184 Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor-Essex As Of Sunday; Outbreaks At 6 Long Term Care Homes

Sunday April 5th, 2020

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 24 additional cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday afternoon bringing the local total to 184 from 160 on Saturday.  There are three total local deaths with no new deaths as of Sunday.

As of Sunday afternoon, the Health Unit says 1,496 people have been tested and 202 tests are still pending.

There are 13,904 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 4,038 cases in Ontario, with 119 total deaths.

The Health Unit has released this graph showing the distribution of cases in different age groups as of Sunday afternoon.

Long-Term Care Outbreaks

Officials say there are outbreaks at the following facilities:

CORRECTION:  The Health Unit said earlier there was 2 staff cases at The Village of St. Clair/Schlegel Village.  That was incorrect and the Health Unit has now changed it to only one case.

The Health Unit says health inspectors regularly monitor and support long term care facilities. They say outbreaks are managed through outbreak management protocols under the advice and guidance of public health. Officials say any facility with at least one positive case of COVID-19 in a staff person or resident is considered an outbreak as per Ministry of Health direction.

“Long-Term Care residences support the most vulnerable in our community,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health. “The healthcare workers that serve these institutions provide an important and critical service.”

“It is imperative that staff who are ill stay home,” he said. “As well I reiterate my strong recommendation that healthcare workers, particularly those that serve long-term care, restrict their employment to only one facility during this pandemic. All healthcare workers should monitor daily for symptoms and self-isolate when not at work.”

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