News Release: June 28th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sunday, June 28th, 2020 | 10:30 a.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 1,492 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, 863 cases are resolved, and there are 68 deaths.
- There are 103,032 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 34,476 cases in Ontario, with 2,652 deaths.
* Local numbers are as of June 27, 8:00 p.m.
** provincial and national numbers are as of June 28, 10:00 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 ninety-eight (98) additional cases of COVID-19 over for June 28th and zero (0) deaths. Ninety-six (96) cases are among farm workers and two (2) are community spread.
The WECHU continues to work with six (6) workplaces in the agriculture sector that are in COVID-19 outbreak. An outbreak in a workplace is defined as two or more cases of COVID-19 connected to the workplace. All ninety-six (96) of the positive cases the WECHU is reporting today are associated with targeted asymptomatic testing that occurred at one Agri-farm this past week. The Health Unit is working closely with the owners/operators of the farm to notify all individual cases and ensure isolation accommodations are in place. The WECHU staff will be on-site Monday to conduct in-person assessment and follow up.
Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes
The WECHU continues to monitor an outbreak at the Village at Aspen Lake, and is reporting one additional outbreak at Extendicare Tecumseh.
For more information, regarding outbreaks for COVID-19 visit our website under local updates.
Daily Live News Briefing
The next Live update with Dr. Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health and Theresa Marentette, CEO and Chief Nursing Officer will be Monday, June 29th on YouTube Live at 9:30 a.m.
Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
The provincial government has extended orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 10th. Windsor-Essex County, with the exception of Leamington and Kingsville, has moved into Stage 2 of reopening under the act. Stage 2 allows for the reopening of a variety of additional businesses and activities including expansion of services for restaurants and bars. For the full details of guidelines and restrictions under Stage 2, visit Ontario’s website.
Under Stage 2, restaurants and bars can offer take-out, delivery, or drive thru dining and outdoor dining on patios. As per the provincial order, the patio must be in or adjacent to the place of business and configured to ensure physical distancing of at least two metres between individuals seated at different tables. Indoor access is only permitted for the use of washrooms, payment, food pickup or to access the outdoor dining space. Additionally, no dancing or singing is permitted in the outdoor dining area.
The WECHU has received a number of complaints for non-compliance with physical distancing on patios. Enforcement officers will be out daily to monitor compliance with the order.
To make a complaint related to non-compliance with any of the provincial orders residents of Windsor can call 311 and in the county call local by-law enforcement. Residents may also make a complaint by calling the health unit at 519-258-2146 ext. 4475. For more guidance on safe reopening visit wechu.org.
Face Coverings in Commercial Establishments
On June 26th, the class order, under section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) went into effect for all local commercial establishments. Under the order, commercial establishments must develop and implement a policy prohibiting entry to any individual(s) not wearing a face covering. This additional measure is to ensure the community is protected when visiting public spaces where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
Owners/Operators of Agricultural Farms in Windsor and Essex County
Under the Health Promotion and Protection Act, section 22, this order applied by the Medical Officer of Health, requires all owners and operators of agricultural farms in Windsor-Essex to take actions to protect their employees including:
- Ensuring all employees only work at one facility.
- Ensuring that accurate and updated contact information for all employees is available and ready with 24 hours if requested by the WECHU to support case management and contact tracing requirements.
- Follow all directions and public health measures identified by the WECHU
- Ensure nutritious meals are provided to Temporary Foreign Workers completing isolation requirements. Meals must comply with dietary restrictions of workers.
- Ensure that no Temporary Foreign Workers are moved into a non-inspected living accommodation.
- Ensure that the health unit is contacted for approval for renovations within pre-existing and approved living accommodations.
- Ensure that all persons under the health units supervision for case and contact management have ongoing access to communication devices (i.e. telephone) and this contact information is provided to the health unit.
- Ensure that all known instances of non-compliance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protections Act, Quarantine Act or isolation requirements are reported immediately to the appropriate agency.
To read both Section 22 orders in full go to wechu.org/cv/guidelines.
The Provincial government has extended orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 10th. To learn more about the regions and services allowed under Stage 2 visit the Provincial website. For guidelines and information for workplaces and COVID-19 visit the WECHU’s dedicated webpage for workplaces.
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 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.