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Case Counts & Statistics

Last updated: Friday, July 3, 2020 - 9:30am

Case Counts in Windsor and Essex County
See data notes.

Due to new provincial guidance regarding the scope of testing for COVID-19, the WECHU will no longer be posting the total and pending number of tests in our community.

Confirmed Cases


1,621

Deaths


68

Resolved Cases


971

Current LTC & RH Outbreaks


2

Current Workplace Outbreaks


4

Epidemic Curve of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Windsor and Essex County

Current Workplace Outbreaks

Sector

Municipality

# of workplaces

Agriculture

Kingsville

2

Leamington

2

Note: Workplace outbreak defined as two (2) or more employees testing positive for COVID-19 within a reasonable timeline to suspect transmission in the workplace.

Current LTCH/RH Outbreaks

Premise

Address

Type

Date Reported

# of Residents

# of Staff

Devonshire Retirement Residence 901 Riverside Dr. W, Windsor, ON N9A7J6 RH 30-Jun-20 0 3

Extendicare Tecumseh

2475 St. Alphonse Ave, Tecumseh, ON N8N 2X2

LTCH

27-Jun-20

1

0

Rescinded LTCH/RH Outbreaks

Facility

Date Reported

Date Rescinded

Village of Aspen Lake 15-Jun-20 27-Jun-2020
Country Village Homes 08-Jun-20 21-June-20

Chartwell Royal Oak

23-May-20

03-June-20

Sun Parlour Home

16-Apr-20

08-May-20

Regency Park

12-May-20

22-May-20

Extendicare Tecumseh (St. Alphonse)

14-May-20

22-May-20

Riverside Place

09-May-20

18-May-20

Berkshire Care Centre

05-May-20

15-May-20

Leamington Mennonite Home 09-May-20 21-May-20
Chartwell Oak Park Terrace 09-May-20 21-May-20
Village at St. Clair 03-May-20 16-May-20
Franklin Gardens 27-Apr-20 09-May-20
Amica at Windsor 01-Apr-20 20-May-20

Lifetimes on Riverside

01-Apr-20

19-May-20

Chartwell Kingsville

06-May-20

19-May-20

Chartwell Oak Park LaSalle

05-May-20

16-May-20

Dolce Vita 9-May-20 21-May-20
Extendicare Southwood Lakes 28-Apr-20 07-May-20
Banwell Gardens 12-May-20 21-May-20
Heron Terrace 21-Mar-20 03-Jun-20

Note: Long-term care facility or retirement home outbreak defined as one or more resident or staff case(s). For more information on other respiratory or enteric outbreaks please visit our outbreaks page.

Number of confirmed cases and deaths

Jurisdiction

Confirmed Cases

Deaths

Chatham-Kent

158

1

Lambton County (Sarnia)

285

25

Middlesex-London

627

57

Ontario

35,370

2,680

Canada

104,772

8,642

Michigan

64,675

5,966

  • Detroit

11,638

1,445

USA

2,739,879

128,740

Worldwide

10,890,511

521,694

Weekly Epidemiological Summary

The Windsor-Essex Weekly Epidemiological Summaries are posted every Monday for the preceding week.

Every week day at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., the Province of Ontario's Novel Coronavirus web page will be updated with the most up-to-date information including the status of cases in Ontario.

Data Notes

The information is provisional and subject to change. As the WECHU continues to investigate individual cases, there will be corrections to the statuses and details that result in changes to this report.

Unknown refers to cases still pending an investigation and/or data that is not known about a case.

Cases in this dataset are reported based on Reported date. This is when the WECHU was notified of a positive test result.

Travel includes travel outside of Windsor and Essex County.

Resolved refers to cases that are recovered and cases that are not currently listed as hospitalized, self-isolated or in the ICU, those that are 14 days past symptom onset (if present) or 14 days past the episode date if the case is closed.

Deaths among non-laboratory confirmed cases reported are not included. Reported deaths are only provided if COVID-19 has contributed to the cause of death.

Daily Updates

July 2

  • The Ontario government announced it is providing municipalities and urban Indigenous community partners with an additional $150 million to continue to protect vulnerable people from COVID-19 by improving homeless shelters and creating opportunities for longer-term housing.
  • The guidance document for Management of Cases and Contacts of COVID-19 in Ontario that was previously released has now been uploaded to the Ministry’s website.

July 1

June 30

June 29

June 28

June 27

  • The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until July 10, 2020, while removing restrictions that were limiting access to certain sport training facilities. This decision was made in consultation with Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health to ensure the safe and gradual reopening of the province on a regional basis can continue as part of Ontario's Framework for Reopening the Province.

June 26

  • The latest version of the Quick Reference Public Health Guidance on Testing and Clearance has been uploaded to the Ministry’s website.
  • The Ontario government announced it is providing up to $4 million for the Seniors Community Grant Program. This funding will help non-profit organizations, local services boards, or Indigenous groups develop programs for seniors that focus on combatting social isolation, promoting seniors' safety and well-being, improving financial security and making communities age-friendly.

June 25

  • None

June 24

  • WECHU Media Statement – Media Statement Regarding Premier Ford’s Announcement
  • The Ontario government announced it is allowing Windsor-Essex to move into Stage 2 of reopening on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., with the exception of the Municipality of Leamington and the Town of Kingsville. These areas are being held back due to the higher transmission rates in the local agriculture and agri-food sector. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the local Medical Officer of Health of Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
  • The Quick Reference Public Health Guidance on Testing and Clearing Cases has been updated. The updated guidance provides more information on management and clearance of asymptomatic cases and on work self-isolation in non-health care settings. It will be available shortly in French and English on the Ministry’s website.
  • The guidance document for Management of Cases and Contacts of COVID-19 in Ontario has also been updated and is attached. It will be available shortly in French and English on the Ministry’s website.

