News Release: May 29th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, May 29th, 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 950 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, 495 cases are resolved, and there are 63 deaths.
- Overall, 16,734 individuals have been tested for COVID-19; and 1,066 tests are pending.
- There are 88,856 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 27,210 cases in Ontario, with 2,230 deaths.
* Local numbers are as of May 28, 8:00 p.m.
** provincial and national numbers are as of May 29, 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-three (23) additional cases of COVID-19 and zero (0) deaths for May 29th. The WECHU is monitoring ongoing outbreaks in 2 long-term care and retirement homes including: Chartwell Royal Oak Long-Term Care Residence and Heron Terrace LTC. 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 16,734 people have been tested for COVID-19 to date. This is an increase of 1,715 people from last Friday. A total of 950 cases have tested positive (approx. 6%) or have been confirmed with COVID-19, 495 have recovered, 1,066 are still pending and 14,718 of those tested have come back negative. 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 or older (18%). To date, there are a total of 63 deaths related to COVID-19 for Windsor-Essex. 47/63 deaths in Windsor-Essex have occurred among residents within long-term care and retirement homes.
Based on the weekly epidemiological summary presented on May 29th, 2020, case counts for Windsor-Essex are declining and the case fatality rate is lower in Windsor-Essex (6.8%) than Ontario (8.1%). 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 third highest incidence rate of COVID-19 in the province. Hospitalizations and ICU capacity are within expected thresholds from a health system capacity perspective. The current mean R0 (effective) is 0.96.
Random Drive-Thru Testing
Today Random Drive Thru testing will begin. Testing will be available for any person 12 years of age or older wishing to be tested for COVID-19. Residents are reminded to have their health card ready and will be asked to provide their address and a phone number for follow up. Today, Saturday, and Sunday a drive thru will be set up at SilverCity in Windsor from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.
The Provincial government has extended order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to June 9th. 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.