506 Total Cases Of COVID-19, 4 Additional Deaths In Windsor Essex As Of Tuesday Morning

Tuesday April 21st, 2020

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Last updated: Wednesday April 22nd, 1:21pm

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 24 additional cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning, bringing the local total to 506. They say 88 people locally have recovered.

The Health Unit confirmed 4 additional deaths due to COVID-19 on Tuesday morning bringing the local death toll to 31.  Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health says two males in their 90s, one male in his 60s and one male in his 40s passed away.  He says the two males in their 90s were residents of long-term care, and the male in his 40s had high blood pressure, was formerly a smoker, and had no other pre-existing conditions.

Theresa Marentette, CEO of the Windsor Essex County Health Unit says 22 of the 31 total, local deaths have been residents in long-term care.

Dr. Ahmed says one local long-term care home — Extendicare Southwood Lakes — is no longer under outbreak.  Dr. Ahmed says an outbreak is considered over after there are no new cases of COVID-19 for 14 days after the last case was placed in isolation.

Cases increased from 482 on Monday April 20th to 506 on Tuesday April 21st.

The Health Unit says 4,324 tests have been conducted as of Tuesday and 557 tests are still pending.

Dr. Ahmed, along with Dr. Jennifer Bondy, a local physician, demonstrated the new website announced Monday.  ehealthwindsoressex.ca is a tool that offers a virtual walk-in clinic, an online COVID-19 self-assessment tool, and a local healthcare services directory.

Dr. Bondy says the virtual walk-in clinic was designed for patients to be able to reach a family doctor or nurse practitioner when they do not have a primary health care provider, or are unable to access their usual primary care.

The virtual walk-in clinic aims to match patients by phone with a local family physician or nurse practitioner within two hours.

While the virtual walk-in clinic was designed for patients during the current provincial restrictions and closures, Dr. Bondy says keeping the clinic open in the future is not off the table.  “Virtual care is certainly something that is becoming increasingly popular, and is something that community members would like to see more of,” she said.

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