News Release: June 29th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, June 29th, 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 1,580 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, 864 cases are resolved, and there are 68 deaths.
- There are 103,250 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 34,911 cases in Ontario, with 2,665 deaths.
* Local numbers are as of June 28, 8:00 p.m.
** provincial and national numbers are as of June 29, 11:00 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 eighty-eight (88) additional cases of COVID-19 for June 29th and zero (0) deaths. Eighty-seven (87) cases are among farm workers from a single farm, and one (1) is community spread. The WECHU continues to work with six (6) workplaces in the agriculture sector and two (2) long-term care and retirement homes that are in COVID-19 outbreak. The WECHU will be on-site today for in-person assessment of the 96 Agri-farm workers reported yesterday, June 28th.
For more information, regarding outbreaks for COVID-19 visit our website under local updates.
The Ontario Ministry of Health and federal government have launched aggressive supports for our area due to the large agriculture sector and the number of positive cases of COVID-19 among agri-farm workers. Windsor-Essex is home to approximately 176 farms and more than 8,000 Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW), majority in Leamington and Kingsville. Recent cases identified through targeted asymptomatic mass testing has required additional public health resources for case and contact management.
The Ministry of Health has continued to work closely with the WECHU to support the Agri-Farm sector by seconding additional staff supports to the WECHU. Dr. Alex Summers, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) will join the WECHU leadership under secondment from the Ministry of Health for a short period. The WECHU has also received case and contact management support from other health units, in addition to health assessment support from local healthcare partners.
As of June 25, 477 Agri-Farm workers have tested positive in Windsor-Essex with an additional 100+ over the weekend, creating considerable work for case and contact management and investigation. Each case in the agriculture sector has an average of 8-12 contacts, totalling between 3,000 and 5,000 additional persons for daily case and contact management by health unit staff. Along with the more than 30 nursing and clerical supports provided by health units across the southwest region, Dr. Summers is a welcomed addition to support the WECHU in their fight against COVID-19.
“These are the times we see real collaboration and leadership. Despite considerable and ongoing pressure, public health units have supported each other through resource sharing, expertise and staffing. I am incredibly grateful to the Ministry and my colleagues for their support of our health unit, ” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.
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. To make a complaint related to non-compliance with any of the provincial orders residents of Windsor can call 311 and in Essex County call local by-law enforcement. Residents may also make a complaint by calling the health unit at 519-258-2146 ext. 4475.
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.