June 23

June 22

  • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m.: June 22nd Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • The Ontario government is allowing more businesses and services to open and getting more people back to work by moving the City of Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2 on Wednesday. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the local medical officers of health. It is based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to do rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing.

June 21

  • None

June 20

June 19

June 18

  • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m.: June 18th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • The Ontario government released its safety plan for the resumption of class for the 2020-21 school year, outlining scenarios for how students, teachers and staff can safely return to classrooms in September. The plan also provides choice to parents, enhanced online learning, and additional funding. While the decision to return to the normal school day routine will continue to be based on medical advice, boards and schools are being asked to plan for alternative scenarios that may need to be implemented in September depending on the province's COVID-19 situation. The government’s Approach to reopening schools for the 2020-2021 school year can be found on the  Government website.
  • Updated guidance documents for Community Pharmacies and Independent Health Facilities have been posted to the Ministry’s website.

June 17, 2020

  • Advice for Religious Services, Rites or Ceremonies has been posted on the Ministry’s website.
  • The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This extension will be in effect until June 30, 2020 to ensure the government continues to have the necessary tools to safely and gradually reopen the province, while continuing to support frontline health care workers and protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19.
  • The government has a dedicated PPE supplier directory providing a list of companies that sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies. 

June 16, 2020

  • More people will be able to get back to work as additional businesses and services in certain regions across Ontario can begin reopening this Friday. The Ontario government  in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local medical officers of health is enabling more regions of the province to enter Stage 2 of the government's reopening framework.
  • The Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a memo to hospitals regarding resumption of visitors in acute care settings. The “COVID-19 Acute Care Guidance” and “Operational Requirements for Health Sector Restart” have been updated to support resumption of visitors in acute care settings. Memo and updated guidance documents will be posted on the Ministry’s website shortly.

June 15, 2020

  • The Ontario government announced it is providing more flexibility on the number of attendees permitted at indoor and outdoor wedding and funeral ceremonies. Based on positive public health trends the government is extending the number of people allowed to attend an indoor wedding or funeral ceremony to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity of the ceremony venue.  

June 14, 2020

  • No updates.

June 13, 2020

  • Emergency Orders have been updated to reflect Stage 2 opening in parts of the province.
  • People throughout Ontario are being encouraged to establish a social "circle" of no more than 10 people who can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing. Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, updated public health advice to come into effect immediately province-wide to allow social circles of up to 10 members, including those outside the immediate household. Social circles will support the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and help reduce social isolation.
  • The Ministry of Health has updated the Patient Screening Guidance document and it will be available shortly on the Ministry’s website.
  • A new Guidance for Workplace Outbreaks has been created to support public health case investigations and outbreak management in workplaces. It will be available shortly on the Ministry’s website.
  • The revised CMOH Directive #3 and guidance documents for resuming visits in Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes and certain Congregate Living Settings have been uploaded to the Ministry’s website.
  • Today, the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility (MSAA) and Ontario Health released details of the testing strategy for retirement homes.  The following documents are available on the Ministry of Health’s website:
  • Memo: COVID-19 Testing for Retirement Homes
  • COVID-19 Surveillance Testing – Guidance Regarding Retirement Homes Staff and Resident Testing
  • COVID-19 Test Requisition

June 12, 2020

  • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – June 12th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government announced the gradual resumption of visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other residential care settings, starting on June 18, 2020.
  • Directive #3 for Long – Term Care Homes under the Long – Term Care Homes Act has been revised and will be posted to the Ministry website. Long-Term Care guidance documents will also be updated in accordance with the revised Directive and will also be available shortly online in French and English.

June 11, 2020

  • The Ontario government has developed a plan for the gradual and safe resumption of in-person instruction at postsecondary institutions across the province for the summer term. The plan was developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
  • The Ministry of Education released an operational guidance document for childcare center re-opening. It is available on the Ministry of Education website.

June 10, 2020

  • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – June 10th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Today, the Ontario government announced its plan to reopen child care centres across the province to support the next stage of the province's reopening framework. Developed in consultation with Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical leaders at The Hospital for Sick Children, the plan will require child care operators to follow strict health protocols to ensure the safety of child care staff and children.
  • On June 8th, 2020, the Minister of Health issued an updated order and direction under the Health Protection and Promotion Act requiring specified health care providers as well as retirement homes to report on their Critical Supplies & Equipment inventories and anticipated needs. This order and direction replaces the order issued on March 27th, 2020, and allow for a reduction in reporting frequency from daily to twice weekly. The updated Minister’s order and direction is available on the MOH COVID-19 Website. Instructions for participation are published on the Ontario Health Website.

June 9, 2020

  • WECHU News Release at 11 a.m. – June 9th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Today, the Ontario government announced that it is getting more people back to work and more recreational activities open by moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province. In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials, the government is easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so, based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing.

June 8, 2020

June 7, 2020

  • The Ontario government, after consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 19, 2020.

June 6, 2020

  • WECHU News Release at 11 a.m. – Increased COVID-19 Testing to Start in Agri-Food Sector

  • The Acute Care Guidance Document has been updated for consistency in language with other guidance documents. The Summary of Required Precautions table has been updated as well. Both English and French versions will be posted on the Ministry’s website shortly.

