CBC Windsor April 24 COVID-19 update: 3 more people have died

Here's a look at what's happening in our area on Friday, April 24.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit provides a daily update

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit provides daily COVID-19 updates. (Vince Robinet/CBC)

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit reported three people have died from COVID-19 since yesterday. 

A woman in her 90s and two women in their 80s died yesterday. Two of the individuals were residents of long-term care homes. 

In total, 35 people have died in Windsor-Essex and 24 of those individuals were residents at long-term care or retirement homes. About 42 per cent of the 541 cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex are linked to those facilities. 

Franklin Garden no longer has an outbreak, said Dr. Wajid Ahmed, medical officer of health. Five facilities are currently under an outbreak. 

Where are we on the curve?

Ahmed gave a weekly review of where the community is at when it comes to COVID-19, and some data looked promising, but it's too soon to tell if the trends will continue. 

Ahmed urges that current precautions including self-isolation and social distancing need to continue, and much of the data set is incomplete. 

It appears Windsor-Essex peaked in community cases, however, outbreaks among the community's most vulnerable elderly population has increased — likely seen in the data due to the increased testing at long-term care and retirement homes in the community. 

This graph shows that cases of COVID-19 in the community appear to be declining while cases at long-term care home are rising. However, recent data is still being collected and will change the findings, say officials. (Windsor Essex County Health Unit)

Women in their 80s were the group in the region with the highest amount of cases of COVID-19. Ahmed said this was likely because that group is largely represented in the community. 

WATCH| The health unit's COVID-19 update for Friday, April 24:

Other data showed one third of positive cases in the community continue to be in health-care workers. 

The main symptom of COVID-19 appears to be a cough, as 76 per cent of those with confirmed cases of the disease experienced coughing. Other symptoms included fatigue, headache and fever. 

Here's what's happening in our area:

Windsor Water World reopens as space for those experiencing homelessness

The City of Windsor announced on Friday that Windsor Water World has been reopened as a day space for people experiencing homelessness.

"With places like libraries and community centres closed due to COVID-19, we know our homeless residents are having trouble finding a safe place to go during the day while adhering to directives for social distancing," said community development and health services commissioner Jelena Payne. "By partnering with some great agencies, we're able to provide a safe, clean location and personal supports to help everyone get through this pandemic."

Kelly Goz, coordinator of housing, administration and development with the City of Windsor's housing and children's services department, said over the course of the past week, 90 people have come to Water World.

She said the space has a maximum occupancy of 35 people, in order to maintain appropriate physical distancing measures, adding that people are screened for COVID-19 symptoms before being permitted entry. 

Additionally, there's no time limit for how long people can stay. 

Water World's day program will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Light refreshments and activities are also on offer. 

Community acts of kindness

A Windsor man who normally makes accessible parks and playgrounds for children has turned his attention toward seniors and other vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by launching a volunteer-run delivery service.

"It's just getting bigger and bigger," Mark Jones said.

"We're getting more people to be able to stay home that are high-risk so they don't have to go out and get their own groceries and what have you." 

Jones got the idea for the delivery service after his daughter had an encounter with a senior at a grocery store who couldn't buy toilet paper because none was available. 

"She came home, she was extremely upset and I thought we have to do something about that," he said. 

He eventually figured out who the man was and delivered to him the supplies he needed. Jones then started a Facebook group called Windsor-Essex County Seniors needing necessities and "it just ballooned from that," he said.

O Canada for front-line workers

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Meanwhile, a new tradition has started on the 2500 block of Olive Street in east Windsor.

Every Wednesday, a group of neighbours come out to the end of their driveways to sing the national anthem to support front-line workers.

"All my friends are nurses and they're really close to me and a lot of them are even working in Detroit, I'm just worried about them to be honest though," said Cain Walker-Donais who joined the chorus Wednesday night. 

"I thought what they were doing — holding this little event for the neighbourhood, and I wanted to come support and kind of give my energy to my friends working in the hospitals."

"We're going to cut an album," joked one neighbour after the moment of silence and before the chorus broke out. 

COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton

The health unit in Sarnia-Lambton reported 164 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 14 people have died from the virus. Another 66 people have recovered. 

In a press conference Tuesday, Bluewater Health hospital chief of staff Dr. Mike Haddad said 14 of his staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, though only four of them contracted the virus at work. The other 10 cases were contracted in the community. 

Two facilities in Sarnia-Lambton are currently under a COVID-19 outbreak. 

As of Tuesday, Landmark Village retirement home has 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in staff and residents. 

At Meadowview Villa long-term care, one staff member has tested positive, and health unit officials say they are monitoring the facility for any potential spread. 

COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent Pubic Health reported Thursday that 40 people in the region have tested positive for COVID-19. One person has died and 19 people have recovered. 

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