News Release: First Coronavirus (COVID-19) Case Confirmed
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Friday, March 20, 2020 | 9:35 p.m. | Windsor-Essex County
Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in the Windsor-Essex region.
The case is a male in his sixties who returned to Windsor after travelling on a Caribbean cruise and arrived back in Windsor on March 10. He has been self isolating since he returned. He developed symptoms on March 11 and was tested at the Windsor Regional Hospital Assessment and Testing Centre on March 16. He was also a close contact of a family member who tested positive for COVID-19 outside of Windsor and Essex County. He is currently recovering at home with mild symptoms.
The WECHU has continued to stress that it would only be a matter of time before Windsor-Essex has its first case. This highlights the importance for all residents to follow public health recommendations. As we prepare for the return of March break travellers, the WECHU is strongly urging all residents to practice social distancing, avoiding crowds and close contact with those outside of immediate family, as well as staying home as much as possible, especially if you feel unwell. This news also underpins the robust measures that have been taken to restrict travel particularly outside of Canada.
“The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is continuing to investigate and monitor all individuals who are at risk of exposure. We continue to encourage residents to take appropriate preventative measures to ensure they stay healthy including regularly washing hands with soap and water, coughing or sneezing into tissue and handwashing, disinfecting and most importantly staying home if you are ill.” Dr. Wajid Ahmed, MOH
- Contact the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-2146 ext. 1420 if you have fever, cough, or breathing difficulty AND any of the following:
- You have travelled outside of Canada in the 14 days before onset of illness;
- Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19; or
- Close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who travelled to affected areas within the 14 days prior to their illness onset.
All returning travelers are reminded to self-isolate for 14-days, do not go to work, and monitor for symptoms. Individuals who suspect they have COVID-19 can consult the COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool on the Ontario Government site.
For updated information and resources for COVID-19, visit www.wechu.org or visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed and CEO Theresa Marentette will address the media at a media conference tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.