June 5, 2020

  • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – June 5th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • The Ontario government has appointed Dr. Jane Philpott as the special advisor to support the design and implementation of the new Ontario Health Data Platform (formerly known as PANTHR). This data platform will provide recognized researchers and health system partners with access to anonymized health data that will allow them to better detect, plan, and respond to COVID-19. As well, this platform will support projects from the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund.
  • Guidance for Summer Day Camps has been posted on the Ministry’s website.

June 4, 2020

  • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – June 4th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • The website for temporary pandemic pay has been updated with more information on the implementation of the program.
  • In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario has extended the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30. The decision supports the government's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and protect the health and safety of Ontarians as the province reopens in a measured and responsible way.

June 3, 2020

  • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – June 3rd Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • The Ontario government continues investing in local manufacturers in order to keep frontline workers and communities safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. More innovative businesses are receiving financial support today through the Ontario Together Fund to re-tool their processes and increase their capacity to make personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30. The decision supports the government's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and protect the health and safety of Ontarians as the province reopens in a measured and responsible way. 

June 2, 2020

  • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – June 2nd Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Guidance for Congregate Living for Vulnerable Populations has been posted on the Ministry’s website.
  • A new guidance document has been developed to support summer day camps that will operate during the months of July and August 2020. The document in English and French will be posted on the Ministry’s website in the coming days.
  • The Ontario government announced that it has enacted a new regulatory amendment that will put non-unionized employees on Infectious Disease Emergency Leave during the COVID-19 outbreak any time their hours of work are temporarily reduced by their employer due to COVID-19. This will ensure businesses aren't forced to terminate employees after their ESA temporary layoff periods have expired.
  • Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, will now hold bi-weekly media briefings to provide an update on the province's ongoing response to COVID-19.

June 1, 2020

May 31, 2020 

  • The Ontario government made amendments to the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 regulation, enabling the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) to better support seniors living in retirement homes during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The regulation change increases the emergency payment the RHRA can pay to eligible retirement home residents from $2,000 to $3,500. In the event of an emergency, such as an outbreak, this funding can be used to support residents to cover costs for transportation, alternative accommodation, or temporary care.
  • The regulation change also requires retirement homes to report infectious disease outbreaks to the RHRA during COVID-19 and beyond.     
  • In addition, the government has issued an emergency order eliminating barriers to eligible frontline workers receiving pandemic pay. It will allow employers with unionized workforces to provide pandemic pay to eligible employees without the need to negotiate separate terms or conditions with their bargaining agents.
  • Assessment centre locations can now be found on the Ministry website.

May 30, 2020

  • As the province carefully and gradually reopens the economy, the Ontario government announced the implementation of the next phase of the COVID-19 testing strategy to detect and quickly stop the spread of the virus. Testing will now be available to more people in more locations across the province. This phase of the testing plan is outlined in the document Protecting Ontarians Through Enhanced Testing.
  • The Quick Reference Public Health Guidance on Testing and Clearance has been updated to support the new provincial testing plan. Key updates include: information on the testing and clearance process for asymptomatic patients and updates approaches to clearing cases. This document is available on the Ministry website.
  • The COVID-19 Provincial Testing Guidance document has also been updated to support the new provincial testing plan. Key updates include: guidance on asymptomatic testing, testing prior to surgical procedures, and contact-based testing in specific settings. This document is available on the Ministry website.
  • The document entitled “COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart” has been posted on the Ministry’s website

May 29, 2020

  • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 29th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • A new Congregate Living for Vulnerable Populations Guidance Document will be available in English and French on the Ministry website shortly. This Guidance Document is intended to assist with minimizing COVID-19 transmissions from individuals working or residing in congregate living settings and to help prevent, detect and manage individual cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 within these settings. The new document is aligned with the government’s COVID-19 Action Plan for Vulnerable People, released on April 23, 2020, and replaces the former guidance documents for Group Homes and Co-Living Settings, Guidance for Homeless Shelters, and Guidance for Community-Based Mental Health and Addictions Service Providers in Residential Settings.
  • To further protect seniors and staff in long-term care homes, the Ontario government announced today that it is extending the mandate of the Incident Management System Long-Term Care Table.

May 27, 2020

  • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 27th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • An updated Reference Document for Symptoms has been uploaded to the Ministry’s website.
  • The CMOH Directive #2 (issued March 19, 2020) has been amended to reflect the gradual restart of all deferred and non-essential and elective services carried out by health care providers. This document outlines measures that must be in place for the provision of in-person health services by health care providers. Health care providers must also adhere to guidance provided by their applicable health regulatory college. Both documents will be translated and posted on the website in the coming days. The sector is reminded of OH’s framework as per its May 7, 2020 document: A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic for hospitals to assess their readiness and begin planning for the gradual resumption of scheduled surgeries and procedures, while maintaining capacity to respond to COVID-19. 

    May 26, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 26th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms has been updated to include some additional language around how multisystem inflammatory vasculitis may present in children. This document will be available shortly in English and French on the Ministry website.
    • An updated version of Directive #3 has been uploaded to the Ministry’s website.
    • An updated version of the Primary Care Guidance has been uploaded to the Ministry’s website.

    May 25, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 25th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • Additional direction was issued on testing for COVID-19. Effective immediately testing is available for the following populations:
      • Symptomatic testing:
        • All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even for mild symptoms. 
      • Asymptomatic, risk-based testing:
        • People who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19.  This includes people who are contacts of or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case.
        • People who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment, including essential workers (e.g., health care workers, grocery store employees, food processing plants).

    May 24, 2020

    • Minor corrections were made to Directive 3 to update dates within the document. It will be posted on the Ministry website.

