UPDATED: Three Additional Deaths, 541 Total Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex As Of Friday Morning

Friday April 24th, 2020

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Last updated: Friday April 24th, 9:57am

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit confirmed 16 additional cases of COVID-19 as of Friday morning, bringing the local total to 541. They said 122 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 525 on Thursday April 23rd to 541 on Friday April 24th.

The Health Unit confirmed three additional deaths due to COVID-19 as of Friday morning bringing the local death toll to 35. They say a female in her 90s, and two females in their 80s, all positive for COVID-19, passed away Thursday.

The Health Unit says 5,002 tests have been conducted as of Friday and 663 tests are still pending.

The Health Unit says there is no longer an outbreak at Franklin Gardens long-term care home however there are still outbreaks at Sun Parlour Home, Heron Terrace, Lifetimes on Riverside, AMICA at Windsor, and Country Village Homes.

Weekly Epidemiological Summary

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health, presented the Health Unit’s weekly epidemiological summary which looked at local case trends. He said currently, 2 per cent of local cases have been in intensive care, 5 per cent have been hospitalized, 6 per cent have died, 39 per cent self isolated, and 22 per cent have recovered.

Dr. Ahmed says the last slide is encouraging as it shows that we are flattening the curve. He says last time he showed this graph, Windsor Essex was in an upward trajectory, but right now the graph is showing flattening thanks to all of our public health measures. “Whatever we are doing is working and we need to continue to do what we’re doing,” he said.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed says the Epidemic Curve helps to show the progression of the disease (symptom onset date).

Dr. Ahmed says this graph shows confirmed cases by date, broken down between community acquired and long-term care homes.

Dr. Ahmed says this graph shows how prevalent the disease is in the community. He says a high number of positive cases means “we have a problem” but Windsor Essex is seeing a low number of positive cases.

A breakdown of confirmed cases by age group and gender.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed presented this graph which shows the distribution of cases across Windsor and Essex County. He says “do not take this as an indicator of which community is good and which is bad or if my community is safer or my community is worse.” He says COVID-19 is distributed to these municipalities primarily based on their population size.

This graph shows the source of the total cases at this time.

This graph shows the distribution of cases across health care workers.

Of the COVID-19 cases confirmed in Windsor Essex, this graph shows the number of cases with chronic medical conditions, immunocompromised, both combined, pregnancy and not applicable.

This graph shows the symptoms local cases have experienced and the prevalence of those symptoms.

This graph shows the outcomes of cases. Currently, 2 per cent of local cases have been in the ICU, 5 per cent have been hospitalized, 6 per cent have died, 39 per cent self isolated and 22 per cent have recovered.

This graph shows a breakdown of the age and genders of local COVID-19 deaths.

This graph shows a breakdown of deaths between the long term care/retirement homes and the general population. The Health Unit says 10 per cent of local COVID-19 deaths have occurred in long-term care/retirement homes and 3.3 per cent of deaths have occurred in the general community.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed says the last slide is encouraging as it shows that we are flattening the curve. He says last time he showed this graph, Windsor Essex was in an upward trajectory, but right now the graph is showing flattening thanks to all of our public health measures. “Whatever we are doing is working and we need to continue to do what we’re doing,” he said.

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