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311 Total Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex, Sunday Afternoon

Sunday April 12th, 2020, 1:10pm


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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 12 additional cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday afternoon, bringing the local total to 311. Cases increased from 299 reported Saturday April 11th to 311 Sunday April 12th. There are no new deaths as of Sunday afternoon and the death toll locally stands at eight.

The Health Unit says 2,293 tests have been conducted as of Sunday and 300 tests are still pending. They say 23 people locally have recovered. There are still seven outbreaks at local long-term care facilities:

  1. Amica Riverside (Windsor)
  2. County Village Homes (Woodslee)
  3. Extendicare Southwood Lakes (Windsor)
  4. Franklin Gardens (Leamington)
  5. Heron Terrace (Windsor)
  6. Lifetimes on Riverside (Windsor)
  7. Village of St. Clair (Windsor)

The Health Unit says since Easter Sunday “is a day often devoted to families, community and of course children” that it’s “important to remember that children are resilient and look to their parents for direction.”

“Parents’ reactions to the changes of COVID-19 will dictate how children will feel about their surroundings and the changes in their day-to-day lives,” the Health Unit said in a statement. “Communicating with children can be challenging for parents coping with their own fears and while each parent knows their own child best, there are a few key principles that can help.”

The Health Unit recommends the following:

  • Stay calm: Children will recognize when you are stressed or anxious.
  • Keep it simple and clear: Tell them what they can do to keep themselves safe.
  • Listen: Pay attention to what they are saying about their thoughts and feelings.
  • Keep information age-appropriate: Follow their lead and don’t over or under-complicate your message.
  • Limit news and media exposure: Turn off the TV and limit screen time.
  • Establish a flexible routine: Structure is important but be prepared for changes in plans.

“For children 5 to 17 it is important that they get 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity, 30-180 minutes for kids 0-4,” officials said. “Ensuring that kids maintain activity will help keep their bodies healthy and strong and has benefits to overall mental health. In addition to daily movement, children and parents need to receive good-quality sleep. For kids 0-4 sleep should range between 12-17 hours a day including naps, kids 5-13 should get 9-11 hours, and kids 13-17 years should be sleeping 8-10 hours per night. Setting a good sleep schedule and maintaining activity everyday is important to children’s healthy growth and development and supports overall wellbeing and mental health.”

“As well, while we are all connected virtually taking a break from the screen each day is imperative for youth especially before bed,” the Health Unit said. “Breaking up screen time with fun activities both learning and active will create a balanced day for the whole family.”

For more information, the Health Unit advises parents and guardians to check out the Canadian 24-hour Movement guidelines.

If parents or guardians have concerns that their child may be struggling with their mental health, the Health Unit says they should pay attention to changes in the child’s behaviour or emotions, such as angry outbursts or depressed mood, that last most of the day or for a longer period of time (i.e., more than a week).

The Health Unit says if children share with their parents that they feel sad or anxious a lot or express thoughts of hurting themselves, help should be sought from a mental health professional.

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