92 Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex, First Local Death As Of Wednesday

Wednesday April 1st, 2020

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has announced the first local death of COVID 19 along with 27 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex as of Wednesday, bringing the local total to 92.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health says the first death was a male in his 80’s with underlying chronic conditions who was admitted to hospital with respiratory issues. The man was admitted to the ICU and died Tuesday. Dr. Ahmed says the man had travelled to Michigan recently.

Health Unit CEO Theresa Marentette says 27 per cent of local cases are within the 50 to 59 years of age group.

As of Wednesday morning, the Health Unit says 1134 people have been tested and 317 tests are still pending.

“We must act now and we must act together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Dr. Ahmed.  “Break the chain of transmission.”

Last updated: Wednesday April 1st, 10:56am

The Health Unit says of the 65 confirmed cases reported Tuesday, 8 are considered resolved or recovered.  They say 40 cases reported travel history, and 28 of the 40 were travel to Michigan.

The Health Unit has provided this chart showing an overview of current confirmed cases by age for Windsor-Essex as of 10:30am, Wednesday, April 1st, 2020.

Current Provincial Guidance & Restrictions
The province is providing guidance, recommendations and restrictions on a regular basis to public health. As of March 17th, 2020, under the provincial Emergency Act the following orders are in place until April 15th:

  • Mandatory under the federal Quarantine Act, 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.
  • Prohibition on organized public events and social gatherings over 5 people (funerals can have up to 10)
  • Closure of all communal or shared public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario including gardens, parks, sports fields beaches, etc.
  • Closure of all Ontario Parks to visitors
  • Closure of all licenced child care centres
  • Closure of all public schools
  • Closure of all public libraries
  • Closure of all facilities providing indoor recreational programs
  • Closure of all private schools as defined in the Education Act
  • Closure of all Theatres and movie theatres
  • Closure of all concert venues
  • Closure of all Casinos (until further notice)
  • Closure of all bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery
  • Closure of all non-essential workplaces
  • 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
  • Suspension of all non-essential travel outside of Canada
  • Physical distancing (2 Metres)

Orders are being actively enforced.

Be advised that there is currently a state of emergency declared for the City of Windsor and the County of Essex

Current recommendations from Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health
Dr. Wajid Ahmed supports all of the recommendations and restrictions provided by the Government of Ontario for the City of Windsor and County of Essex. As well Dr. Ahmed recommends:

  • All residents returning from travel outside of Canada self-isolate for 14-days upon return, including essential workers returning from non-essential travel.
  • Seniors and high risk individuals should avoid any non-essential trips and stay home as much as possible.
  • 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.
  • Employers in Windsor and Essex should make arrangements for their employees to work from home whenever possible. If work from home is not an option, please ensure that your workplace follows the 2 meter physical distancing measure to ensure the safety and well-being of all employees and the community.
  • Healthcare workers especially those who work in long term care homes and are employed in multiple settings should work with their employers to restrict their work to one institution (whenever possible) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Physicians should screen clients over the phone and refer as appropriate.
  • Implement your 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 and take the online self assessment tool for COVID-19.

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