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Agricultural workers contribute to sharp uptick in new COVID cases

Sunday saw a spike in new COVID 19 cases with 257 new cases reported. Most of them were in the Windsor-Essex agricultural sector, It was only the third time since mid June where new cases were above 200. Overnight reported deaths stood at seven, continuing a trend of declining deaths. Despite the uptick in new cases, Hospitalizations in Ontario are down to 232 with 46 in ICU and 35 of them on ventilators.

Twenty-one of Ontario’s 34 public health units reported no cases of the disease.

“After extensive testing this weekend of temporary workers in Southwestern Ontario, the province is reporting 177 new cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, with another 80 new cases across the rest of the province. There were over 27,000 tests processed yesterday,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement.

“Following some initial challenges with testing in the agriculture and agri-food sectors, these numbers reflect the implementation of our three-point plan to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on farms.”

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