Still Zero Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor-Essex Says Health Unit, Saturday

Saturday March 14th, 2020

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit says there are still zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex.

“I want to assure the Public that the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is working with the Ministry of Health, our health care and community partners to monitor the situation related to COVID-19 in our community,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health. “Currently there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex.”

“Information changes rapidly and the WECHU is committed to communicating regular and timely updates to the public through daily statements to the media.”

In the wake of the threat, Dr. Wajid Ahmed says citizens should practice social distancing as much as possible, and limit all non-necessary travel outside of Canada.

Dr. Ahmed says the Health Unit considers those who work daily in Michigan to be local commmuters and the recommendation does not apply.

Dr. Ahmed says the Federal Government recommends all events over 250 people should be cancelled at this time and that everyone should practice social distancing.

He said all daycares are strongly encouraged to actively screen children for symptoms.

Dr. Ahmed says the public should be reassured that the Health Unit is committed to regularly communicating the situation and official information through regular statements to the media.

Here’s a list of the new recommendations provided by the Health Unit:

Travel

  • Residents should restrict all non-essential travel outside of Canada.
  • Travelers returning from travel outside of Canada should self isolate for 14 days.
  • If symptomatic, residents should contact the WECHU at 519-258-2146 ext. 1420 or Telehealth at 1-866-797-000.
  • Families with children (17 and under) choosing to travel outside of Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

Large gatherings and events

  • Immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings of over 250 people
  • Organizers with smaller gatherings are encouraged to reach out to the WECHU to discuss their event
  • Practice social distancing as much as possible

Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes, Supportive Housing, Hospices and other congregate care settings

  • Only allow essential visitors, those who are visiting a resident who is dying or very ill or parent/guardian of an ill child or youth
  • All visitors must be actively screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and recent travel

Day camps, Child Care and Early Years

  • There are no provincial closures of day cares or day camps
  • All child care centres should actively screen children, parents, staff and visitors for any symptoms and travel history that may be related to COVID-19
  • Any family with children who have traveled outside of Canada are restricted from attending day camps, child care centres and must self-isolate for 14 days following return
  • Incorporate environmental cleaning practices

For more information and guidance for childcare centres: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/guidance-schools-childcare-programs.html.

Universities and Colleges

  • Restrict all events and gatherings of more than 250 people
  • Increase cleaning and disinfection
  • Communicate with students to practice social distancing
  • Investigate virtual options for services and classes for students and staff

Workplaces

  • Communicate with employees on prevention measures to limit the spread of germs
  • Limit all non-essential work travel outside of Canada
  • Communicate to employees that have travelled outside of Canada with children to stay home and self-isolate for 14 days following travel
  • Incorporate environmental cleaning practices

For more information and guidance for Workplaces: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus-occupational-health-safety.html

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Cough, fever, difficulty breathing AND recent travel (past 14 days) to affected areas or close contact with someone who has symptoms and recent travel.

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