DAY 1: Coronavirus & Windsor

March 12 – 2020

Today was a major turning point in the global response to the coronavirus. The world saw mass cancellations of events, the closing of businesses and public institutions, and the announcement of new cases of coronavirus across the globe.

Windsor has its first cases of residents displaying symptoms of coronavirus, or COVID-19, including a Windsor physician at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, new policies at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, the closing of all Ontario public schools for two weeks following March Break, the suspension of the current season of the Canadian Hockey League, which includes the Ontario Hockey League and of course, The Windsor Spitfires, and the possible shifting of both St. Clair College and the University of Windsor to online only.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau are in self-isolation for 14 days after both felt unwell with symptoms consistent with corona virus and Grégoire Trudeau tested positive for coronavirus.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is in self-isolation until he feels better after developing symptoms consistent with coronavirus after consulting with his physician.

On Feb 27, 2020, The Windsor Star reported Mayor Dilkens convened a meeting of Windsor’s emergency response team and health officials to provide an update on preparedness to contain #COVID19 if it arrives locally.

I’ll be keeping track of the local impact of the coronavirus daily here.

Windsor doctor and family have possible COVID-19 symptoms after travel outside of Canada
Windsor Star – Trevor Wilhelm

“Several people in Windsor have symptoms of COVID-19 and are being tested after returning from a Caribbean cruise, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare confirmed Thursday.

One of the people being tested is a physician at the hospital who specializes in psychiatry. The other individuals showing signs of COVID-19, the illness caused by a novel coronavirus strain originating in Wuhan, China, are members of the doctor’s family.”

St. Clair College, U of W consider online only learning because of virus concerns
Mary CatonThe Windsor Star

The senior academic team at St. Clair College will present a plan for remote online learning to faculty on Friday as it prepares for the looming possibility that in-person classes will be cancelled because of COVID-19.

The University of Windsor says it is also looking at alternatives to face-to-face classes and more information will be available soon.

Blackburn News reports

Dr. Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health at the Windsor Essex County Health Unit, says there are nine self isolation cases they are aware of in southwest Ontario, that there is “no cause for alarm”, and that 50 people have tested negatively for #COVID19 with no positive cases observed.

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare communicated today:

“Effective Friday, March 13th at 5:30 a.m. our staff, patients and visitors will notice the following:

-Entry points to our main campus will be limited to the Tayfour Building main entrance and Emara main entrance. Signage will be placed at all entry points notifying as such.

-Upon entering our hospital, each person will be actively screened. This means you will be asked of any respiratory signs, symptoms, and travel history.

-Visitor restriction is in full effect with visiting hours changing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.. This means there will be no visitors to our organization outside of the one visitor per patient. There will be no visitors allowed under the age of 18. Palliative care patients will be allowed 2 visitors. Visitor restrictions will be reviewed on an individual case for compassionate grounds.

It is important to note the above measures were planned and not relate[d] to the case above.”

COVID-19 shutting down Ontario schools
Paul Pedro – Blackburn News

“The province has announced that all publicly funded schools in Ontario will be closed for two weeks following the March break because of COVID-19 concerns.

The Minister of Education issued a Ministerial Order late Thursday afternoon to close the schools based on the advice of Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the experts at the COVID-19 Command Table. Premier Doug Ford said public Ontario schools have been ordered to remain closed from March 14 through April 5, 2020.”

The Windsor’s Star’s Trevor Wilhelm compiled this list of #yqgcovid19 Day 1 closures:

  1. Ontario public schools
  2. CHL, OHL, Spitfires
  3. NBL, Windsor Express
  4. Hospice Savour Sea Gala
  5. WindsorEssex Great Lakes First Robotics
  6. South Windsor community info
  7. St. Clair College Open House
  8. Franki Valli @ Caesars
  9. Epic 420

Ontario jury trials on hold due to COVID-19 fears

Bryan Passifiume – The Windsor Star


The Windsor Spitfires were scheduled to host the Saginaw Spirit at the WFCU Centre Thursday night.”

“The Canadian Hockey League (CHL), which includes the OHL says it will suspend the regular season.

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