six people work in the agri-farm sector and four people are health-care workers. The 12 others are being investigated. 

Sunday and Monday saw the two highest daily counts of new COVID-19 cases in the region since the onset of the pandemic. 

Almost all of the new cases reported those two days were among workers in the agri-farm sector, with one single operation accounting for about 175 cases alone. The health unit has not named the businesses which they are not required to do under provincial laws unless there is a risk to public health. 

WATCH | The health unit's COVID-19 update for June 30:

Six agricultural businesses in the region — two in Kingsville and four in Leamington — remain under a COVID-19 outbreak. 

The high rates of cases in those communities have prevented them from moving into Stage 2 of reopening. They are the last regions in the province to do so. 

The health unit reported Tuesday that one long-term care home in Windsor-Essex remains under a COVID-19 outbreak. Extendicare in Tecumseh has had one resident test positive for the disease in recent days. 

Village of Aspen Lake in Windsor has had one staff member test positive, but the health unit said on Tuesday that it's revoking the facility's outbreak designation. 

A spokesperson for the health unit confirmed via email that there were no new COVID-19 cases at Village of Aspen Lake in the last 14 days, so the facility "met the criteria to be rescinded from outbreak."

The City of Windsor also reported a staff member at Huron lodge has tested positive for COVID-19. 

In a news release, they city said they wanted to be "proactive" in reporting the case, alerting the public all non-essential visits to the facility are currently suspended.

Asymptomatic, COVID-19 positive workers may be on the job

Last week, Ontario's government unveiled a three-point plan aimed at stemming the spread of the disease on farms, especially among temporary foreign workers, which has received backlash from advocates for migrant workers.

Part of the plan would allow workers who are COVID-19 positive but asymptomatic to continue working on farms "as long as they follow the public health measures in their workplace to minimize the risk of transmission to others."

Medical officer of health for the county, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, said on Monday nearly all of the positive workers in recent days reported having no symptoms and were ordered to self-isolate. 

Justice for Migrant Workers organizer Chris Ramsaroop said as of Sunday evening they were informed that asymptomatic migrant workers, who are in the middle of quarantine, are being asked to go back to work.

WATCH | Ontario's health minister addresses who can return to work:

During a Monday news conference, Health Minister Christine Elliott said they have sent in a team to one farm, with more than 100 positive cases among its workers, to provide full medical examinations. 

"We only want the people who are well, who are feeling well — they're positive but they are truly asymptomatic — to be going back to work," Elliott said. 

The medical examinations are to ensure that asymptomatic workers are truly not displaying any symptoms, she added. 

On Tuesday, Ahmed said none of the workers who have tested positive have been cleared to return to work.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the teams sent to farms in Windsor-Essex include interpreters, public health officials and investigators. 

"We're going to make sure we're doing everything in our power to resolve these cases as quickly as possible," Ford said.

Ahmed suspects many workers may not currently have symptoms because they may have contracted the virus up to 90 days ago, meaning they might have had symptoms before but currently are not contagious. 

COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton

Lambton Public Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 in the region since last week. There have been 285 total cases in the region and overall, there have been 25 deaths. 

Another 25 people have recovered.

An outbreak at Bluewater Health is now over, after four staff members had tested positive for the disease. 

Afton Park long-term care home in Sarnia is now under an outbreak, after one staff member tested positive for COVID-19. 

COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent's health unit is reporting one new case of COVID-19. The area has had 15 total cases.

In Chatham-Kent, one person has died due to COVID-19 and 150 people have recovered.