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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Friday, June 5th, 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 999 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, 567 cases are resolved, and there are 66 deaths.
  • There are 93,726 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 29,747 cases in Ontario, with 2,372 deaths.

* Local numbers are as of June 4, 8:00 p.m.
** provincial and national numbers are as of June 5, 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 three (3) additional cases of COVID-19 and zero (0) deaths for June 5th. The WECHU is pleased to report that it has rescinded the outbreak for Chartwell Royal Oak Long-Term Care Residence. An outbreak in long-term care is rescinded if they meet the Ministry criteria of no new cases in residents or staff after 14 days from the last case. The WECHU is continuing to monitor an ongoing outbreak in Heron Terrace LTC. For more information regarding outbreaks for COVID-19 visit our website under local updates.

Random Testing

Today June 5th, random drive-thru testing will take place in the Zehrs Parking lot at 400 Manning Rd., Tecumseh.  To enter testing area, access via Manning Road parking lot entrance. Testing will take place 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.

Random testing will resume next week for the remaining municipalities.

Weekly Epidemiological Summary

Each week Dr. Ahmed provides an overview of our local case data for COVID-19 during WECHU’s Facebook Live session at 9 a.m. This information can also be found on the WECHU website.

A total of 999 cases have tested positive or have been confirmed with COVID-19, 567 have recovered Of the cases for which information on sex is available, approximately 48% are male and 51% are female with 1% unknown. There are confirmed cases across all age groups from 0-19 years to 80+ years. The largest percentage of cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex are among individuals between those 20 to 29 years  (18%) and 30 to 39 years. To date, there are a total of 66 deaths related to COVID-19 for Windsor-Essex. 49/66 deaths in Windsor-Essex have occurred among residents within long-term care and retirement homes.

Based on the weekly epidemiological summary presented on June 5th, 2020, case counts for Windsor-Essex are declining and the case fatality rate is lower in Windsor-Essex (6.6%) than Ontario (8.0%). Since the middle of May, the majority of cases were among individuals working in the agricultural sector. Currently the majority of cases are exposed through close contact with a positive case, however some community transmission is still occurring. Windsor-Essex has the fourth highest incidence rate of COVID-19 in the province compared to last week where the region was third overall. Hospitalizations and ICU capacity are within expected thresholds from a health system capacity perspective. The current mean R0 (effective) is 0.56 and has been declining over the past week.

Getting outdoors

With the warmer weather upon us and the weekend about to start, Dr. Ahmed is reminding residents to get out, get active and stay safe. Getting outdoors and staying active is an important contributer to positive mental health, however given the hot temperatures make sure that you are wearing sunscreen, continually hydrating with water and wearing lightweight breathable clothing to protect yourself from heat related illness and injury. As well, to protect yourself from COVID-19 when venturing outdoors remember to:

  • Maintain physical distancing (2 metres/6 feet) from others;
  • Stay home if you are sick;
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or sanitize  with alcohol based hand sanitizer frequently;
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue; and
  • Wear a cloth mask in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

“I am aware that there are several marches and peaceful protests planned for the weekend. While large gatherings are not recommended and should generally be avoided, to best protect themselves against COVID-19 any attendee must: wear a non-medical mask (ensure breathable material), clean hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizer, do not participate if you are sick, maintain 2 metres physical distancing from others, avoid shouting or yelling. This may increase the amount of respiratory droplets and dampen your mask as well as compromise your ability to breathe properly while wearing a mask,” says Dr. 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.

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