Two men in the 1990s, a man in his 60s and a man in his 40s died yesterday.
The man in his forties is the youngest in the region to die from the disease. The health unit said the man had high blood pressure and was a smoker, but no other pre-existing conditions.
“COVID-19 does not differentiate between sex and age, it can affect anyone,” said medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed.
The two 90-year-old men lived in long-term care facilities.
The health unit also reported 24 new cases of illness. There are now 506 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex.
Currently, six facilities are experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak in our area after the Extendicare Southwood Lakes situation has been resolved.
Country homes in the village of Woodslee are the hardest hit, as 64 residents tested positive for the virus and 22 staff members.
Of the 31 people in the community who died from the disease, 22 of them were residents of retirement or long-term care homes.
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Six people died over the weekend from COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex.
On Saturday, three long-term care residents died. They were over 80 years old. The health unit said on Sunday that a woman and a man in their forties and a woman in their sixties died.
Launch of a virtual clinic
The health unit and local health care partners have launched a virtual walk-in clinic and other e-health tools to help people navigate their health during the pandemic.
The virtual clinic was launched on Tuesday and can be found at: https://ehealthwindsoressex.ca.
Officials say they don’t know if this online clinic will be available after the pandemic, but are happy to provide tools now to help people at home.
Here is what is happening in our region:
What it’s like to move a loved one to a COVID-19 field hospital
Charmaine Edwards says she was shocked and overwhelmed when she learned that her 92-year-old mother, Keitha Bernat, would be one of the first Windsor residents to settle in the new field hospital at St. Clair College SportsPlex.
Edwards, who lives in British Columbia, received the call from Heron Terrace Long Term Care Community Friday, adding that she and her family were very afraid for Bernat – especially since the field hospital is only for residents of long-term care and retirement facilities whose test COVID-19 was positive.
The SportsPlex facility can accommodate 100 beds and opened on Saturday, when 20 patients from Heron Terrace were transferred to the space.
John Scotland, CEO of the Steeves and Rozema group which owns and operates Heron Terrace, as well as other long-term care facilities in southern Ontario, said the decision to relocate residents was the result of problems with personnel caused by COVID-19.
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“For us, this is the best interest of our residents,” he said. “Where can we be sure they will get the care they need? “
Although the facility is intended to provide treatment for people who have been diagnosed with coronavirus, a Toronto area doctor said he was initially concerned about patients with other illnesses – especially dementia.
Dr. Samir Sinha, director of geriatrics at the Sinai Health System and the University Health Network, expressed concern that about 70% of Ontarians living in long-term care homes suffer from dementia, while 50 % of them have “reactive behaviors”. ”
After sharing her thoughts on Twitter, Sinha said she received a response within 20 minutes from the chief of staff at Windsor Regional Hospital, Dr. Wassim Saad.
” [Saad] Kindly explained to me what they were thinking, “said Sinha. “[Saad] assured me that they did consult geriatricians like me and helped clarify the things that made me feel that this field hospital would accommodate the needs of some of the fragile and vulnerable people living in our long-term care homes duration.
Sinha said he was “confident that my concerns have been heard and I am confident that my concerns are being addressed.”
COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton
The Sarnia-Lambton health unit reported on Tuesday 148 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 14 people died from the disease. 54 other people have recovered.
Bluewater Health hospital chief of staff Dr. Mike Haddad said that 14 of its employees tested positive for COVID-19, although only four of them contracted the virus at work. The other 10 cases were contracted in the community.
Haddad said his facility reached its peak two weeks ago when 32 people with COVID-19 were in the hospital and seven in the ICU.
In the past few weeks, the numbers have dropped, he said. But about half of the people hospitalized in the ICU during the pandemic died.
Haddad said it was particularly difficult for patients who were unable to see their loved ones, adding stress to an already devastating situation.
Two facilities in Sarnia-Lambton are currently undergoing a COVID-19 outbreak.
On Tuesday, the Landmark Village retirement home had 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff and residents.
In long-term care at Meadowview Villa, a staff member tested positive and health unit officials say they are monitoring the facility for potential spread.
COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent
Chatham-Kent Pubic Health reported Sunday that 31 people in the area tested positive for COVID-19. One person died and 15 people recovered.