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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Tuesday, June 9th, 2020  | 11:00 a.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 1,066 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, 645 cases are resolved, and there are 67 deaths.
  • There are 96,244 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 31,090 cases in Ontario, with 2,464 deaths.

* Local numbers are as of June 8, 8:00 p.m.
** provincial and national numbers are as of June 9, 10:30 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 forty-three (43) additional cases of COVID-19 over for June 9th and zero (0) deaths. Of the 43 new cases reported, 34 are among workers tested as part of proactive testing related to case and contact management. The WECHU is monitoring a new COVID-19 outbreak at Country Village Long-Term Care home. For more information, regarding outbreaks for COVID-19 visit our website under local updates.

“The initiative from Ontario Health and supported by local health system partners to do mass testing in agri-food sector and the drive-thru testing led by WECHU will lead to a temporary rise in the number of new cases in our region,” says Dr. Wajid 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.

Random Testing

Random testing continues today June 9th in LaSalle.  Random drive-thru testing is taking 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.

Provincial Reopening

Since May, all areas in the province have been working through gradual reopening as part of the Stage 1 plans to reopen the province. Yesterday the Ontario government announced that it would be taking a regional approach to Stage 2 allowing areas less impacted by COVID-19 to reopen more businesses and service. At this time the region of Windsor-Essex is not included as part of the Stage 2 plans for reopening.

What does apply for Windsor-Essex?

As of Friday June 12th at 12:01 a.m., the restriction on social gatherings will be increased from no more than 5 to 10 people. This is affective for all areas across the province including Windsor-Essex. As well all places of worship are permitted to open ensuring that they maintain physical distancing and limit attendance to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity at any one time.

The Ontario government is committed to review the regions still in Stage 1 on a weekly basis to assess if they are ready to move into Stage 2 based on criteria set out in the Framework for Reopening the Province including cases incidence rate. 

“In Windsor-Essex we have a number of factors to consider when determining our readiness for reopening including our proximity to the US border, our large agricultural and food sector, as well as a higher proportion of individuals considered high risk for COVID-19. The objectives of the pandemic response have always been to save lives, protect the healthcare system and minimize societal and economic impacts from COVID-19. As a region, we largely met the first two objectives and it is time to focus on the societal and economic impacts of COVID-19. I know it has been a long road and people are growing weary of restrictions but they are in place to protect all of us and in particular our most vulnerable. As a community must continue to work collaboratively and all do our part, including strictly adhering to public health guidance and measures. This is our only path forward,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.

The Provincial government has extended orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to June 30th.  To learn more about the regions and services allowed under Stage 2 visit the Provincial website.

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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