News Release: June 30th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, June 30th, 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 1,602 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, 869 cases are resolved, and there are 68 deaths.
- There are 103,918 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 35,068 cases in Ontario, with 2,672 deaths.
* Local numbers are as of June 29, 8:00 p.m.
** provincial and national numbers are as of June 30, 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 twenty-two (22) additional cases of COVID-19 for June 30th and zero (0) deaths. Six (6) cases are among farm workers, four (4) are health care workers, and the remaining 12 (12) are still under investigation. The WECHU is rescinding the outbreak for the Village at Aspen Lake and continues to work with six (6) workplaces in the agriculture sector and one (1) long-term care and retirement home that are in COVID-19 outbreak.
For more information, regarding outbreaks for COVID-19 visit our website under local updates.
Face coverings in Commercial Establishments
Today during the WECHU’s morning YouTube Live event Dr. Wajid Ahmed addressed questions and clarification regarding the class order for commercial establishments for face coverings.
The class order for Face Coverings in commercial establishments is a section 22 order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act issued by the local Medical Officer of Health. The full order and details can be found under the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions section of the WECHU’s website. The order requires all commercial establishments in Windsor-Essex to create and implement a policy that prohibits entry to persons not wearing a face covering. Commercial establishments are businesses generally open to the public and include retail stores, grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores, and more. Policies should address how to enforce and implement the policy, how to address individuals that do not have a mask (providing a mask free or at a cost), signage, and education.
Does the order apply to office buildings?
No. The order does not apply to non-commercial settings; however, these workplaces may implement their own policies related to face coverings if they wish to.
Are face coverings required to be worn on patios?
Face coverings are required to be worn by employees working on patios, but are not required to be worn by patrons seated on the patio under the order.
Are Doctor’s notes required for patrons that may not be able to wear a face covering due to a medical condition?
Under the order, doctor’s notes are not required. Commercial establishments should include how they will manage exceptions to the order in their policy.
Where can I ask questions or make a complaint?
Residents can ask questions or make complaints about the face covering order by contacting us through our website or by calling 519-258-2146 ext. 3100.
Complaints can also be made through local municipal bylaw departments or 311 for the City of Windsor.
The Health Unit enforcement officers are out daily monitoring compliance, following up on complaints, and providing education. The Health Unit always takes a progressive enforcement approach starting with education, however should continued non-compliance occur businesses’ could face fines up to $25,000 per day under the order.
“As we celebrate Canada Day, I wish to remind everyone to continue to be mindful of the public health measures and requirements and continue the great work we have been doing to protect our communities and ourselves. Any celebration should be kept to no more than 10 persons. Please keep physical distancing at all times unless the gathering are all members of your social circle. To stay healthy and safe this Canada Day:
- Wash your hands regularly and often with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizer;
- Maintain physical distancing where possible and wear a face covering when distance cannot be maintained;
- Keep good respiratory etiquette by covering your cough and sneeze;
- Drink responsibly, follow the low risk drinking guidelines and do not drink and drive; and
- If spending time outdoors keep hydrated and cool by drinking water regularly and often and staying in the shade if possible.
I wish everyone a happy, safe, and restful Canada Day!” 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 commercial establishments and 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.