    May 23, 2020

    • As the economy gradually reopens, the Ontario government is helping people affected by COVID-19 get back to work. The province is investing in Ontario's first Virtual Action Centre, an online counselling and training portal, to support laid off and unemployed hospitality workers, and is helping apprentices by providing grants to purchase tools, protective equipment and clothing for their trade, along with forgiving previous loans to purchase tools.
    • The guidance for Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting has been updated.  Highlights of changes include expanded guidance for in-person care for essential visits, testing and specimen collection, and occupational health and safety.  A list of key resources is also included within the document which will be posted to the Ministry website.

    May 22, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 22th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Ontario government is quickly moving forward with innovative research to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19. These projects, part of the government's $20 million Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund, focus on areas of research such as vaccine development, diagnostics, drug trials and development, and social sciences. Additionally, Ontario is leading the country with 22 clinical trials investigating COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.
    • The Chief Medical Officer of Health Directive 3 has been revised to provide additional direction on hospital transfers to retirement homes and long-term care homes, testing within 24 hrs of new admissions and re-admissions, minimizing work locations of volunteers and contractors, and sharing of IPAC assessment results and reports. It will be posted soon on the Ministry’s website.

    May 21, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 21st Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • As the Ontario government carefully and gradually reopens the province, those taking public transit, returning to work or going out shopping are being urged to continue to adhere to public health advice as the best line of defence against COVID-19. To assist the public, the Ministry of Health today released specific recommendations on how to choose, wear and care for appropriate face coverings used in public where physical distancing is not possible, along with additional safety measures for provincial transit agencies.
    • The Command Table met on Tuesday. A summary of the discussion is available on the Ministry’s website.

    May 20, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 20th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force until May 29, 2020. That includes the closure of bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery only, restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women's shelters. The government is also allowing drive-in religious gatherings.
    • The Ontario Government has developed an online workplace Personal Protective Equipment supplier directory, which can be found on their website.  
    • The Ontario government is keeping schools closed for the rest of this school year. This decision was made after consulting with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, health experts on the COVID-19 Command Table, and medical experts at The Hospital for Sick Children. At the same time, the government is planning for the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year, the gradual reopening of child care, and the opening of summer day camps subject to the continuing progress in trends of key public health indicators.
    • The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has developed a Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Personal Services Settings during COVID-19, available on the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services website.
    • An updated version of the Labour, Delivery and Newborn guidance is available on the Ministry of Health website. The update includes an alternative testing collection method for newborns and the corrected interval for temperature checks of women during labour.  
    • Updated documents for Patient Screening, Testing Guidance, and Symptoms list have been uploaded to the Ministry of Health’s website.

    May 19, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 19th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Ministry continues to work on the revision of Directive #2 and related requirements to support the gradual restoration of health services. Please note that Directive #2 is still in effect. Providers are encouraged to continue planning and further details will be provided once confirmed.

    May 18, 2020

    May 17, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 17th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • Directive #2 continues to be in effect.  The ministry continues to work on drafting amendments to Directive #2 to support future resumption of services, pending continued improvements in key public health indicators.
    • While preparing to re-open for in person services, health service providers are reminded to follow the hierarchy of controls to eliminate or reduce the risks of transmission, and to minimize their need for PPE. Health service providers and employers should be sourcing PPE through their regular supply chain and they remain responsible for sourcing and providing PPE to their frontline workers. PPE allocation from the provincial pandemic stockpile will continue, and PPE can be accessed, within available supply, on an emergency basis through the established escalation process.

    May 16, 2020

    May 15, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 15th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • Updated guidance for Acute Care settings has been posted on the Ministry’s website.
    • Today, the Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government's reopening framework.
    • The testing guidance was updated to expand access to testing for Ontarians who are experiencing symptoms compatible with COVID-19. The symptoms list has also been slightly modified to include myalgia (muscle aches) as an atypical symptom. Both documents will be available soon on the Ministry’s website.

    May 14, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 14th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Ontario government is working together with the province's education sector to voluntarily place available employees in staffing roles needed at congregate care settings during the COVID-19 outbreak. This initiative is part of the government's ongoing efforts to redeploy broader public sector workers to areas where they are needed most, such as hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, women's shelters, and homes serving those with developmental disabilities.
    • The Minister of Health issued a statement about multisystem inflammatory vasculitis, indicating Ontario is taking immediate action to better monitor this emerging issue to effectively respond to the illness and protect Ontario's children.

    May 13, 2020

    ·        WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 13th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    • An updated case definition and reference document for symptoms have been posted on the Ministry’s website in English and French. The updated case definition includes consideration for travel within Canada (as well as international travel), and includes updates to the ‘probable’ case definition to include people who were living/working in a facility known to be experiencing an outbreak. The updated symptoms list now includes multisystem inflammatory vasculitis in children. Other guidance documents are currently being updated to align with these changes.
    • The Ontario government extended the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 2, 2020. Further information can be found in the Government of Ontario Newsroom.
    • A memo was sent today to Public Health Units communicating an emergency order authorizing coroners and Public Health Units to access to the provincial Electronic Health Record (EHR) to help in the response to COVID-19.

