News Release: June 3rd Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 3rd, 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 982 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, 566 cases are resolved, and there are 66 deaths.
- There are 92,748 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 29,047 cases in Ontario, with 2,312 deaths.
* Local numbers are as of June 2, 8:00 p.m.
** provincial and national numbers are as of June 3, 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 five (5) additional cases of COVID-19 and zero (0) deaths for June 3rd. The WECHU is monitoring 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.
Today random drive-thru testing continues in Kingsville form 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kingsville Arena located at 1741 Jasperson Lane. Please enter through Kratz side street.
Tomorrow June 4th, random drive-thru testing will take place at Libro Centre, 3295 Meloche Road in Amherstburg 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.
Local Food Week
Since the launch of the Local Food Act in 2013, the first week of June has been designated as “local food week” to celebrate the local food producers across Ontario. Although the world has experienced many changes over the past few months, local food producers are essential to keeping food on the table. Many have made business model changes to allow for direct farm purchasing, through farm stands, markets and produce-box delivery services, to fill the shortages that many large chain stores were facing.
For many, staying home has provided the opportunity to reconnect with food and appreciate how food moves from farm to table. As well, this added time at home has increased the importance of food skills and cooking from home or cultivating a home garden. Learning about the different ways to access food, how we can shop local is a key aspect of supporting local business and developing food skills. Buying local food not only helps local farmers and food vendors it supports the local economy and encourages a sense of community.
There are a variety of ways to access local food in Windsor-Essex including:
- Visiting farmers markets or farm stands, while practicing physical distancing and proper hand hygiene;
- Look for the Foodland Ontario symbol on food labels at the grocery store, or while selecting groceries online;
- Sign-up for a local food-box delivery service;
- Start your own vegetable and herb garden at home. Gardens can be as small as one small pot in the window, or a full in grown garden in the backyard.
Maintaining a diet of healthy foods is not only important for your physical health, it is also necessary for your mental health. To find out more information about accessing food and safe shopping, visit wechu.org/cv/food.
“Eating well is a key part of staying healthy, this includes a diet packed full of fresh fruit and vegetables. This recent shift to home provides an opportunity for many to enhance their food skills and discover and support local food,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.
The Provincial government has extended order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to June 30th. 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.