Windsor to proceed with Stage 3 of reopening cautiously, mayor says

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TORONTO — The mayor of Windsor, Ont., says his city will proceed cautiously to Stage 3 of reopening, and will ask for additional resources if local cases increase in the coming weeks.

Drew Dilkens says he is confident that declining COVID-19 cases in the region over the last week make it safe to reopen further.

The Windsor-Essex region, which has been held back because of outbreaks on local farms, will proceed to Stage 3 of the province’s reopening framework on Wednesday.

The local health unit says there are 131 active COVID-19 cases in the community — 63 of them among agri-food workers.

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The medical officer of health, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, says on-farm testing has taken place at 38 of the 176 region’s farms.

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The local health unit reports five farms remain in outbreak along with four manufacturing businesses.

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Ontario reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday — the lowest daily case count in months — but the province’s health minister attributed part of the drop to “routine data clean-up.”

Toronto Public Health removed 21 cases, including some duplicates, from its total, Christine Elliott said in a tweet.

She said an additional 75 cases have been resolved.

Sixty people are in hospital with COVID-19, with 21 of them in intensive care and 12 on ventilators.

The province’s total case count is now 40,194, with 36,456 marked as resolved and 2,786 deaths.

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The province says it processed 21,581 tests over the last 24 hours.



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