    May 12, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 12th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Ministry has updated the Acute Care guidance document and will be updating their website soon. Key changes include:
      • Added the outbreak definition in public hospitals and guidance for outbreak detection and management
      • Added summary of PPE precautions table

    May 11, 2020

    May 10, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 10th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Ontario government announced today that it is opening provincial parks and conservation reserves for limited day-use access. The first areas will open on Monday May 11, 2020, with the remaining areas opening on Friday May 15, 2020. At this time, recreational activities will be limited to walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching. Day visitors will also be able to access all parks and conservation reserves for free until the end of the month. 
    • The Ontario government has approved an emergency order that would enable available school board employees to be voluntarily redeployed to congregate care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic, including hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, and women's shelters. Many of these congregate care settings are in need of staff such as custodial and maintenance workers.
    • A new Guidance document for Mental Health and Addictions Service Providers in the Community was created. It is available under Restrictions and Guidance and will be posted to the Ministry’s website shortly.

    May 9, 2020

    May 8, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 8th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • Guidance for Hospice Care has been posted on the Ministry’s website.
    • The Ontario government has developed a comprehensive framework to help hospitals assess their readiness and begin planning for the gradual resumption of scheduled surgeries and procedures, while maintaining capacity to respond to COVID-19.
    • The Screening Tool for long-term care settings has been updated and is posted on the Ministry’s website.

    May 7, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 7th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Ontario government announced easing restrictions on retail stores and essential construction during COVID-19. The Ontario government is allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pickup and delivery, as well as in-store payment and purchases at garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores. The business owners should review the health and safety guidelines developed by the province and its health and safety association partners.
    • The Ontario government launched a new website today on pandemic pay.

    May 6, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 6th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • Ontario has significantly increased testing and contact tracing capacity, allowing health experts to identify cases of COVID-19 and support efforts to stop the spread of the virus in the community, long-term care homes, and other congregate settings.
    • Updated documents for the following have been uploaded to the Ministry’s website: Provincial Testing Guidance, Patient Screening Guidance, and Reference document for Symptoms.
    • The Government of Ontario announced it is expanding virtual mental health services to help thousands of Ontarians experiencing anxiety and depression, including frontline health care workers, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    May 5, 2020

    May 4, 2020

    May 3, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 3rd Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Provincial Testing Guidance, Quick Reference Public Health Guidance on Testing and Clearance, Reference Document for Symptoms and Patient Screening Guidance have been updated and will be available soon on the Ministry's website in French and English.
    • A Guidance Document for essential, non-health care workplaces was developed and outlines what workplaces can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It will be available shortly on the Ministry's website.

    April 25, 2020

    April 24, 2020

    April 23, 2020

    April 22, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. - April 22nd Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Government of Ontario announced additional funding and services to help seniors and people with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Provincially, sentinel surveillance testing will begin immediately in Long-Term Care Homes to ascertain the current status of COVID-19 in these facilities.

    April 21, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. - April 21th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Government of Ontario released new modelling projections yesterday regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    • The Ministry has developed guidance for community emergency evacuations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance is available in English and French on the Ministry website. 

    April 20, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. - April 20th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Long-Term Care, Public Health Ontario, and Ontario Health continue to partner with the health and long term care sector to implement the COVID-19 Action Plan for Long-Term Care. Over the weekend, homes were supported with urgent staffing needs, and pools of workers are being matched to meet the ongoing needs of homes across the province to combat COVID-19. This work is based on risk assessments informed by regional tables, local public health units, the Ministry of Long-Term Care and long-term care homes.

    April 19, 2020

    May 2, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 2nd Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Ontario government announced that it is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen on Monday, May 4 at 12:01 a.m. as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Those permitted to start up include seasonal businesses and some essential construction projects.
    • The Government of Ontario issued new temporary emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to support the immediate needs of the province's hospitals and health care workers.
    • The Assistive Devices Program has resumed accepting new applications for funding for devices and supplies.
    • A new guidance document has been created for Labour, Delivery and Newborn Care. It is available on the Ministry’s website.
    • Guidance for Community-Based Mental Health and Addiction Service Providers in Residential Settings has been uploaded to the Ministry’s website.

    May 1, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – May 1st Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Ontario government released safety guidelines today to provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food service, and the agricultural sector. The Ontario government is ensuring employers have the safety guidelines they need to protect workers, customers, and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.

    April 30, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. - April 30th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Government of Ontario announced it is further expanding the list of essential workers eligible to receive free emergency child care during the COVID-19 outbreak. Those who will benefit include people who work in the food supply chain, retirement homes, grocery stores and pharmacies, and certain federal employees, including the military.

    April 29, 2020

    April 28, 2020

    April 27, 2020

    April 26, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. - April 26st Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • Ontario announced that it is supporting frontline staff on the COVID-19 outbreak with pandemic pay.
    • The Government of Ontario issued new emergency orders and amended some existing emergency orders to better support Ontario's long-term care homes and the deafblind community.
    • The Screening Tool for Long-Term Care Homes and Retirement Homes has been updated and is the Ministry’s website.
    • The guidance document for Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting has also been updated and is available the Ministry’s website in French and English.

    April 18, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. - April 18th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Government of Ontario passed new emergency orders including:
      • Measures for work deployment and staffing for District Social Services Administration Boards
      • Limiting employees working in retirement homes to a single workplace
      • Measures allowing for the redeployment of employees of Service Provider Organizations
      • Measures allowing for employee redeployment in municipalities
      • Regulation under the Highway Traffic Act for exemptions from weight load restrictions for the transport of essential goods and supplies
      • Regulation under Ambulance Act to ensure sufficient ambulance service personnel during the provincial declaration of emergency
    • The Consumption and Treatment Services Guidance Document was updated to provide further clarification on infection prevention and control/personal protective equipment and is available on the Ministry’s website.
    • The Ministry has created a new guidance document for community-based mental health and addiction service providers in residential settings and will be posted to the Ministry website.
    • All organizations involved in testing patients for COVID-19 are encouraged to review the guidelines for testing including Specimen Collection and Handling.
    • A new fact sheet on how to care for pets and other animals has been posted to the Public Health Ontario website in English and French.

