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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Friday, May 22nd, 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 843 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, 473 cases are resolved, and there are 63 deaths.
  • Overall, 15,019 individuals have been tested for COVID-19; and 1,006 tests are pending.
  • There are 81,324 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 24,628 cases in Ontario, with 2,021 deaths.

* Local numbers are as of May 21, 8:00 p.m.
** provincial and national numbers are as of May 22, 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 seventeen (17) additional cases of COVID-19 and zero (0) deaths for May 22nd. The WECHU has rescinded outbreaks for Franklin Gardens, Leamington Mennonite Home, and Village at St. Clair, Dolce Vita and Chartwell Oak Park Terrace.  The WECHU continues to monitor 8 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care and retirement homes including: Berkshire Care Centre, Extendicare Southwood Lakes, Extendicare Tecumseh (St. Alphonse), Sun Parlour, Heron Terrace LTC, Riverside Place, Regency Park Nursing Home, and Banwell Gardens Care Centre. For more information regarding outbreaks for COVID-19 visit our website under local updates.

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.

In Windsor-Essex, a total of 15,019 people have been tested for COVID-19 to date. This is an increase of 1,748 people from last Friday. A total of 843 cases have tested positive (approx. 6%) or have been confirmed with COVID-19, 473 have recovered, 1,006 are still pending and 13,170 of those tested have come back negative. Of the cases for which information on sex is available, approximately 44% are male and 55% 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 80 years or older (18%). To date, there are a total of 63 deaths related to COVID-19 for Windsor-Essex an increase of 1 death from last week. 47/63 deaths in Windsor-Essex have occurred within long-term care and retirement homes among residents.

Overall case counts for Windsor-Essex are declining and the case fatality rate is slightly lower in Windsor-Essex (7.6%) than Ontario (8.2%). Currently the majority of cases are exposed through close contact with a positive case, however some community transmission is still occurring.

Dr. Ahmed announced a plan for random testing in the community in collaboration with Essex Windsor Emergency Medical Services (EWEMS). Testing will be for any person wanting to be tested and will use a drive thru type model. More on the plan will be released next week after the details have been determined including the frequency, number of tests available and communities that will be visited. As well, Dr. Ahmed is calling on local primary care providers to increase the community testing capacity by testing their patients and clients. Dr. Ahmed will be working with Essex County Medical Society to engage in conversation about increasing testing in primary care settings to discuss logistics to ensure they are able to do this.

“As we move into the weekend I want to stress to the community the importance of continuing to practice the basics. Washing your hands regularly, keeping 2 metres of physical distancing between yourself and others and limiting your close contacts and social gatherings are still some of the best guidance and most effective measures for protecting yourself against coronavirus. To remain open and continue forward, residents must remain vigilant and continue to do their part,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.

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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