News Release: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases Confirmed in Two Long-Term Care Facilities
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. | Windsor-Essex County
This afternoon, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is reporting its first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in local long-term care facilities. As per updated direction from the Ministry of Health, a single laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident or a staff member is considered a Confirmed COVID-19 Outbreak for a facility.
There are currently two confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the staff population of Country Village Homes in Woodslee, and one confirmed case of COVID-19 within the staff population of AMICA in Windsor. The WECHU Environmental Health staff continue to work with our long-term care facilities and retirement homes to provide guidance for infection prevention and control. The facilities have implemented outbreak management protocols, and all residents and staff have been notified. Staff continue to wear appropriate personal protective equipment for the safe care of individuals.
Individuals who suspect they have COVID-19 or are wondering if they should be tested should consult Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool. If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider. You can also call the WECHU at 519-258-2146 ext. 1420.
To protect yourself against COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water (at least 20 seconds) regularly and often
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of the tissue and wash your hands
- Keep surfaces clean and disinfected
- Stay home when you are sick
- Keep 2 metre physical distance between yourself and others
The WECHU encourages the public to follow credible sources for information about COVID-19. The WECHU monitors and updates our website daily including case counts for Windsor and Essex County. For up to date facts visit www.wechu.org
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.