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People do not need to have symptoms for the random testing. But they do need to have a health card and another piece of identification so the health unit can reach out to people who test positive.
Theresa Marentette, the health unit’s Chief Executive Officer, said there was increase of 17 new COVID-19 cases in Essex County since Thursday. The total stood at 843 cases Friday morning. She said eight of the new cases were migrant farm workers. Nine of the cases are in the community.
There have been 63 deaths locally, she said, including 47 residents of long-term care and retirement homes. About 35 percent of all local cases have occurred in long-term care and retirement homes.
Marentette said there were 81,313 confirmed cases across Canada, with 24,187 in Ontario. Chatham-Kent has 142 cases. Sarnia-Lambton has 243 reported cases. Michigan has 53,510 cases, with 10,558 cases in Detroit.
More to come.