    April 17, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. - April 17th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • The Government of Ontario announced significant expansions to hospital capacity in preparation for any COVID-19 outbreak scenario.
    • The Quick Reference Public Health Guidance on Testing and Clearance document was updated and will be available on the Ministry’s website in French and English shortly.

    April 16, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. - April 16th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • The Government of Ontario announced the COVID-19 Action Plan for Protecting Long-Term Care Homes to keep residents in long-term care homes safe. They also passed emergency orders that will come into effect on April 22, 2020 restricting long-term care staff from working in more than one long-term care home, retirement home, or health care setting.
    • The CMOH Directive 3 has been updated to reflect the new limitation on working in only one location and to provide additional information on outbreak management and response. It is available on the Ministry’s website.
    • All memos up to and including April 10, 2020 are available in French and English on the Ministry’s website.
    • New signage has been created for health care settings and is available for download from the Ministry’s website in French and English.
    • The provincial Testing Guidance document was updated to reflect the next phase of the testing strategy. It will be available on the Ministry’s website soon.

    April 15, 2020

    April 14, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – April 14th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • The Government of Ontario announced yesterday it is developing a new health data platform called the Pandemic Threat Response (PANTHR) that will allow researchers to better support health system planning and responsiveness, including the immediate need to analyze the current COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Yesterday, the Government of Ontario announced progress in procuring critical supplies and equipment to ensure that patients, frontline health care workers, and first responders have what they need to protect themselves during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    April 13, 2020

    April 12, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – April 12th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until April 23, 2020, including the closure of outdoor amenities in parks and recreational areas, non-essential workplaces, public places and bars and restaurants, along with restrictions on social gatherings and the prohibition of price gouging.  In addition, new measures have been introduced to address surge capacity in retirement homes, restrict recreational camping on Crown land, and allow the repurposing of existing buildings and temporary structures.
    • The Ontario government is temporarily preventing child care centres from collecting payments from parents, while also ensuring that their child care spaces are protected. Child care centres, with the exception of those accommodating health care and other frontline workers, were ordered closed to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep the children and child care staff safe.  

    April 11, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – April 11th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • The Government of Ontario has announced that it is significantly expanding COVID-19 testing to help stop the spread of the virus. Updates to directives and guidance is available on the Ministry’s website.
    • The Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario revised his Directive regarding precautions and procedures for regulated health professionals and specified employees working in public hospitals and in long-term care homes dealing with suspected, presumed, or confirmed COVID-19 patients or residents. The revised Directive is available on the Ministry's website in English and French.

    April 10, 2020

    April 9, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – April 9th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • Webinars were held on April 1, 2020 with long-term care homes (LTCHs) regarding the best practices and guidance on infection prevention and control in their facility relating to COVID-19. A recording of the LTCH session was saved by the Government of Ontario.
    • The Ministry updated guidance documents for LTCHs on their website.
    • A foundational document on control of respiratory infections in LTCH can also be found on the Ministry website.  
    • The Ministry requested that their advisory be shared with all health providers and stakeholders so that all health system partners are aware of the potential risks in using the Zoom conferencing software.
    • Health system partners notify the Health System Emergency Management Branch if they have experienced a cyber attack (1-866-212-2272 or EOCoperations.moh@ontario.ca).

    April 8, 2020

    April 7, 2020

    April 6, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 7 p.m. – April 6th Public Health Evening Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • WECHU News Release at 1:30 p.m. – April 6th Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that it is investing up to $40 million to support organizations that provide residential services for children and youth, people with developmental disabilities and emergency shelters for women and families fleeing domestic violence. The COVID-19 Residential Relief Fund will cover costs such as additional staffing, residential respite for caregivers; personal protective equipment and supplies; initiatives to support physical distancing and transportation to minimize client exposure.

    April 5, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – April 5 Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • The Government of Ontario announced a new online portal connecting employers with workers looking to fill positions in the agri-food sector.
    • An Emergency Alert was issued yesterday afternoon urging all Ontarians to stay home and only go out for absolute necessities, such as picking up groceries or medications.
    • On April 3, the Minister of Health and the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility issued a statement on measures to protect seniors living in retirement homes during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    April 4, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 1 p.m. – April 4 Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • The Government of Ontario launched a new user-friendly online portal for the public to easily access their COVID-19 lab test results. They also announced a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, effective immediately, to provide public health units the authority and flexibility they need to make staffing decisions that support their ongoing fight against the outbreak of COVID-19, despite any collective agreements.
    • Dr Peter Donnelly, President and CEO of Public Health Ontario, Matthew Anderson, President and CEO of Ontario Health and Adalsteinn Brown, Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health gave a news conference today on modelling projections for COVID-19 in Ontario.
    • The  Government of Ontario announced additional business closures to stop the spread of COVID-19
    • The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario powers a free VIANurse website which helps health sector organizations secure Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Personal Support Workers.

    April 3, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 4:15 p.m. – April 3 Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • Guidance documents were released for Homeless Shelters and Group Homes and Co-Living Settings. They are now available in English and French on the Ministry’s website.
    • Public Health Ontario published two new fact sheets on Physical Distancing and Taking Care of Yourself and Each Other on their website.   
    • The Ontario government announced new emergency funding to expand online and virtual mental health supports for front-line workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    April 2, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 11 a.m. – April 2 Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • Guidance for Paramedics has been updated and uploaded to the Ministry website.
    • The Government of Ontario announced today that they are launching a new $50 million Ontario Together Fund to help businesses provide innovative solutions or retool their operations in order to manufacture essential medical supplies and equipment, including gowns, coveralls, masks, face shields, testing equipment and ventilators. This new Fund will support the development of proposals submitted by businesses and individuals through the Ontario Together web portal.

