For the primary time since March, Windsor-Essex has no new circumstances of COVID-19
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
This is the first time since March that no new cases have emerged in the region.
There are currently 36 active cases in Windsor-Essex with a total of 2,774 confirmed cases and 76 deaths. The number of solved cases is 2,662.
An agricultural workplace in Kingsville, a food and beverage workplace in Kingsville, and a construction workplace in Lakeshore are affected by outbreaks.
Regency Park, a nursing home in Windsor, will no longer experience an outbreak as of Wednesday.
A day of “happy dancing” for health officials
Windsor-Essex health officials welcomed the conference call on Wednesday. According to the health unit, there are no new cases in the region for the first time since March 27.
“It felt amazing,” said Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Health Officer for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
Ahmed said his first reaction was to tell health department manager Theresa Marentette that they could finally do the “happy dance” they agreed when a day without new cases came.
Ahmed attributed the community’s success under public health guidelines.
“The community has done an excellent job in all of this,” he said.
Cases at Chatham Kent Schools
The Tecumseh Public School reported a new case on Wednesday.
Two people from St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim have also tested positive for COVID-19, according to Chatham-Kent Public Health.
People contracted the infection outside of school and are self-isolating.
Public Health said it is working with the St. Clair District School Board to provide next steps and additional support, and to reach out to all close ties.
The health unit also reports that a service provider who works with both the St. Clair County Catholic School Board and Lambton-Kent County School Board has tested positive.
This person is also self-isolating and the health unit has notified all affected schools, including Ursuline College Chatham, St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim, Harwich-Raleigh Public School and Blenheim District High School.
The health unit said it had notified all close contacts and advised them to self-isolate.
How and where to book a COVID-19 test
Walk-in tests for the novel coronavirus are no longer available in the province. Anyone in Ontario who needs a COVID-19 test must schedule an appointment at an assessment center or select pharmacies.
According to the province, those wishing to book a test in an assessment center should only do so if they:
- Have a symptom of COVID-19.
- Are you at high risk for someone who has the virus as advised by your health authority or through the COVID Alert app.
- Is a resident or works in an area with a COVID-19 outbreak.
- Residents or workers in nursing homes.
- Nursing home visitor.
- Residents or workers in homeless shelters.
- International students who have exceeded their 14-day quarantine period.
- Farm workers.
- Individuals who need a COVID-19 test for international travel authorization.
- Identify yourself as indigenous.
- Residents or workers in other residential areas and institutions.
Windsor Regional Hospital operates two assessment centers – one on the hospital’s Ouellette campus and one in the St. Clair College sports complex.
People can no longer come by for testing at these facilities. Instead, they have to book an appointment here online or get support by calling 519-973-4443. These websites are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Erie Shores HealthCare also operates an assessment center based on the same criteria as the Windsor Regional Hospital.
If you’d like to book a test with Erie Shores Healthcare, you can do so online here or call 519-326-2373 (ext 4263). The assessment center in Leamington is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Asymptomatic tests are currently available at three Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies in Windsor. The person must also fall into one of five categories:
- Living, working, or visiting a long-term care facility.
- Living or volunteering in an animal shelter.
- Have been cleared for international travel.
- An international student who travels to the country to go to school after the 14-day isolation period has expired.
- An indigenous person.
For more information or to find a testing site near you, visit the Ontario COVID-19 testing website.
COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton
Lambton Public Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. There have been a total of 365 cases in Lambton County, nine of which are currently active.
25 people have died in the region in the course of the pandemic.
COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent
Chatham-Kent Public Health reported four new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. There have been a total of 378 cases in Chatham-Kent and there are currently 12 confirmed active cases.
Three people have died of the disease in the region.