CBC Windsor October 16 COVID-19 Update: Here's what's happening today
Three workplaces are experiencing an outbreak
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 13 new COVID-19 cases for the region Friday.
Of the new cases, six are close contacts of a confirmed case, two are local healthcare workers, one is community acquired, one is travel-related to the United States and three are being investigated.
There are 68 active cases and two people are in hospital.
There is one long-term care home in outbreak in Windsor, as Regency Park saw one staff member and one resident test positive.
Additionally, one agri-farm workplace in Kingsville, a restaurant in Kingsville and a construction site in Lakeshore are experiencing an outbreak.
Low and high-risk Halloween activities
During Friday's daily health unit briefing, CEO Theresa Marentette provided some advice on how locals should celebrate Halloween.
Marentette noted that those considered high-risk of contracting the virus, which includes the elderly, those older than 70 years of age and anyone who is immune-compromised or has a chronic health condition, should participate only in low-risk activities.
Low-risk activities include celebrating at home with immediate family and being creative with family events such as a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt or having virtual costume party.
"The WECHU recommends that everyone avoid activities that put them at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19," Marentette said.
High-risk activities would include parties and trick-or-treating. If locals want to take part in these activities, Marentette said they should trick-or-treat from a distance, wear a proper mask or face covering (not costume masks), practice frequent hand-washing, avoid touching surfaces, avoid large groups and limit the number of households being visited.
For those handing out treats, Marentette recommended that people have a pump hand sanitizer nearby, distribute treats from a distance with tongs or by placing them on a table, provide treats that are individually packaged, wear a mask, place physical distancing arrows on your driveway and sit outside to avoid lineups or congestion at the doorway.
Public exposure notice
On Thursday evening, the health unit added a public exposure notice for a restaurant in Kingsville. It said the risk is low and individuals should monitor for symptoms 14 days from the date of exposure.
- Mettawas Station Restaurant at 169 Lansdowne Ave. in Kingsville. on Oct. 8 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Oct. 10 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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 to get a COVID-19 test will have to book an appointment at an assessment centre or select pharmacies.
According to the province, those looking to book a test at an assessment centre should do so only if they:
- have a symptom of COVID-19.
- have a high-risk exposure to someone who has the virus as informed by your public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app.
- is a resident or works in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak.
- Residents or workers in long-term care home.
- Visitors to a long-term care home.
- Residents or workers in homeless shelter.
- International students that have passed their 14-day quarantine period.
- Farm workers.
- Individuals who require a COVID-19 test for international travel clearance.
- Self-Identify as Indigenous.
- Resident or worker in other congregate living settings and institutions.
Windsor Regional Hospital is operating two assessment centres — one at the hospital's Ouellette Campus and one at St. Clair College's Sportsplex.
People can no longer walk-in for testing at these facilities, and instead will have to book an appointment online here, or get assistance by calling 519-973-4443. Those sites are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Erie Shores HealthCare is also operating an assessment centre under the same criteria as Windsor Regional Hospital.
Those looking to book a test at Erie Shores Healthcare can do so online here or call 519-326-2373 extension 4263. The assessment centre in Leamington is open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Asymptomatic testing is currently available at three Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies in Windsor. The person must also fall under one of five categories:
- Living, working in or visiting a long-term care facility.
- Residing or volunteering at a shelter.
- Have been given a clearance for international travel.
- An international student travelling into the country to start school after the 14-day isolation period ends.
- An Indigenous person.
For more information or to find a testing site closest to you, visit Ontario's COVID-19 testing website.
COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton
Lambton Public Health reported a "significant COVID-19 transmission" in the community Thursday.
An outbreak at a long-term care facility in Sarnia, two positive COVID-19 cases at local schools and a workplace outbreak are all under active investigation by Lambton Public Health. In a news release, the health unit said it is performing case and contact management follow-up on other potential cases.
Lambton Public Health has reported eight new cases of COVID-19 Thursday. There have been a total of 358 cases in Lambton County, with 10 currently active.
Twenty-five people have died over the course of the pandemic in the region.
COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent
Chatham-Kent Public Health reported no new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. There have been a total of 371 cases in Chatham-Kent and there are currently no active cases.
Three people have died from the disease in the region.