    April 1, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 10:30 a.m. – April 1 Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • The Government of Ontario launched a website for emergency child care for health care and frontline staff. This initiative aligns with the Ministry’s guidance document on Emergency Childcare Centers, which was published on March 29, 2020 on the Ministry’s website.
    • A new guidance document for Temporary Foreign Workers has been developed and uploaded to the Ministry website.
    • The case definition has been updated and uploaded to the Ministry’s website.
    • Health Canada has issued an advisory on their website (English and French) urging Canadians not to buy more medication than usual during the COVID-19 pandemic as this can lead to local shortages.

    March 31, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 10 a.m. - March 31 Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • The Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a statement to Ontarians recommending that individuals over 70 years of age self-isolate, and urging all Ontarians to continue adhering to physical distancing and to remain at home.
    • Changes were made to the case definition including, clarifying swabbing requirements, simplifying laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 infection, and eliminating repeat testing to clear certain cases managed at home.(See attached)
    • New guidance documents for Talking to Children About the Pandemic, Funeral and Bereavement Services, as well as new resources for Ontarians Experiencing Mental Health and Addictions Issues have been developed and uploaded to the ministry website.
    • A new link to the PPE survey was shared today. Acute care hospitals should continue to report PPE requirements through the Daily Bed Census only.
    • There was a joint statement between government and the Ontario Nurses’ Association issued on health and safety measures in hospitals.
    • The Chief Medical Officer of Health issued Directive 5 for public hospitals (attached).
    • Several directives have been updated today that are attached to today’s Situation Report.
      • Directive 1 to Health Care Providers (minor updates): This replaces the directive issued on March 12 to reflect language changes in Directive 5.
      • Directive 3 to Long-Term Care Homes (significant updates): This replaces the directive issued on March 22, 2020 to reflect language changes in Directive 5 and clarify additional recommendation around screening and outbreak management.
      • Directive 4 to Paramedic Services (minor updates): This replaces the directive issues on March 24 to reflect language changes in Directive 5.
    • The Command Table met today, and a letter with a summary of the discussion has been attached.  

    March 30, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 10 a.m. - March 30 Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • The guidance document for Community Labs and Specimen Collection Centres has been updated and uploaded on the Ministry website.
    • New guidance documents for Emergency Child Care Services and Industry Operators have been developed and uploaded on the Ministry website.  
    • The Government of Ontario implemented a new emergency order to ensure that staffing and resources are available to help care for and protect long-term care residents during the COVID-19 crisis.
    • The Government of Ontario issued a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective immediately.  This order would not apply to private households with five people or more. It would also not apply to  operating child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders provided the number of persons at each centre does not exceed 50 people. Funerals would be permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time.
    • Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer announced updated guidance to help employers better understand their responsibilities and what is needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the construction sites.

    March 29, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 10 a.m. - March 29 Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • A Minister’s Order was issued today directing health system providers to report Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) inventories on a daily basis to the Ministry to optimize their availability to protect Ontario’s front-line health care providers against exposure to COVID-19 and maintain a centralized repository of information respecting the availability of PPE supplies across the province.
    • The Ontario government is proclaiming the Supply Chain Management Act to make sure critical supplies, equipment and services can be deployed to where they are needed most. These regulations will enable the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and the Ministry of Health to centrally manage public sector supply chains.
    • The Ontario government announced new penalties to combat price gouging and hold offenders accountable for raising prices significantly on the necessary goods Ontarians need to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19.

    March 28, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 10 a.m. - March 28 Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • The Ontario Pharmacists Association, Ontario Medical Association, and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario have sent out a joint letter to Ontario’s doctors, nurse practitioners and pharmacists regarding inappropriate prescribing of unproven therapies.
    • The Quick Reference document on Testing and Clearance has been updated and is available on the Ministry website.

    March 27, 2020

    March 26, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 10 a.m. - March 26 Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires any person entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. All individuals permitted to enter Canada are subject to this Order, with the exception of certain persons who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and services, and those who provide essential services.
    • Health Canada has published guidance on optimizing the use of masks and respirators during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • For businesses with questions, the line for them to contact is: Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. Help is available Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and Ontario College of Pharmacists have prepared statements regarding drug prescribing.  

    March 25, 2020

    March 24, 2020

    March 23, 2020

    • WECHU News Release at 3 p.m. - Third Coronavirus (COVID-19) Case Confirmed
    • WECHU News Release at 10 a.m. - March 23 Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • Ontario Ministry of Health reminds organizations in the health system that:
      • all employees who have travelled outside of Canada should self-isolate for a period of 14 days starting from their arrival in Ontario 
      • health care workers should not attend work if they are sick
      • if are particular workers who are deemed critical, by all parties, to continued operations of an organization, these groups should undergo regular screening, use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and active self-monitoring. 
    • Ontario has issued a temporary order that would give hospitals the ability to cancel and postpone services to free-up space and valuable staff, identify staffing priorities, and develop, modify and implement redeployment plans.
    • Ontario has launched a website to act as a central point for businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support our response to COVID-19.
    • Ontario has announced that some child care centres will open to enable health care and other frontline workers, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police, and correctional officers.
    • Media Conference ASL Interpretation (Youtube)

    March 22, 2020

    • WECHU NEWS Release at 10 a.m. - March 22 Public Health Updates Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • The Ministry of Health announced yesterday that to ensure that anyone in need of care can receive it, Ontario is waiving the three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. Additionally, the province will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage. Together, these measures will ensure that no one will be discouraged from seeking screening or treatment for COVID-19 for financial reasons.
    • The Ministry of the Solicitor General announced a number of new measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Correctional system.
    • The Ontario College of Family Physicians continues to encourage family doctors to have signage outside the office asking patients to call the clinic before entering to allow for appropriate screening and direction. You can download an editable signage.  

