News Release: May 13th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 | 1 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 745 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, 300 cases are resolved, and there are 62 deaths.
- Overall, 12,203 individuals have been tested for COVID-19; and 1,869 tests are pending.
- There are 71,486 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 21,236 cases in Ontario, with 1,765 deaths.
* Local numbers are as of May 12, 8:00 p.m.
** provincial and national numbers are as of May 13, 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 thirteen (13) additional cases of COVID-19 and one (1) death for May 13th. A male in his sixties, positive for COVID-19 passed away yesterday. The WECHU is reporting two additional outbreaks in long-term care and retirement homes for a total of 17 outbreaks for Windsor-Essex currently being monitored including: Chartwell Kingsville Retirement Residence, Berkshire Care Centre, Chartwell Classic Oak Park, Village at St. Clair, Extendicare Southwood Lakes, Franklin Gardens, Sun Parlour, Lifetimes on Riverside, AMICA, Country Village Homes, Heron Terrace LTC, Riverside Place, Chartwell Oak Park Terrace Retirement Residence, Leamington Mennonite Home, Dolce Vita Retirement Living, Regency Park Nursing Home, and Banwell Gardens Care Centre. For more information regarding outbreaks for COVID-19 visit our website under local updates.
“I am very sorry to report the loss of another resident of Windsor-Essex. Our team would like to share our sympathies with the family of this gentleman and wish them peace in their time of grief,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.
Older Adults and COVID-19: Understanding the Risk
As the government continues their announcements to open of the province, the WECHU is reminding all residents to continue to practice and follow public health guidance in particular our older adults and seniors. Older adults and people with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for more severe COVID-19 symptoms including death. Due to a weakened immune system, it is more challenging for older adults to fight off infectious diseases. Chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, cancer, heart disease) are also more common with age weakening the immune system making older individuals more vulnerable to serious complications.
We all are doing more to help keep our families and ourselves healthy from the COVID-19 virus. Public Health guidance such as hand hygiene, monitoring for any symptoms of being ill, practicing physical distancing, and limiting close contact with those outside the home are the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
In Ontario those over the age of 65 and individuals who are immunocompromised are advised to self-isolate. This means limiting interaction with others including family. Now is not the time to start visiting others in-person. Limiting social gatherings to those in your own household minimizes the potential of community spread of COVID-19. This is especially important for those that are at the highest risk.
To maintain your health and protect yourself, older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions are advised to:
- Stay connected with loved ones and friends over the phone or virtually;
- Work with health care providers to ensure you have a supply of necessary medications;
- Use delivery services or curbside pickup options as much as possible or arrange for someone to run essential errands for you;
- Get adequate sleep, maintain a healthy diet and stay active;
- Keep physical distancing from others at all times.
“Staying isolated from friends and family is particularly challenging during such a distressing time. As excitement around the opening of businesses mounts you may be thinking it is ok to get together. I urge our residents and in particular our seniors to continue to limit social gatherings, essential trips to stores and maintain physical distancing. These steps combined with proper hand hygiene are the most effective ways to protect yourself and others during the pandemic,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.
To access additional supports for seniors contact:
Windsor-Essex Seniors Call Assurance Program provides seniors (age 55 and older) with phone call security checks and referrals to local support services. Call (877) 771-2677, Monday to Friday between 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
2-1-1 provides information on local social, government, and health services with support in more than 100 languages. You can call any time, as it is open every day and all day.
Weareunited.com/GETHELP has more emergency support on this website.
Windsor-Essex Food Helpline provides emergency food for low-income families and seniors who are self-isolating or require access to prepared meals. Call (888) 488-1578, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. -8:30 p.m.
For more information and updates for older adults and COVID-19, visit wechu.org.
Below is a description of total cases by age. For further case details visit us at wechu.org.
The provincial government has issued a number of guidelines and restrictions under the provincial Emergency Act. For a full list of current recommendations, guidelines and restrictions, please visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website.
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.