Signs of second wave of COVID-19 appear in Windsor-Essex

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Windsor Regional Hospital is preparing for a second wave of COVID-19.Hospital president and CEO David Musyj told AM800 News that patients hospitalized for COVID-19 had dropped from one to five overnight Friday, with two ending in the ICU.

An increase of four people hospitalized with a virus in 24 hours may not seem like a lot, but Musyj says that’s how things got worse in the first wave.

“Hospitalizations are lagging indicators, which means we start to see an increase in positive outcomes in the community and about a week or two after that we start to see hospitalizations increase,” he says. “We are now at this phase. ”

Windsor-Essex a vu daily cases return to double digits and the province has been near or over 1,500 a day for most of the week. Musyj says it’s alarming given that testing has been relegated to people with symptoms or close contact for more than a month.

“It still spreads asymptomatically, so if we test symptomatic people and get that many positives, it would probably be even worse if we start testing asymptomatic people again,” he added.

He says local membership will likely continue to grow with the province if the community doesn’t take physical distancing seriously.

“We end up, just like the province where you have 1,500 cases a day, you can only have 1,500 a day more before it starts to spread everywhere,” he says.

Musyj says the five patients treated at the hospital are between 20 and 70 years old.

Ontario broke another single-day case record with 1,581 on Saturday – if growth continues at the current rate, the province anticipates 6,500 new cases per day in mid-December

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