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314 Total Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex, Monday Afternoon

Monday April 13th, 2020, 1:08pm


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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 3 additional cases of COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon, bringing the local total to 314.

Cases increased from 311 reported Sunday April 12th to 314 Monday April 13th. There are no new deaths as of Monday afternoon and the death toll locally stands at eight.

The Health Unit says 2,358 tests have been conducted as of Monday and 266 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)

More details regarding COVID-19 outbreaks can be found on the WECHU website.

The Health Unit is warning of the dangers of alcohol after a recent spike in sales across Ontario.

“One alarming shift that is occurring during the pandemic, is the high increase in alcohol sales provincially,” the Health Unit said in a statement.  “Alcohol already accounts for the largest number of local emergency department visits compared to any other substance, and it contributes to a large burden of chronic disease, including heart disease, liver disease, and many forms of cancer. It is important that people drink in moderation and rely on healthy forms of stress relief, such as physical activity, sleep, and healthy eating.”

The Health Unit says drinking alcohol, even small amounts, poses risks to mental and physical health.

“The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Alcohol (CCSA) Low Risk Drinking Guidelines provide recommendations for those who choose to drink, in order to lower these risks,” the Health Unit said. “The guidelines recommend no more than 10 drinks a week for women (with no more than 2 drinks per day most days) and no more than 15 drinks in a week for men (with no more than 3 drinks a day most days) in order to reduce the long-term risks associated with drinking. Of course there are populations which should never consume alcohol, such as pregnant women, those who are taking medicines that interact with alcohol, those responsible for the safety of others, those with mental health concerns, or those who are living with alcohol dependence. Following the Low Risk Drinking Guidelines will ensure that there is balance in your consumption and will help to mitigate health risks associated with alcohol now and later in your life.”

The Health Unit says if you have a history of dependence on alcohol and are considering drinking again, they recommend you contact your treatment provider or recovery supports to develop a strategy for managing during these challenging times.

“COVID-19 has taken centre stage in the world and has become everyone’s focus,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health. “While it is important that we continue to fight this virus, we cannot lose sight of everything else. It is hard to maintain calm during this stressful time, but it is essential that we find balance. Alcohol already takes too large of a toll on the health of our community.”

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