The easing of the pandemic in Windsor-Essex reached another milestone Monday when Windsor Regional Hospital officials declared that the facility no longer had any COVID-19 patients.
It's been nine months since the hospital had no COVID-19 patients.
The last time this occurred was Oct. 12, prior to the deadly second wave of the pandemic, the hospital said.
David Musyj, the hospital's president and CEO, encouraged people to get vaccinated to avoid anyone else being hospitalized or dying due to COVID-19.
"This is great news however we need to keep it this way. The way we keep it this way is anyone age 12 or older getting vaccinated with two doses of a mRNA vaccine," he said in a media release.
As the local vaccination rate plateaus, five mass vaccination sites in Windsor-Essex are offering walk-in and same-day appointments, and a series of pop-up clinics are scheduled.
The pandemic has claimed 435 lives in Windsor-Essex. Hospitalizations at Windsor Regional peaked at 76 patients in early January.
Later that month, while the region was in the grips of the second wave, CBC News got a look inside the hospital to see what doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists were facing on the front lines.
The hospital has also treated patients from other areas of the province. During the third wave, Windsor-Essex did not see the surge in cases other areas did, and dozens of COVID-19 patients were send to Windsor to ease the burden on regions such as the Greater Toronto Area.
Currently, there are no COVID-19 outbreaks in Windsor-Essex and 24 cases are considered active