CBC Windsor April 20 COVID-19 update: Here’s what’s happening today

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will provide a daily COVID-19 update Monday morning. 

WATCH| The health unit’s COVID-19 update for Monday April 20 at 9 a.m.:

Over the weekend, six people died due to COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex. 

On Saturday, three individuals who were residents in long-term care died. They were over the age of 80. On Sunday, the health unit reported a female and a male in their 90s and a woman in her 60s had died. 

The health unit said that 20 of the 27 deaths reported in the region on Sunday were associated with long-term care and retirement homes. 

There have been outbreaks at nine different facilities in the region but the situation in two of the facilities has been resolved. 

Here’s what’s happening in our area:

  • Fesitval of Birds cancelled in Point Pelee because of COVID-19
  • Windsorite wants online community to keep busy, creative through colouring
  • Mother and daughter use break from school to clean up trash around Windsor
  • Ontario court in Windsor delaying some cases up to 10 weeks, says justice

St. Clair College field hospital opens to seniors

A field hospital created by Windsor Regional Hospital at St. Clair College’s Sportsplex began taking patients on Saturday. 

“This has been a monumental undertaking,” said Dr. Wassim Saad, chief of staff at Windsor Regional Hospital, explaining the entire facility was constructed in just over a week.

Basic rooms were set up and a pharmacy. 

The original intent for the field hospital was for the projected overflow of COVID-19 patients who would be going to the hospital. But since that overflow never happened, the hospital opened up to take in long-term care and nursing home residents who have tested positive for the disease but don’t require intensive care. 

“I think that’s been the biggest surprise,” said Saad. 

“We thought this field hospital would be used for overflow from the inpatient unit, and we’re using it for a completely different strategy now because we still have capacity in the hospital.”

Long-term care homes ask families for consent before their loved ones are transferred to the facility. 

Patients could be in these beds for two weeks at a time until they test negative, then will return back to their homes.

COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton

The health unit in Sarnia-Lambton reported 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday and 13 people have died from the disease. Another 48 people have recovered. 

Landmark Village retirement home and Lambton Meadowview Villa long-term care are both experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks. 

COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent Pubic Health reported Sunday that 29 people in the region have tested positive for COVID-19. One person has died and 14 people have recovered. 

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