News Release: WECHU Declares COVID-19 Outbreak at Two Restaurants
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Saturday, April 24, 2021 | 11:15 a.m. | Windsor and Essex County
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 1635 Essex County Road 22 in Belle River and the Taco Bell located at 6707 Tecumseh Road in Windsor after several employees tested positive for COVID-19. A workplace outbreak is defined as a minimum of 2 cases of COVID-19 within a 14 day period. The Outbreak at the McDonald’s is associated with cases positive for a Variant of Concern (VOC). Variants of Concern are associated with increased transmissibility and severity. Both facilities have been temporarily closed and testing recommended for all high-risk contacts.
While the risk of public exposure is low the WECHU is recommending any member of the public that visited the McDonald’s at 1635 Country Road 22 in Belle River between April 11th and April 18th or the Taco Bell at 6707 Tecumseh between April 14th and 19th to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Should symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate and contact a local assessment centre for testing.
The WECHU would like to remind all residents that a provincial stay at home order is in effect. Residents should restrict their contacts to only those within their household. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, self-isolate immediately along with all members of your household. Use the Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool and follow directions provided for isolation and testing at a local assessment centre.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
- Wear a mask when outside of your home
- Keep 2 metres physical distance from those outside of your home
- Make trips only for essential purposes
- Keep surfaces clean and disinfected
- Stay home if you are sick
- Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19