COVID-19 death toll in Windsor-Essex surpasses 600

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported six additional deaths associated with COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. (Mike Evans/CBC - image credit)
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported six additional deaths associated with COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. (Mike Evans/CBC - image credit)

Six people who had COVID-19 — ranging in age from their 50s to their 90s — have died, the public health unit in Windsor-Essex reported Wednesday.

The loss of those community members brings the region's pandemic death toll past 600 to 604.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) said none of those who died were residents of a long-term care or retirement home.

The public health unit also reported that 58 people with COVID-19 are in hospital throughout the region, including three in intensive care.

There are 23 ongoing outbreaks: 11 in long-term care or retirement homes, five on hospital wards and seven community outbreaks.

The figures come amid a rise in COVID-19 across the province. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across Ontario Wednesday was 1,662, the highest number seen so far during this sixth wave of the pandemic.

In Windsor-Essex, the public school board voted Tuesday night to advocate to the province and local health officials for a return to COVID-19 restrictions in the classroom.

In its Wednesday update, WECHU also reported 152 new high-risk cases of COVID-19 since Tuesday's update, and 396 are active overall.

Currently only certain groups are eligible for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in Ontario, though the province recently expanded eligibility to include more groups.

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