5 more deaths and 35 new COVID-19 cases reported in Windsor-Essex
Windsor-Essex medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed in Windsor, Ont., on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (Bob Bellacicco / CTV Windsor)
WINDSOR, ONT. -- The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says there are 349 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, including 35 new cases and five more deaths.
The stats are according to data released on Tuesday.
All of the new reported deaths were women, three were in their 90s, one was in her 80s and one was in her 70s.
The death toll in Windsor-Essex has reached 13. Ten deaths have been with people in long-term care homes.
The health unit says there are outbreaks at seven long-term care homes.
Windsor-Essex medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed says they are working closely with the homes to help prevent the spread.
One of the LTC facilities hit hard is Country Village Home in Woodslee. The health unit says there are 25 residents who have tested positive and 18 staff members.
“We are in daily contact with public health authorities and the Ministry of Health to carefully monitor the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure all necessary steps and protocols have been implemented,” says Richard Franzke, spokesperson for Southbridge Health Care LP, the company that manages Country Village Homes.
Franzke says all residents are now in "home quarantine" in their rooms.
“This includes tray service meals in the room,” says Franzke. “Our staff will continue to provide all necessary care and support to our residents while they are in quarantine using infection control precautions including the use of Personal Protective Equipment. In addition, we are testing all of our residents and staff for COVID-19.”
Ahmed says they have started testing asymptomatic residents in the long-term care homes that have been in close contact with positive cases.
“Right now we are focusing on testing asymptomatic residents who may be at a higher risk,” says Ahmed.
There were just three new cases reported on Monday. Ahmed says the jump in cases on Tuesday is a combinations of two things. There was a delay in the lab reporting cases and they have tested several other asymptomatic people in long-term care homes.
Overall, 2,589 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the region and 365 tests are pending.
Out of the positive cases, 30 people have recovered.
There are 25 COVID-19 cases reported in Chatham-Kent.