Windsor-Essex health officials are reporting 288 new cases of COVID-19, a record increase that has brought the region’s overall case total past 10,000.
Just over 2,800 of those cases remain active, according to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
There were 11 deaths reported by the health unit on Wednesday, nine of which took place in long-term care.
There are 45 active outbreaks within the region.
Dr. Wajid Ahmed, medical officer of health, explained that some of Wednesday’s case count was due to reconciling cases that had been misreported by the lab, and the count does not necessarily reflect the data from a single day.
Overall, 237 people have died from COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex.
Windsor-Essex is among the areas hardest hit by the virus in Ontario.
Cases have been surging dramatically the second wave of the virus arrived in the fall — more than 6,000 new cases have been identified since mid-October.
On Tuesday, the provincial government reinstated a provincial emergency and announced that schools in COVID-19 hotspots including Windsor won’t reopen until at least Feb. 10.