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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. | Windsor-Essex County

The following statement can be attributed to Nicole Dupuis, Chief Executive Officer of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU):

“Since the onset of the pandemic over a year and a half ago, staff at the WECHU have worked respectfully and professionally to offer support and guidance for residents, businesses, and partnering agencies during the largest public health crisis of our lifetime. The WECHU has been the face of the pandemic locally working non-stop to contain and manage the spread of COVID-19 in our community and to protect the health and wellbeing of all residents. We recognize the impact the pandemic and public health measures have had on residents of Windsor and Essex County and encourage those struggling to seek support.

The WECHU encourages public discourse and respects the rights of individuals to speak out in protest and to express their feelings about any actions or mandates that they do not agree with.  It is not acceptable when these feelings or actions escalate to abusive, threatening, or violent language.  The WECHU deplores any act of violence or threatening behavior towards others and supports the right of our staff to a safe work environment free from violence and harassment.

Please remember that the public health staff that you interact with are fulfilling their duties and are doing so in the interest of the health of our community. Our staff are here to listen, to answer questions, and to provide care and support.

We should all stand united and speak against violent behavior and remember to respond with empathy and kindness towards each other as we navigate this pandemic together.”

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