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Coronavirus: Windsor-Essex to remain in Stage 2 amid ongoing outbreaks among farm workers

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WATCH ABOVE: Ontario Premier Doug Ford said his government continues to work on reducing the number of COVID-19 cases in Windsor-Essex area, and said he would “do everything I can" to help them. Ford also pointed to a number of programs available through the provincial and federal governments for businesses in the area.

TORONTO – The Ontario government says Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2 of the province’s COVID-19 reopening strategy for the time being.

While the rest of the province has moved to the looser restrictions of Stage 3, Windsor-Essex will stay in Stage 2 until further notice.

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The province says the decision is based on the advice of health experts in light of outbreaks among farm workers.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the region will move to Stage 3 only when it’s safe to do so.

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The province says it is monitoring local transmission of COVID-19 and will support efforts to contain its spread.

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It says outbreaks, especially in agriculture and agri-food sectors, pose unique challenges.