8 New Cases Of COVID-19 In Windsor Essex, 1 Additional Death As Of Saturday Afternoon

Saturday May 2nd, 2020

Posted at 1:15pm

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has confirmed 8 additional cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday afternoon, bringing the local total to 612. They said 198 people locally have recovered.

Cases increased from 604 on Friday May 1st to 612 on Saturday May 2nd.

The Health Unit has confirmed one additional death as of Saturday bringing the local death toll to 51.  They say a woman in her nineties passed away on Friday and that she was positive for COVID-19 and was a resident of a long-term care facility.

“I, and the team at WECHU, share our condolences and sympathies with the family on the loss of their loved one,” said Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.  “It is never easy to lose someone, but during COVID-19 it is especially challenging.”

Of the 51 total, local deaths, the Health Unit says 37 deaths have been residents of long-term care and retirement homes. The Health Unit says Extendicare Southwood Lakes, Franklin Gardens, Sun Parlour Home, Heron Terrace, Lifetimes on Riverside, AMICA at Windsor, and Country Village Homes remain under outbreak.

As of Saturday afternoon 7,752 tests have been conducted and 1,361 tests are still pending.

Dr. Ahmed is reminding residents to do the following:

  • Only make necessary and essential trips to stores, limiting the frequency of trips;
  • Practice physical distancing at all times, keeping two metres from others;
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or sanitize your hands with an alcohol based sanitizer;
  • Do not touch your nose, eyes, or mouth until you have washed your hands;
  • Consider wearing a mask if physical distancing cannot be maintained when in public, do not put masks on children two and under, and make sure to wear them properly;
  • Remember social gatherings of more than 5 people are not permitted;
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or tissue;
  • Stay home if you are sick and contact your medical provider. If you do not have one, go to ehealthwindsoressex.ca to find and book an appointment with a provider in your area.

The Health Unit says enforcement officers are actively responding to complaints of violations to provincial orders in coordination with local bylaw and police. To make a complaint, you’re asked to visit the Health Unit’s website or call the Environmental Health department at (519) 258-2146 ext. 4475.

“We are all in this together and we must all continue to do our part to keep ourselves and our community safe,” said Dr. Ahmed. “As recommendations and restrictions change the public should not forget to continue practicing measures for their own protection, especially regular and frequent hand washing and physical distancing.”

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