News Release: Outbreak Declared and Closure Ordered at Discovery Child Care Centre (Kingsville)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Windsor-Essex County
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on August 27, 2021 at the Discovery Child Care Centre in Kingsville. As per provincial direction, a daycare outbreak is declared if there are two or more cases in a daycare that are linked and if there is evidence that at least one case could have been infected in the daycare facility.
There are now 41 confirmed cases associated with the outbreak. This facility has been ordered closed by the WECHU. The identification of associated COVID-19 positive cases has steadily increased and is now the largest outbreak in a child care centre within our community. Due to the on-going identification of cases and high-risk exposures to COVID-19, all facility staff and registered children have been directed to immediately self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. Isolation for all staff and children will be required until at least September 17th, 2021 or a later date at the direction of health unit.
“It is essential that we act quickly and responsibility in order to prevent any further exposures of COVID-19 within this facility and the community. Due to the amount of spread it is difficult to determine exact exposure dates which makes the immediate isolation and testing of all affected individuals an important step to minimize further risk.” said Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
The WECHU recommends all residents of Windsor and Essex County continue to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these public health measures:
- Get vaccinated (for individuals 12 years of age and older)
- Stay home if you are sick
- Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from others
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Use a non-medical face mask when physical distancing is not possible
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough
Due to privacy considerations, the WECHU will not be disclosing publicly any further details about the cases.