Zero Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor-Essex, Monday; Social Distancing Strongly Recommended

Monday March 16th, 2020

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Dr. Wajid Ahmed speaks to the media, Monday morning

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit says there are still zero cases of COVID-19 in Windsor Essex, but social distancing should still be practiced by everyone.

The Health Unit says 62 people have been tested so far, and 13 tests are still pending.

Officials say social distancing should continue to take place as much as possible in the community.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed says people should consider staying one meter from each other and avoid kissing and hugging.

“It is normal to feel stressed or confused during a time like this,” said Ahmed. “Information is changing quickly and can be overwhelming. It is important to stay grounded and connected to friends, family and loved ones for social support”

“Don’t forget to take care of yourself, eat well, sleep well and stay active to lower stress,” he said. “The risk is still low for Windsor-Essex and public health is committed to bringing you information daily.”

Current Provincial Guidance
The province is providing guidance and recommendations on a regular basis to public health. As of March 16th, 2020, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams has recommended:

  • All non-essential travel outside of Canada be suspended.
  • Anyone traveling outside of Canada should self-isolate for 14 days upon return. If symptoms develop during self-isolation, including fever and/or cough call public health at 519-258-2146 ext. 1420.
  • School Closures for two weeks following March Break.
  • Child Care Centres must actively screen visitors, staff, children and parents for symptoms and travel history and exclude as appropriate.
  • Long Term Care, Retirement Facilities, Hospice, and residential care facilities only permit essential visitors and actively screen visitors for symptoms and travel history, excluding entry if failed screening.
  • Immediately suspending all large events or public gatherings of 250 people or more.
  • Consult with local public health for further recommendations.
  • University and Colleges consider virtual options.

Current recommendations from Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health

  • Practice social distancing where feasible, including avoiding large crowds.
  • All area businesses should exclude workers for 14 days following travel outside of Canada.
  • Anyone travelling outside of Canada should self-isolate for 14 days upon return and contact the WECHU if they develop symptoms.
  • Commuters that cross to Detroit for work purposes should consider work from home options with their employer where possible and regularly self-monitor for any symptoms including taking their temperature.
  • All public settings and workplaces should increase environmental cleaning practices and reach out to the WECHU environmental health department for support or questions related to disinfecting at 519-258-2146 ext. 4475.
  • Create an emergency preparedness plan to ensure you have what you need in case of self-isolation.
  • Wash hands with soap & water thoroughly and often.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue. Dispose of tissue immediately and wash your hands.
  • Keep surfaces clean and disinfected.
  • Stay home when you are sick; call your health care provider for advice.

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