Health Unit Update On COVID-19

Tuesday March 10th, 2020

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The Windsor and Essex County Health Unit has issued a local update on COVID-19.

Currently there are no cases of COVID-19 locally and 36 confirmed cases in Ontario.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit recommends that residents planning to travel be aware of the health risks and check your destination, before you leave, for any updated travel advisories.

Currently, the Public Health Agency of Canada is recommending that all travellers monitor their health for fever, cough, and difficulty breathing for 14 days after you arrive in Canada. It is recognized COVID-19 affected areas include all of mainland China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Spain. If you have travelled to any of these affected areas in the last 14 days, please contact the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-2146.

For those who have travelled abroad to any countries currently not on the affected area list, as noted above, and are concerned about potential contact with someone who has COVID-19, to contact the Health Unit to discuss your exposure history in order to determine next steps.

The Health Unit is recommending that organizers use discretion when planning large public gatherings such as religious events, conferences, or large social gatherings. Event organizers and participants should be diligent to practice and promote routine infection prevention and control measures including good personal health habits such as handwashing and ensuring access to washrooms with soap & water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

The Health Unit  is asking residents to take everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses such as:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home if you are sick
  • routine cleaning of frequently used surfaces and objects (e.g., light switches, door handles)

 

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