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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Monday, June 8th, 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 1,023 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, 577 cases are resolved, and there are 67 deaths.
  • There are 95,699 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 30,860 cases in Ontario, with 2,450 deaths.

* Local numbers are as of June 7, 8:00 p.m.
** provincial and national numbers are as of June 8, 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-four (24) additional cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, nine (9) for today June 8th. As well, the WECHU reported one death of a male in his twenties Saturday June 6th. The WECHU rescinded the outbreak at Heron Terrace yesterday June 7th. There are currently no COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes under investigation. For more information regarding outbreaks for COVID-19 visit our website under local updates.

“It is tragic to report the loss of someone so young. My sincere condolences goes out to the family of this young man,” says Dr. Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.

Facebook Live Sessions

This week, Facebook Live sessions will only occur Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Starting next week, the WECHU will be moving to weekly Facebook Live COVID-19 updates that will occur on Friday. These weekly live broadcasts will continue to include our weekly Epidemiological summary presented by Dr. Ahmed.

Critical information will continue to be shared with the community through the media, social media, and for those who subscribe to receive emails from us. We will continue to post our numbers related to COVID-19 on the website daily.

As we are now firmly in phase 1 of reopening the economy and public health updates and new information has slowed, the Health Unit also needs to adjust to a new normal. Weekly updates will continue to allow us to bring new COVID-19 related information to the community and present data and evidence of what is occurring over time.

“These daily briefings have been an important part of the WECHU’s goal to keep our community updated and informed in the rapidly changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to thank everyone who has watched these daily broadcasts and shared their appreciation for the great work our staff continue to do during this pandemic,” says Theresa Marentette, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Nursing Officer.

Random Testing

Random testing will resume tomorrow June 9th in LaSalle.  Random drive-thru testing will take place at the Volmer Culture and Recreational Complex, 2121 Laurier Drive, LaSalle. 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.

Miracle 27

We know that healthy eating and diet are key factors for staying well during COVID-19 and important for your mental and physical health. Many families in our local community are experiencing challenges accessing food.

The WECHU is pleased to collaborate with the “Miracle” planning group to assist with plans for the Windsor-Essex County Miracle on Saturday, June 27, 2020. On June 27th, the group aims to collect donated non-perishable food items from as many willing participants as possible in Windsor-Essex.

How to get involved?

Residents can get involved in two ways. By donating food items and/or volunteering to collect or pick up items. On Saturday, June 27th, 2020 before 12:00 noon, throughout all of Windsor-Essex County, residents are asked to leave a donation of non-perishable food items at the front of their house.

Hundreds of volunteers will collect the donations between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Volunteers have been instructed to take the necessary precautions to ensure physical distancing along with recommended infection control practices while collecting donations. The storing and distribution of the food donations will be managed through Windsor-Essex County’s existing emergency food distribution network.

To get involved visit www.june27miracle.com

Immunizations During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is very important for individuals to stay protected against other infectious diseases that can be prevented by immunizations. Immunizations are important for people of all ages, and remains an essential service. Delaying vaccines could leave you, your child, your family, and your community at risk for vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. In order to prevent this, it is important for everyone in Windsor and Essex County (WEC) to keep their immunizations up to date.

In Ontario, immunizations can be provided by your pediatrician, family doctor, nurse practitioner, or a walk-in clinic. Please read the following for age specific guidance on immunizations during COVID-19:

  • If you have an infant or toddler (two years old and younger), routine immunizations should be kept up to date because any delay or omission in scheduled vaccines can put them at risk for common and serious childhood infections, such as pneumococcal disease, measles, and pertussis. Parents should review Ontario’s immunization schedule and connect with their child’s or family’s pediatrician, family doctor, or nurse practitioner to follow-up on any missed vaccinations. Required vaccines should only be postponed if your child is sick with respiratory symptoms, to prevent any possible spread of COVID-19.
  • If you have a child in Grade 7/8 that was going to receive their vaccines (i.e., Menactra) through the school-based immunization clinic, you can visit your child’s or family’s pediatrician, family doctor, or nurse practitioner to receive these immunizations. Visit our website for a full list of required vaccines for school-aged children.
  • It is recommended to obtain your child’s up-to-date immunization records from immune.wechu.org or call the Health Unit and take it to your appointment.
  • For adults, some routine immunizations may be deferred. However, this should be decided on a case-by-case basis based on your age, health condition, occupation etc. Individuals should contact their family doctor or nurse practitioner on whether they need to be vaccinated during COVID-19.

If you are unable to reach your child’s or family’s pediatrician, family doctor, or nurse practitioner for routine immunizations, call the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-2146 ext.1222 and we will work to connect you to a provider in the community. Once your child receives their vaccination, remember to report and update your child’s immunization record online to ensure that we have the most up to date information.

“It is critical that children continue to receive their routine vaccinations. Disease like meningitis and measles can have devastating impacts and are preventable. Through this new collaboration, publically funded vaccinations will be available for delivery by local healthcare providers,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.

Resources: Ontario’s Routine Immunization Schedule

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); and
  • Wear a non-medical cloth mask in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

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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