News Release: June 10th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. | Windsor-Essex County
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) continues to work with the Ministry of Health, local health care providers, and municipal partners to monitor and coordinate the response to COVID-19 as the situation evolves in the province and the community. Protecting the health and wellbeing of the residents of Windsor and Essex County remains our top priority.
- To date, we have 1,104 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, 656 cases are resolved, and there are 67 deaths.
- There are 96,653 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 31,341 cases in Ontario, with 2,475 deaths.
* Local numbers are as of June 9, 8:00 p.m.
** provincial and national numbers are as of June 10, 10:30 a.m.
Individuals who suspect they have COVID-19 or are wondering if they should be tested should consult the COVID-19 Population Health Navigator for Windsor-Essex. Already tested? You can now check your results online.
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 extension 1420.
What is happening locally?
The WECHU is reporting thirty-eight (38) additional cases of COVID-19 over for June 10th and zero (0) deaths. All 38 new cases reported are among workers tested as part of proactive testing related to case and contact management. The WECHU is monitoring a new COVID-19 outbreak at Country Village Long-Term Care home. For more information, regarding outbreaks for COVID-19 visit our website under local updates.
Facebook Live Sessions
This week, Facebook Live sessions will only occur Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Starting next week, the WECHU will be moving to weekly Facebook Live COVID-19 updates that will occur on Friday. These weekly live broadcasts will continue to include our weekly Epidemiological summary presented by Dr. Ahmed.
Random testing continues tomorrow, Thursday June 11th in Leamington. Random drive-thru testing is taking place at the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre (formerly Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Centre), 249 Sherk Street. Testing will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On Friday, random drive-thru testing will wrap up in Lakeshore at the Atlas Tube Centre, 447 Renaud Line Rd, Belle River. Testing will take place at the Atlas tube from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All residents of Windsor-Essex 12 years of age and older are eligible for testing. Individuals should bring their health card and updated contact information.
Outbreak Notification and Disclosure
The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) outline the minimum expectations and requirements for public health unit services and operations across the province. The standards include guidance documents and protocols on all requirements under the OPHS. Included in these protocols are requirements for public disclosures related to routine infection prevention and control (IPAC) inspections, IPAC lapse investigations, and infectious disease outbreaks in long-term care and retirement homes. With the gradual reopening of more businesses and workplaces on the horizon, the WECHU will be expanding upon their public disclosures to include the reporting of COVID-19 outbreaks in any workplace in Windsor-Essex.
Currently there is no provincial outbreak definition for general workplaces as there exists for congregate settings and long-term care and retirement homes. Under the direction of Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health, the WECHU will be declaring an outbreak for any workplaces where two or more employees test positive for COVID-19 within a reasonable timeline to suspect transmission in the workplace. The role of health unit will continue to be as before in investigating and managing suspect or confirmed outbreaks.
Why expand upon the public disclosure program?
With more individuals going back to the workplace and increased physical contact, the risk for COVID-19 transmission increases. Research has shown that public disclosure is an important part of community education and effective measure in reducing the spread of infection.
As businesses and workplaces begin to welcome people back into their facilities, they are reminded to have good infection prevention and control practices in place including:
- Regular cleaning and disinfection;
- Policies related to hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
- Screening for COVID-19 related symptoms and illness among employees and visitors;
- Sick policies to ensure ill workers are supported to stay home;
- Policies and practices that support physical distancing; and
- Policies related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as appropriate.
All workplaces should keep a schedule of employees and a log of visitors. This measure will assist with contact tracing and follow up should it be necessary.
For more guidelines and information for workplaces and COVID-19 visit the WECHU’s dedicated webpage for workplaces.
“The next step in this pandemic is the reopening of the province. With many workplaces reopening, residents will come into regular contact with more people on a daily basis increasing the potential and risk for the transmission of COVID-19 in our community. To stay ahead and on top of COVID-19, setting criteria to declare an outbreak in a workplace is important. Declaration of an outbreak puts into motion more stringent measures related to infection prevention and control as well as oversight and monitoring. Disclosing these outbreaks to the public are part of an important education and notification strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic in Windsor-Essex,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.
The Provincial government has extended orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to June 30th. To learn more about the regions and services allowed under Stage 2 visit the Provincial website.
For a full list of current recommendations, guidelines and restrictions, please visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website.
For questions related to closures and openings of businesses, call the Stop the Spread information line at 1-888-444-3659 or visit Ontario.ca/page/stopping-spread-covid-19.
To protect yourself from COVID-19:
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly;
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue;
- Keep surfaces clean and disinfected;
- Stay home unless it is essential to go out and stay home when you are sick;
- Practice physical distancing (2 Metres); and
- Wear a non-medical cloth mask in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
The Ontario Government is asking all Ontarians to stay home unless absolutely necessary for essential reasons, such as accessing health care services, shopping for groceries, picking up medication, walking pets when required, or supporting vulnerable community members with meeting essential needs. If you must leave your home, stay at least two (2) meters apart from 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.