The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported that the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the region has risen by six.
According to a Wednesday update, the health unit has confirmed six new local COVID deaths — four women and two men — since Tuesday.
The four women who died were described as being in their sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties.
One of the men was in his fifties, the other in his eighties.
All six who died were residents of the community.
The recent deaths bring the total number of people in Windsor-Essex who have died from COVID-19 to 604.
While the local statistic has increased an average of three to four deaths per week by 2022, six deaths in one report is the biggest jump it’s made in months.
Across the province, Ontario Health confirmed 28 new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the provincial death toll to 12,661.
As of Wednesday, 1,662 people across Ontario are hospitalized with COVID-19 — compared to 1,332 a week ago.
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Meanwhile, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit currently has 396 active high-risk cases in the region.
As of Wednesday, 58 local cases have been hospitalized, with three patients requiring intensive care.
The health unit is tracking 23 active COVID-19 outbreaks – 11 of them in long-term care or retirement homes, five in hospital wards and seven in the community.
The region’s COVID-19 vaccination rate stands at 83.6 percent of all residents five years and older who have received at least two doses.
51.4 percent of Windsor-Essex residents aged 12 years and older have received a third dose/booster injection.
Since Wednesday, 10,270 residents have received a fourth dose.
The current age group eligible for the fourth dose is adults aged 60 and over — and Indigenous adults aged 18 and over.