News Release: June 2nd Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 | 1:30 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 977 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, 497 cases are resolved, and there are 66 deaths.
- There are 92,151 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 28,709 cases in Ontario, with 2,293 deaths.
* Local numbers are as of June 1, 8:00 p.m.
** provincial and national numbers are as of June 2, 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 seven (7) additional cases of COVID-19 and one (1) death for June 2nd. A female in her seventies passed away in hospital. She was positive for COVID-19 and a resident of long-term care. The WECHU continues to monitor ongoing outbreaks in 2 long-term care and retirement homes including Chartwell Royal Oak Long-Term Care Residence and Heron Terrace LTC. For more information regarding outbreaks for COVID-19 visit our website under local updates.
“The WECHU would like to express our condolences to the family for the loss of their loved one,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.
Given the expanded scope of testing as identified through provincial testing strategy the WECHU is unable to accurately report the number of total tests and pending tests daily. As such, this information will no longer be reported during our Facebook Live sessions and on wechu.org. The WECHU will continue to report all other information.
Random Drive-Thru Testing
Random Drive-Thru testing is continuing today in Essex at the Essex Centre Sports Complex, 60 Fairview Ave W. Testing today will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3rd, random testing will move to Kingsville where a drive thru testing site will be set up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kingsville Recreational Sport Field, 1742 Jasperson Lane, Kingsville.
Residents of Windsor-Essex 12 years of age and older are eligible for testing. Individuals are advised to bring their health card and up to date contact information.
Launch of 2020 Mosquito Surveillance Program in Windsor and Essex County
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, in partnership with local municipalities, launched their Mosquito Surveillance program on Monday, May 25, 2020. This program includes larviciding catch basins, standing water sites, and lagoons to disrupt mosquito breeding, educating residents on self-protection, conducting adult mosquito surveillance, and investigating human cases.
The Health Unit has conducted a comprehensive West Nile Virus (WNV) surveillance program since 2003. In 2016, multiple tropical species of mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti) were identified during routine WNV surveillance in the City of Windsor. Both of these mosquitoes have the potential to transmit viruses not normally seen in Canada, such as Zika, Dengue fever, and Chikungunya. As a result, the Health Unit responded by developing an Enhanced Mosquito Surveillance Program, which included the deployment of traps across the City of Windsor. In 2019, this program was further expanded into the county, where Ae. albopictus mosquito was discovered in Kingsville.
“This year, we will deploy additional traps in other parts of the County like Leamington and Lakeshore to monitor these tropical mosquitoes, though the risk of Zika virus remains extremely low in our region,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. “The risk of contracting West Nile Virus through the bite of an infected mosquito still persists. Each year, we have to prepare and assume that mosquitoes are carrying the West Nile virus. By taking simple precautions, residents can reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes.”
To protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites, follow these tips:
- Remove any standing water in places such bird baths, buckets, old tires, pet water dishes and gutters around your property. Mosquitoes can breed in containers as small as a bottle cap!
- Report standing/stagnant water to your local municipal by-law office.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat when outdoors. Light-coloured clothing is best as mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colours.
- Use insect repellents that contain DEET, Icaridin, or other approved ingredients on clothing as well as exposed skin. Always read and follow label directions.
- Make sure that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.
For more information on mosquito safety, please visit the Health Unit’s web page. Call 311 or your local by-law enforcement for standing water observed in your community.
The Provincial government has extended order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to June 9th. These orders include restrictions on social gatherings for more than five persons (not including members of the same household), and continued closure of restaurants and bars (except take out and delivery) and outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment.
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).
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.