    March 21, 2020

    • WECHU NEWS Release at 10 a.m. - Second Coronavirus (COVID-19) Case Confirmed
    • WECHU Media Conference about the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Windsor and Essex County. Live stream on Facebook.
    • Guidance for Primary Care Providers has been updated on the Ministry website.
    • Guidance for Occupational Health and Safety has been uploaded to the Ministry’s website.
    • Public Health Ontario uploaded a quick reference on hand hygiene.
    • The Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and ServiceOntario, is extending the validity period of driving products, services and health cards. These changes reduce the need for in-person visits to ServiceOntario, International Registration Plan offices and DriveTest centres during the COVID-19 outbreak, helping to promote social distancing and contain the spread of the virus. The news release is available on the Government of Ontario website.
    • The Ministry of Health, Drugs and Devices Division has released a notice regarding Ontario drug benefit program changes and guidance for dispensers during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
    • Media Conference Interpretation (Youtube)

    March 20, 2020

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    March 18, 2020


    March 17, 2020 

    • News Release from Government of Ontario at 9:13 a.m. -  Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public
    • On March 16, the Federal Government announced a number of new measures today including:
      • Canada will be closing its borders to foreign travellers. Exceptions will be made for air crews, diplomats, immediate family members and U.S. citizens.
      • Airlines will ban anyone who is showing symptoms of the virus from getting on a plane.
      • All international flights will be redirected to one of four airports in Canada (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary).
    • Guidance for pharmacies has been updated and is available on the Ministry of Health’s website. Additional guidance documents are expected today.

    March 16, 2020


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    March 14, 2020


    March 13, 2020

    • Important Updates added to homepage of wechu.org at 7 P.M.
      • The WECHU is committed to providing timely and credible information to the residents of Windsor-Essex in partnership with community agencies and health care providers. Key points about:
        • How to keep you and your family healthy.
        • Symptoms of COVID-19 which can range from mild to severe.
        • Current Guidance for Travellers.
        • Current Guidance for Mass Gatherings and Events.
        • Current Guidance for Child Care Centres and Day Camps 

    • Health care providers facing immediate challenges (less than 10 days of supply) with their personal protective equipment supply levels can email the ministry at EOCLogistics.MOH@ontario.ca. The Ministry of Health has also set up a Health Care Provider Hotline at 1-866-212-2272.

    • Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a directive to health care providers and health care entities on updated IPAC Recommendations for use of personal protective equipment.
    • Public Health Ontario has posted a technical brief Updated IPAC Recommendations for Use of Personal Protective Equipment for Care of Individuals with Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19.
    • The case definition has been updated on the Ministry of Health’s website.
    • The Public Health Agency of Canada has developed two new guidance documents for health system partners:
    • The Government of Canada has warned against all international travel. All travellers arriving in Canada from international points are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution. 

    • The ministry revised the COVID-19 case definition to clarify who should be tested. We are asking all providers not to test asymptomatic individuals.

    • The Chief Medical Officer of Health issued enhanced public health measures for COVID-19. Highlights from this memo include:

      • Advising the people of Ontario to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. If you decide to travel outside of Canada with children, they will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days upon return.

      • Similar to recent guidance for Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes, all licensed child care centres are asked to actively screen children, parents, staff and visitors for any symptoms and travel history that may be related to COVID-19 based on the Ministry’s case definition

      • Recommending the immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings of over 250 people. Organizers who have questions about smaller gatherings are encouraged to contact their local Public Health Unit.

    • The Chief Medical Officer of Health also issued a memo to Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes, Supportive Housing, Hospices and other congregate care settings on allowing only essential visitors.

    March 12, 2020

    Public Health Ontario developed guidance in English and French for environmental cleaning for non-health care settings. The Public Health Agency of Canada has developed two new guidance documents for health system partners:


    March 11, 2020

    Government of Ontario poster on What you need to know to help you and your family stay healthy.

    March 10, 2020News Release - COVID-19 - Being Prepared and Informed

    March 4, 2020 - Information for people planning to travel outside of Canada was included on this landing page. Public Health Ontario resources on “COVID-19 How to Self-Monitor Instructions (PDF) English | French | Chinese” were added to their website.

    February 27, 2020 - The case definition for COVID-19 is updated with new regions of the world where community transmission is ongoing. A map of the impacted areas is provided from the Ontario Ministry of Health.

    January 31, 2020 - There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.

    January 30, 2020 - The World Health Organization declaring a global public health emergency over the 2019 Novel Coronavirus does raise concerns, but nothing has changed as far as local preparedness.

    January 29, 2020 - The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is monitoring the current outbreak of COVID-19 in China and around the world. We are keeping our local partners (e.g., Windsor Regional Hospital, Erie Shores HealthCare, Essex Windsor EMS, primary care providers and local school boards) informed of the evolving situation and providing guidance on how best to prepare and assess individuals suspected of COVID-19. We are also prepared locally to detect and contain the spread of the virus in the unlikely event of a first case of COVID-19 in Windsor and Essex County.