COVID-19 cases in Windsor still at 0

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Windsor, Photo by Mark Brown, Blackburn News.

According to the latest information from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex.

In a media release Sunday morning, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) said 56 people have been tested for the virus, with 14 tests pending.

As a response to the pandemic, the health unit has implemented its Incident Management System including redeployment of staff from regular program areas to support the efforts.

The unit has also introduced screening measures.

“The WECHU staff are screening individuals over the phone for symptoms of COVID-19 and reviewing travel and contact history,” said the release. “Based on this screening, public health determines if individuals should be tested for COVID-19.”

The release states that the health unit has been responding to hundreds of calls, emails and social media messages a day from people who think they may have been exposed to the virus. WECHU officials also plan to provide daily updates to the public with the latest information.

“We acknowledge this can be a stressful time and encourage you to continue to go to our website for new information and tune in for daily live streamed updates from the WECHU on Facebook beginning Monday, March 16,” said Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health.

On Monday, Windsor Regional Hospital, in discussion with the health unit, will open a COVID-19 Assessment Centre at its Ouellette campus.